New research questions safety of cannabidiol for pregnant women

Cannabidiol (CBD), one of the active ingredients in cannabis, is thought to be safe as it does not cause a "high." Increasing numbers of pregnant women take CBD, believing that it can help alleviate symptoms such as morning ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Are mixed emotions real? New research says yes

In Pixar's latest film, "Inside Out 2," complex feelings like envy and embarrassment join the cast of characters. Nostalgia, however, is hurried out the door to cries of "too early," when she appears.


Researchers identify seven new areas in the insular cortex

Researchers of the Human Brain Project (HBP) have identified seven new areas of the human insular cortex, a region of the brain that is involved in a wide variety of functions, including self-awareness, cognition, motor control, ...


Autism-associated brain differences can be observed in the womb

A new study using prenatal brain scans revealed significant differences in brain structures at around 25 weeks' gestation between children who were later diagnosed with ASD and those who were not. The study adds to mounting ...


The brain uses bodily signals to regulate fear

Fear is essential for survival, but must be well regulated to avoid harmful behaviors such as panic attacks or exaggerated risk taking. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology have now demonstrated in mice ...


Exploring psychosomatic inflammation

Your phone pings. It's a notification from your friend, who you just went out for a drink with last night. According to her text, she has just tested positive for COVID-19. You start feeling your throat, you sneak a short ...

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