Neuroscience

What does myelin actually do?

Students of physiology are invariably taught that the primary function of myelin is to insulate nerves. In particular, to make action potentials more efficient by increasing the thickness of the membrane and thereby decreasing ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Boredom found to be a factor in sadistic behavior

A team of researchers at Aarhus University has found evidence that suggests feeling bored can be a factor in setting off sadistic behavior. In their paper published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal ...

Neuroscience

How retrotransposons control the brain

Around half of the genome is made up of transposable elements or 'jumping genes' that derive from ancient viral integrations. They persist in various states of decay like an old fashioned 'pull your own' junkyard where parts ...

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