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Ritalin Drives Greater Connection Between Brain Areas Key to Memory and Attention

Methylphenidate (Ritalin) led to increases in levels of available dopamine in a central brain structure called the head of the caudate.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

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Neanderthal Gene Gives Clues to Human Brain Evolution

Modern humans who carry particular Neanderthal DNA fragments have heads that are slightly less rounded, revealing genetic clues to the evolution of modern brain shape and function.

The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)

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New Genetic Clues to Frontotemporal Dementia

A lone mutation in a single gene that causes an inherited form of FTD makes it harder for neurons in the brain to communicate with one another, leading to neurodegeneration.

The research is in Translational Psychiatry. (full open access)

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Widespread Brain Alterations Identified in Callous Kids

Children with elevated levels of callous traits show widespread differences in brain structure compared with children with lower levels of the traits.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry. (full open access)

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Pain: Perception and Motor Impulses Arise in Brain Independently of One Another

The results may have fundamental repercussions for the understanding of pain and treatment of pain patients.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

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Brain Activity Shows Development of Visual Sensitivity in Autism

Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and adulthood.

The research is in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. (full open access)

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Anticipation of Touch Takes Focus and Executive Skills

The ability to anticipate touch, researchers found, also indicates an ability to focus.

The research is in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. (full open access)

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How Bullying Affects the Brain

Research shows there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffer from mental illness.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full access paywall)
How Bullying Affects the Brain
How Bullying Affects the Brain

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Developing Brains of Preterm Babies Benefit From Caffeine Therapy

Early caffeine treatment has no long-term negative effects on neurodevelopment, and is actually associated with better cognitive scores, and reduced odds of cerebral palsy and hearing impairment.

The research is in Pediatrics. (full access paywall)
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