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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.

What makes something smell good or bad?

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The science of stink

Weihong Lin, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Rakaia Kenney, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Kayla Lemons, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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

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Brain-machine interfaces like Elon Musk's Neuralink have come a long way, but biological limitations remain

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 Lopez-Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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Feel like quitting? Blame your brain cells

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Claudia Lopez-Lloreda, University of Pennsylvania

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How do we measure pain, anyway?

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Jeremy Delahanty, UC Davis

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Those few cigarette puffs during adolescence might have altered your brain

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Researchers have found that even occasional cigarette use is enough to affect the volume and connectivity of developing brains

Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo, Pennsylvania State University

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Microglia may be the missing clue to solve the opioid epidemic

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Sara Whitestone, Université de Bordeaux

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Being a Pokémon Master in childhood permanently alters your brain

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Hannah Thomasy, University of Washington

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The medical jump from mice to humans just got easier

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Machine learning technology could help researchers determine what mouse data are useful when designing human clinical trials

Kimberly McCoy, Biochemistry

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Should parents fear potatoes as much as screens?

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Jack Barton, University of Manchester

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That bossy GPS voice isn't actually necessary for navigating

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New research suggests our brains update an internal 'cognitive map' when the environment changes

Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds, McGill University

Scientists have learned to grow brain tissue to 100x (just add water)

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Gregory Logan-Graf, Carnegie Mellon University

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The psychedelic renaissance is here. Will it last this time?

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To avoid the mistakes of the past, scientists and society need to open their minds

Benjamin Bell, Johns Hopkins University

Does modern neuroscience really help us understand behavior?

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Danbee Kim, Champalimaud Foundation

Gonçalo Lopes, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

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Can MDMA help people with autism overcome social anxiety?

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Benjamin Bell, Johns Hopkins University

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How shaving mice led to an accidental discovery about our sense of touch

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Gregory Logan-Graf, Carnegie Mellon University

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