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  • December 4, 2001
  • 07:00 PM
  • 2,485 views

Romantic Songs Make Women More Open To Dates…

by Maria P. in noustuff

Many studies have showed that that media with violent or aggressive content (such as violent videogames) may increase aggressive behaviour and thoughts (Bushman & Huesmann, 2006). Moreover, music and lyrics can influence people’s behaviour; prosocial songs were found to be associated with a significant increase in tipping behaviour (Jacob, Guéguen & Boulbry, 2010), male customers [...]... Read more »

Gueguen, N., Jacob, C., & Lamy, L. (2010) 'Love is in the air': Effects of songs with romantic lyrics on compliance with a courtship request. Psychology of Music, 38(3), 303-307. info:/http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305735609360428

  • December 31, 1969
  • 07:33 PM
  • 1,349 views

Experimental Biology Blogging: High and Low Cocaine Responding Rats, Cocaine Abuse, and the Norepinephrine Transporter

by Scicurious in Neurotic Physiology

Cocaine, and other drugs of abuse, are difficult things to predict. We know to some extent what their initial effects on the brain are, how they act, and some of the things that we can do. But what we don't know, is who will become addicted to them. It is estimated right now that 15% [...]... Read more »

  • December 31, 1969
  • 07:33 PM
  • 1,352 views

Fruit Bats Use “Cognitive Map” To Navigate

by Jim Ryan in Wild Mammals

Today, many cars and cell phones are equipped with GPS navigation devices that make it relatively easy for us to find our way to specific localities. ... Ran Nathan from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) how Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) locate individual fruit trees dozens of kilometers from their caves each night (Figure 1).


...At first, the researchers collected data as the bats took flight each night from ........ Read more »

Tsoar, A., Nathan, R., Bartan, Y., Vyssotski, A., Dell"Omo, G., and N. Ulanovsky. (2011) Large-scale navigational map in a mammal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. info:/10.1073/pnas.1107365108

  • December 31, 1969
  • 07:33 PM
  • 1,198 views

Caller ID in Koala Calls

by Jim Ryan in Wild Mammals

The phone rings, you answer, the caller says “hello, and” you instantly recognize the caller’s voice. This ability to recognize other individuals by their voice is also relatively common in baboons and other non-human primates. Until recently, this ability has not been demonstrated in marsupials.


Reporting in the online journal PLoS One, Benjamin Charlton and colleagues (2011a) demonstrate that Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) may also have the ability to produce bellows t........ Read more »

  • December 31, 1969
  • 07:32 PM
  • 1,116 views

Hyperfast Echolocation Muscles in Bats

by Jim Ryan in Wild Mammals

With echolocation, however, bats only get a snapshot of their environment with each call and echo, requiring them to make rapid successions of calls. By bouncing sound waves off objects, including the bugs that are their main diet, bats can produce an accurate representation of their environment in total darkness. When hunting a flying insect that can quickly move in any direction, bats need the most rapid updates on their prey’s position in the instant before the catch. At this crit........ Read more »

Elemans, C., Mead, A., Jakobsen, L., & Ratcliffe, J. (2011) Superfast Muscles Set Maximum Call Rate in Echolocating Bats. Science, 333(6051), 1885-1888. DOI: 10.1126/science.1207309  

  • December 31, 1969
  • 07:32 PM
  • 1,259 views

Passive Electroreception in Dolphins

by Jim Ryan in Wild Mammals

Sharks and other aquatic vertebrates are known to use passive electroreception to detect other organisms in the vicinity. Passive electroreception is the ability of an animal to detect the weak electric field given off by another animal in the vicinity. However, mammals rely primarily on visual, olfactory, touch, and auditory information to perceive their world. Among mammals, only the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus) uses passive electroreception t........ Read more »

Czech-Damal, N., Liebschner, A., Miersch, L., Klauer, G., Hanke, F., Marshall, C., Dehnhardt, G., & Hanke, W. (2011) Electroreception in the Guiana dolphin (Sotalia guianensis). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1729), 663-668. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1127  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 3,284 views

Nicotine and the Humphrey Bogart Gene

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

You can lead a fish to water, but can you make it smoke?

