Brain Education

New Atlas: Can stimulating the brain make us fall in love?

Oxytocin has long been called the love hormone, thanks to the warm and fuzzy feelings it creates in the brain. It also plays a key role in encouraging social bonding in humans and animals and it’s an effective painkiller to boot, but the brain circuitry behind these effects is still being untangled. (June 1, 2017) […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists identify 100 memory genes, open new avenues of brain study

Scientists have identified more than 100 genes linked to memory, opening new avenues of research to better understand memory processing in the human brain. A study at the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute includes the results of a new strategy to identify genes that underlie specific brain processes. This strategy may eventually help scientists develop […]

OUP Blog: Of dogs, apes, and humans

t’s the late afternoon and you are in the kitchen, idly beginning to think about dinner, at the end of a long day at work. Suddenly the peace is shattered by the noisy entrance of your dog and your son. (June 1, 2017) Read the full article here

New Scientist: Brain switch in voles makes them fall in love at first sight

Talk about flipping a switch. By simply activating certain circuits in the brains of female prairie voles, researchers made them “fall in love” with specific males. “It’s like remote control of the brain circuitry to create a pair bond,” says Robert Liu at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a member of the team using […]

New York Magazine: This is the age when your brain is at its most random

In research published last month in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, mathematician Nicholas Gauvrit and his team at the LABORES Scientific Research Lab, a research institution in Paris, discovered that when it comes to random thinking and decision-making, a person’s ability peaks at about age 25 and then gradually declines for the next several decades, […]