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That song stuck in your head helps you to remember

‘Earworms’ are more than a passing nuisance. They help us preserve memory – for music and for life.

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Immunotherapy for hard-to-treat cancers ready to move toward clinical trials

Researchers have demonstrated how to engineer smart immune cells that are effective against solid tumors.

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To keep a sharp mind, start thinking of heart health in your 20s

Obesity, hypertension and high glucose in early adulthood may take a heavy toll on cognition late in life, UCSF-led study shows.

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Making decisions based on how we feel about memories, not accuracy

A new study explores the difference between subjective and objective memory.

Martin Monti

Scientists jump-start two people’s brains after coma

‘Stunning to see with your own eyes,’ says UCLA neuroscientist Martin Monti.

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The 16 facial expressions most common to emotional situations worldwide

At a time when nativism is on the rise, a new study reveals the universality of human emotional expression.

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Drug reverses age-related mental decline within days

Rapid rejuvenation in mice suggests physiological — and removable — blockages may be behind certain cognitive issues.

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What uncertainty can mean for your mind and body

The stress of uncertainty, especially when prolonged, is among the most insidious.

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Scientists discover how a common mutation leads to ‘night owl’ sleep disorder

A small change in our biological clocks lengthens the clock period, causing people to stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning.

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Understanding the partisan brain

A new study shows a never-before-seen glimpse of how political polarization looks in our brains.