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Petzold AM, Balciunas D, Sivasubbu S, Clark KJ, Bedell VM, Westcot SE, Myers SR, Moulder GL, Thomas MJ, & Ekker SC. (2009) Nicotine response genetics in the zebrafish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106(44), 18662-7. PMID: 19858493  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,062 views

Let’s Get Cellular: Meth Metabolism

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

We know from the work of Nora Volkow and others that meth abusers have chronically low levels of dopamine D2 receptors in their brains. But what is going on in the rest of the body when methamphetamine addiction is running full force?... Read more »

Sun, L., Li, H., Seufferheld, M., Walters, K., Margam, V., Jannasch, A., Diaz, N., Riley, C., Sun, W., Li, Y.... (2011) Systems-Scale Analysis Reveals Pathways Involved in Cellular Response to Methamphetamine. PLoS ONE, 6(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018215  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,295 views

Let’s Get Cellular: Meth Metabolism

by Dirk Hanson in Addiction Inbox

We know from the work of Nora Volkow and others that meth abusers have chronically low levels of dopamine D2 receptors in their brains. But what is going on in the rest of the body when methamphetamine addiction is running full force?... Read more »

Sun, L., Li, H., Seufferheld, M., Walters, K., Margam, V., Jannasch, A., Diaz, N., Riley, C., Sun, W., Li, Y.... (2011) Systems-Scale Analysis Reveals Pathways Involved in Cellular Response to Methamphetamine. PLoS ONE, 6(4). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0018215  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,862 views

The neural correlates of romantic love

by DJ in Neuropoly

Examining a recent study that attempts to answer whether intense, romantic love of the kind commonly associated with young couples exists for long-term married couples as well.... ... Read more »

Acevedo BP, Aron A, Fisher HE, & Brown LL. (2011) Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. PMID: 21208991  

DEGRECK, M., ROTTE, M., PAUS, R., MORITZ, D., THIEMANN, R., PROESCH, U., BRUER, U., MOERTH, S., TEMPELMANN, C., & BOGERTS, B. (2008) Is our self based on reward? Self-relatedness recruits neural activity in the reward system. NeuroImage, 39(4), 2066-2075. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.11.006  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,966 views

Parody: How to Synthesise Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

by Neurobonkers in Neurobonkers

Over in the US it has apparently become so difficult to get hold of pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), that one researcher has published a satirical paper explaining how to manufacture it out of crystal meth (PDF). The paper describes how “in the past most stores were able to sell pseudoephedrine”, the US’s most popular decongestant but new laws require only pharmacies, often with restricted opening hours to sell the medicine only to those carrying government issued ID. The paper argue........ Read more »

Hai, O. Hakkenshit, I.B. (2012) A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine. Journal of Apocryphal Chemistry. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,704 views

Coffee: a caffeinated chronicle

by Jordan Gaines in Gaines, on Brains

Because I like to understand what I'm putting in my body, I decided to explore coffee: its history, its neurological mechanism, and—what I'm sure everyone's dying to know—why it is so easy to become addicted and dependent on it.... Read more »

Cocker PJ, Hosking JG, Benoit J, & Winstanley CA. (2012) Sensitivity to Cognitive Effort Mediates Psychostimulant Effects on a Novel Rodent Cost/Benefit Decision-Making Task. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. PMID: 22453140  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,747 views

Your Good Side Is the Left Side, According to Science

by United Academics in United Academics

Don’t give it any more thought: according to scientists, left side of the face usually looks better, mainly because it’s more expressive than the right side. Researchers at the Wake Forest University showed a series of photographs to 37 people, some of them mirror-reversed, so the viewers wouldn’t know which side they were looking at. In most cases, they chose the left side no matter where it was in the picture.... Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,827 views

“Beware of Exercise” is a Sexy Headline

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

A new study that raised concerns about exercise should instead raise concerns about obesity.... Read more »

