Neuroscience

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Struggling to learn a new language? Blame it on your stable brain

A new study sheds light on the age-old question of why it’s so difficult to learn a second language as an adult.

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Can this controversial new drug curb Alzheimer’s disease?

It’s complicated, but for some patients, there’s reason to be optimistic about aducanumab, the treatment that made waves upon receiving FDA approval this summer.

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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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