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A stylized microscopy image of forebrain neural progenitor cells from chimpanzees described in the publication. The image represents the work's potential for offering insights into the evolution of the primate tree of life. Credit: Salk Institute/Carol Marchetto/Ana P.D. Mendes

Revealing the evolution of the brain

Since the split from the last common ancestor of hominins (Homo) and African apes, human brain evolution has been characterized by several waves of...
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Biggest ever map of human Alzheimer’s brain published

Scientists at the The University of Manchester have created the largest ever dataset of differences between healthy brains and those with Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, scientists also...
Why women tend to stay mentally sharp longer than men?

Why women tend to stay mentally sharp longer than men?

Sex differences influence brain morphology and physiology during both development and aging. The brain’s metabolism slows as people grow older, and this, too, may differ...
Listening to the music you love makes your brain release more dopamine

Listening to the music you love makes your brain release more dopamine

In everyday life humans regularly seek participation in highly complex and pleasurable experiences such as music listening, singing, or playing, that does not seem...
Scientists find brain cells that make pain hurt

Scientists find brain cells that make pain hurt

A team of scientists at Stanford University has identified a bundle of brain cells in mice responsible for the latter—that is, the negative emotions...
How does the human brain marks time?

How does the human brain marks time?

Neurobiologists from the University of California have recently discovered a key component of how the human brain marks time. For this work, they took...
The human brain works in reverse order to retrieve memories

The human brain works in reverse order to retrieve memories

Remembering is a reconstructive process, yet little is known about how the reconstruction of a memory unfolds in time in the human brain. Understanding...
Yale researchers track the birth of memories

Yale researchers track the birth of memories

Neuroscientists were keen to know how and when memory form. Now, Yale scientists came up with a possible explanation. By identifying brain activity in the hippocampus...
Section of a mouse brain showing in red the circuit that reinforces the behaviour, in green the circuit that reinforces the decision to continue. If the green projection is very active, the mice self-stimulate their red projection despite negative consequences. They become compulsive. © UNIGE

What happens in the brain of compulsive drug users?

Addiction is a disease that develops in stages: it starts with the initial exposure to a substance followed by a phase where consumption remains...

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