Claude Bouchard, Steven Blair, Timothy Church, Conrad Earnest, James Hagberg, Keijo Häkkinen, Nathan Jenkins, Laura Karavirta, William Kraus, Arthur Leon.... (2012) Adverse Metabolic Response to Regular Exercise: Is It a Rare or Common Occurrence?. PLOS One, 7(5). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0037887

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,048 views

“Beware of Exercise” is a Sexy Headline

by nooffensebut in The Unsilenced Science

A new study that raised concerns about exercise should instead raise concerns about obesity.... Read more »

Claude Bouchard, Steven Blair, Timothy Church, Conrad Earnest, James Hagberg, Keijo Häkkinen, Nathan Jenkins, Laura Karavirta, William Kraus, Arthur Leon.... (2012) Adverse Metabolic Response to Regular Exercise: Is It a Rare or Common Occurrence?. PLOS One, 7(5). info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0037887

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,264 views

The Role of Feedback Is Overemphasized, Says Researcher

by United Academics in United Academics

No matter if it’s good or bad; when it comes to difficult decision-making tasks, feedback may make things even more confusing, according to new research published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.... Read more »

Osman, M. (2012) The role of feedback in dynamic decision making. Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. info:/

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,378 views

Early Human Diet Went Grassy, Early

by Andrew Porterfield in United Academics

A series of studies from the University of Utah found that our ancestors expanded their culinary tastes to grasses and grains, as much as 3.5 million years ago.... Read more »

Cerling TE, Manthi FK, Mbua EN, Leakey LN, Leakey MG, Leakey RE, Brown FH, Grine FE, Hart JA, Kaleme P.... (2013) Stable isotope-based diet reconstructions of Turkana Basin hominins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 23733966  

Wynn JG, Sponheimer M, Kimbel WH, Alemseged Z, Reed K, Bedaso ZK, & Wilson JN. (2013) Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 23733965  

Sponheimer M, Alemseged Z, Cerling TE, Grine FE, Kimbel WH, Leakey MG, Lee-Thorp JA, Manthi FK, Reed KE, Wood BA.... (2013) Isotopic evidence of early hominin diets. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 23733964  

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 2,260 views

I WILL FEAR NO EVIL: THE FIRST HEAD TRANSPLANT ON HUMAN

by Eugenio Maria Battaglia in Science to Grok

In 2008, doctor Sergio Canavero, an italian neurosurgeon based in Turin, IT, have awakened a 20 years old lady from a permanent post-traumatic vegetative state, by means of a bifocal extradural cortical electro-stimulation. Today, while Science still find it hard to explain consciousness and embodied cognition – the world-class neurosurgeon made a shock announcement: “I’m ready for the first head transplant on a man.”

In the manuscript published on Surgical Neurology I........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,332 views

The Science of Sleep

by Amy Swanston in Antisense Science

Feeling tired? I know I am. But what is it that makes us feel like we need to sleep? And what keeps us awake?
Within our bodies, a lot of systems work antagonistically to maintain homeostasis - that is, one action opposes another, keeping balance. There are two important forces that we use to control sleep: our sleep drive and our alerting signal. As the day goes on, the drive to sleep becomes greater and greater, so our alerting signal has to increase at the same rate to keep us awake. S........ Read more »

  • November 30, 1999
  • 12:00 AM
  • 1,121 views

Tit for tet: Tet3 regulates neuron activity through epigenetic changes

by Betty Zou in Eat, Read, Science

Tet3 regulates neuronal activity through epigenetic changes in the cells' DNA. It alters the speed and ease with which neurons communicate by altering the number of receptors at the synapse.... Read more »

Yu H, Su Y, Shin J, Zhong C, Guo JU, Weng YL, Gao F, Geschwind DH, Coppola G, Ming GL.... (2015) Tet3 regulates synaptic transmission and homeostatic plasticity via DNA oxidation and repair. Nature neuroscience, 18(6), 836-43. PMID: 25915473  

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