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Mind Control

We've never had an agreed-upon model for how the mind works; people have suffered from misinformed theories and treatments as a result. The work of today's behavioral neuroscientists deserves extra scrutiny as they develop treatments for mental health, explore the nature of consciousness, and further the development of artificial intelligences.

The neurons that make fruit flies interested in sex are turned on by song

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Fruit flies go so far as to have species specific melodies and chords

Ashley E Peppriell, University of Rochester

The mother's gut microbiome helps a child's brain develop its senses

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Simon Spichak, University College, Cork

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New research uses CRISPR gene editing to grow new neurons in diseased brains

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Sahana Sitaraman, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India

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Scientists put visions of letters in blind people's brains

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Stimulating the brain in specific ways can generate mental images of simple shapes

Meredith Schmehl, Duke University

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What makes something smell good or bad?

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Weihong Lin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Rakaia Kenney, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Kayla Lemons, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Your brain isn't the same in virtual reality as it is in the real world

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VR is widely used to study the brain, but it isn't the same as real life — and this has real-world consequences

Dori Grijseels, University of Sussex

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Connecting brains to machines may let bacteria come along for the ride

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Amy Nippert, University of Minnesota

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Miniature brains the size of a pea are sending out brainwaves for the first time

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Thiago Arzua, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Daylight saving time is bad for your health

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Anisha Kalidindi, Ohio State University

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Some brains are more susceptible to PTSD after trauma than others

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Claudia López Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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