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ADHD gene found

If a specific gene is destroyed, it causes an ADHD-like condition, reveals research on mice. That insight could lead to a better medical treatment, say scientists.

Mystery solved: why a Turkish family walks on all fours

A Turkish family suffers from a rare disorder that forces them to walk on all fours. Danish scientists have discovered how the disease works and at the same time solved a long-standing scientific mystery.

Pioneer neuropsychologist wins Kavli Prize

Brenda Milner brought about one of the most notable discoveries made in research on human memory. She has been awarded the Kavli Prize for Neuroscience together with John O’Keefe and Marcus E. Raichle.

Why certain smells trigger memories

The signals from your nose connect to memories in an orchestrated symphony of signals in your brain.

Risky young drivers are highly emotional

When the emotional centre in a young person's brain overrides the part that's responsible for rational decisions – you‘ve got yourself a risky driver.

Big-brained birds less likely to die in traffic

Collisions with cars kill millions of birds every year. Mostly the ones with small brains.

‘Reptilian’ brain is a penny-pincher

A primitive sector of the brain, the amygdala, affects financial decisions. But how do we explain a big difference in men’s and women’s altruistic actions?

A light switch in the brain illuminates neural networks

Scientists can see which cells communicate with each other in the brain by flipping a neural light switch.

Investing with both our heads and our hearts

Do we listen to our heads or our hearts when investing? Researchers have investigated what motivates customers to invest in green funds.

Pain can be a relief

When something causes less pain than expected it is even possible for it to feel pleasant. New findings may play a key role in treating pain and substance abuse.