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Social intelligence: The brain mirrors behaviour of others

New study may help us understand why some people with autism and schizophrenia find it hard to cope socially.

Morning light relieves anxiety

The right light in the morning can reduce anxiety responses in healthy people, new study shows.

From music to medicine

The analytical tool was developed to analyse how we move to music. Now, it may also provide answers to the risk of premature babies developing cerebral palsy.

Untested chemicals damage children’s brains

The number of industrial chemicals with a proven neurotoxicity effect on children’s brains has doubled since 2006. Meanwhile, the number of children with developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD is on a rise. Scientists are raising the alarm.

Mind over matter for entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs who use a lot of their mental powers to obtain as much information as possible, have less success transforming their idea into a new business than those who automatically think implementation.

Why do headless chickens run?

The brain does not control all body movements. Some movements are to a great extent controlled by neural networks in the spinal cord. This is why a chicken can run away after you chop its head off. A new study takes a closer look at this strange phenomenon.

A new angle on cognitive failures

The ability to pay attention to our surroundings is associated with the levels of the GABA neurotransmitter in the visual parts of the brain, new study reveals.

When ammonia becomes toxic

Ammonia is very toxic to the brain and new research shows why: the glial cells ability to remove potassium is disturbed.

Do neurons alone cause consciousness?

Our thoughts and emotions may not only be controlled by the brain’s neurons. Study sheds new light on how the brain works.

Emotions mapped out in the body

Finnish researchers have studied how emotions such as happiness, nervousness and anger feel in the body. The results led to a colourful outline of the physical reactions to emotions.