Study may show way to predict autism or psychosis in children with genetic disorder

UCLA-led research may help lead to earlier, more targeted intervention for people with DiGeorge syndrome.
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The sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes

Without enough shut-eye, a smile can look more like a scowl. And the price for that mistake can be high.

What we know colors what we see

Perception is strongly influenced by prior knowledge, lending credence to the theory that the brain does not faithfully represent the environment but rather attempts to predict it.
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Intellectual pursuits may buffer the brain against addiction

Mice engaged in stimulating activities were less likely to seek out cocaine.

Researchers ID ‘conjunction junction’ for brain’s navigation function

Ever wake at night and find your way through the house without stubbing your toe? There's a region of the brain that enables you to do that – and generally helps you navigate the world.
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Humans’ built-in GPS is our 3-D sense of smell

Our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, allowing us to navigate territory by following one's nose.

Trans fats clog memory as well as arteries

Higher consumption of the fats — commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability — is linked to worsened memory function in middle-aged and younger men.
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Poor sleep linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Deposits of beta-amyloid appear to lead to a vicious cycle in which sleep is further disturbed and memory impaired.
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Even when at rest, our brains prepare us to be social

The brain has a major system that seems predisposed to get us ready to be social in our spare moments.
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Neuroscience helps explain American households’ $12 trillion debt

Op-ed: Psychiatrist explains how consumerist culture has warped Americans’ brains into reckless spending.