Neuroscience

Estrogen's role in the sex differences of alcohol abuse

Fluctuating estrogen levels may make alcohol more rewarding to female mice, according to new research in JNeurosci. Untangling the involved signaling pathways could unveil sex-based treatments for alcohol use disorders.

Neuroscience

How serotonin balances communication within the brain

The brain is steadily engaged in thought. These internal communications are also usually bombarded with external sensory events. Hence, the impact of the two neuronal processes need to be permanently fine-tuned to avoid their ...

Medical research

Newly discovered memory process influences decision-making

Learned connections between stimuli and reward—like the positive emotions associated with popular brands—have a powerful influence over our future decisions. Scientists have started to discover why.

Neuroscience

Researchers gain new insights into pain signaling in the brain

Fast communication between our brain cells—or neurotransmission as it is called—is hugely important for our brain to work properly. Some of the messengers involved in this form of communication are neuropeptides, which ...

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