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New Research Demonstrates That Social Interaction Determines Left Or Right-side Bias
Why aren't left and right-handers equally common? New research* demonstrates that the prevalence of bias or handedness in one direction (Lateralisation) is likely to result from social selection pressures, rather than mere evolutionary chance or genetics. The research is published in Proceedings B, a learned journal published by The Royal Society. We have long known that the two sides of the... View News Article (2004-03-02)

Study Indicates Vitamin A Plays Key Role in the Human Body
n a recently-published study mapping the structure and function of the so-called "orphan" nuclear receptor TR4, Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) investigators suggest that Vitamin A may play a more direct role than was previously known in certain physiological functions including sperm cell formation and the development of the central nervous system. View News Article (2011-03-18)

Journal of Neuroscience: Why evolutionarily ancient brain areas are important
Structures in the midbrain that developed early in evolution can be responsible for functions in newborns which in adults are taken over by the cerebral cortex. View News Article (2011-11-30)

Scripps Research Scientists Find Anticonvulsant Drug Helps Marijuana Smokers Kick The Habit
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found clinical evidence that the drug gabapentin, currently on the market to treat neuropathic pain and epilepsy, helps people to quit smoking marijuana (cannabis). View News Article (2012-04-25)

Computerized training of working memory is a promising therapeutic strategy in ADHD
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a state of serious impairments in both learning ability and social functioning, is one of many labels for one of the most prevalent conditions in child psychiatry, and, undoubtedly, the most controversial, which partly persists into adulthood. View News Article (2007-10-15)

The neurobiology of musicality related to the intrinsic attachment behavior?
In the study of University of Helsinki and Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, the neurobiological basis of music in human evolution and communication was evaluated using candidate genes associated in the earlier studies with social bonding and cognitive functions. View News Article (2009-05-26)

Not getting sleepy? Stanford research explains why hypnosis doesn't work for all
Not everyone is able to be hypnotized, and new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be. View News Article (2012-10-04)

Diverse ecosystems are crucial climate change buffer
Preserving diverse plant life will be crucial to buffer the negative effects of climate change and desertification in in the world's drylands, according to a new landmark study. View News Article (2012-01-13)

More evidence of cannabis-induced psychosis: Cannabis-based medicines given in a highly-controlled clinical environment unexpectedly lead to strong psychotic effects
Volunteers taking cannabis-based therapeutic drugs as part of a controlled trial, which had been approved by an ethics board as safe for the subjects, experienced psychotic effects just as strong as if they had smoked cannabis. These findings, highly unexpected in such a controlled environment, are published today in the peer-reviewed, Open Access journal BMC Psychiatry. View News Article (2005-03-30)

UK research unveils new generation of immunological adjuvants
Investment from the White Rose Technology Seedcorn Fund (WRTSF) - the venture capital fund owned by the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York (UK) - has funded the completion of a series of significant technical milestones in the development of a new family of `immunologically-rational` adjuvants for vaccines, which are materially very different from the existing adjuvants based on aluminium... View News Article (2002-08-13)

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