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Even those who know better find junk food irresistible

The sight of a burger and fries pushes our happy button, even if you know a salad is better for you.
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Why humans have superior reasoning skills

It's all in the brain — a network that's key to analysis, memory retrieval, abstract thinking and problem-solving, and missing from other primates.
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Team wins grant to tackle concussions among football players

New ‘microlattice’ helmet material would reduce head injuries, track collision impacts.
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What monkeys can teach us about pitching

New motor learning research suggests that 'muscle memory actually is something the brain is constantly relearning.

Manipulating memory with light

Researchers have used light to erase specific memories in mice, and proved a basic theory of how different parts of the brain work together to retrieve episodic memories.

$17M award aims to improve clinical trials for traumatic brain injury

Department of Defense award joins universities, FDA, firms, philanthropies in partnership.

Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time

In a small-scale study, nine of 10 people with the disease displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months.
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Why we can’t tell a Hollywood heartthrob from his stunt double

Scientists have pinpointed the brain mechanism by which we latch on to a particular face, even when it changes.
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Curiosity helps learning and memory

Curiosity, while perhaps still dangerous for cats, serves as motivation for humans to acquire and retain information.
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UC nabs nearly a quarter of NIH brain research grants

Projects led by UC scientists will receive more than $10 million of the $46 million being awarded as part of the Obama BRAIN Initiative.