Brain & Behavior

‘Robopets’ can benefit health and wellbeing of older care home residents

Researchers have found evidence that 'robopets' can provide comfort and pleasure and reduce agitation and loneliness. Funded by NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied...

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness

Anger may be more harmful to an older person's physical health than sadness, potentially increasing inflammation, which is associated with such chronic illnesses as...

Appendix removal associated with development of Parkinson’s disease

Patients who had their appendix removed were more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those whose appendix remained in place, according to the largest...

Negative economic messaging impacting on suicide rates, says new research

Relentless negative reporting on economic downturns is impacting on people's emotions and contributing to the suicide rate, according to new research. Carried out by Dr...

Broccoli sprout compound may restore brain chemistry imbalance linked to schizophrenia

In a series of recently published studies using animals and people, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have further characterized a set of chemical...

Train your brain to eat less sugar

More than half of American adults consume excess added sugars, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Major dietary guidelines recommend...

Ancient ritual bundle contained multiple psychotropic plants

One thousand years ago, Native Americans in South America used multiple psychotropic plants — possibly simultaneously — to induce hallucinations and altered consciousness, according...

A moody gut often accompanies depression — new study helps explain why

For people with depression, gastrointestinal distress is a common additional burden, and a new study suggests that for some, the two conditions arise from...

Maternal nut consumption during pregnancy linked to improvements in neurodevelopment in children

Nuts are known to help reduce the risk of hypertension, oxidative stress and diabetes and they may exercise a protective effect against cognitive decline...

Transplanting gut bacteria alters depression-related behavior, brain inflammation in animals

Scientists have shown that transplanting gut bacteria, from an animal that is vulnerable to social stress to a non-stressed animal, can cause vulnerable behavior...

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