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Finding the one: what prairie voles can tell us about the drive to seek out our romantic partner

As humans, we fall in love and "couple-up", something scientists refer to as a pair bond. This is unusual among mammals, most of whom are promiscuous - typically mating and moving on. Fewer than 10% of mammalian species share our ability to form pair bonds,... click to read more

  • William M. Sheeran | MD/PhD Student at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • David S.W. Protter | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Zoe R. Donaldson | Assistant Professor at Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA; Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA
Views 730
Reading time 5 min
published on Jun 3, 2021
Awake or dreaming: how brain ‘noise’ tells the difference

We spend almost one-third of our lives asleep, being disconnected from the world and seemingly 'inactive'. But sleeping is not a waste of time – it is essential for maintaining both our body and mind in good shape. Indeed, sleep is an exceptionally complex biological... click to read more

  • Janna D. Lendner | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, United States; Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Views 677
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 22, 2021
Learning to stop: two types of neurons cooperate to adjust behaviour

We continuously learn about the consequences of our actions and change our behaviour accordingly so we can in future repeat a response that produced the desired outcome and hold back learned behaviours that are no longer appropriate. Imagine you are hungry and go to the... click to read more

  • Miriam Matamales | Research Fellow at School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Views 1188
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 19, 2021
Our blood may be making us smarter

There is nothing subtle about the immune system. T cells, potent immune cells found in the blood, can kill just about anything. In response to a viral infection, T cells move in, kill any of your cells that have a virus inside them, coordinate a... click to read more

Views 1108
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 1, 2021
A contributing gene for cannabis dependence

It's easy to see how certain traits can be linked back to your genetics, such as your hair color or height. It's also undeniable that some mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, have a strong genetic link. More recently, substance use disorder - a category... click to read more

  • Caitlin E. Burgdorf | PhD graduate at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Anjali M. Rajadhyaksha | Professor, Associate Dean of Program Development at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Francis S. Lee | Chair and Psychiatrist-in-Chief Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
Views 1534
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 8, 2020