Psychology & Psychiatry

'Smiling eyes' may not signify true happiness after all

A smile that lifts the cheeks and crinkles the eyes is thought by many to be truly genuine. But new research at Carnegie Mellon University casts doubt on whether this joyful facial expression necessarily tells others how ...

Medical research

How the brain paralyzes you while you sleep

We laugh when we see Homer Simpson falling asleep while driving, while in church, and even while operating the Springfield nuclear reactor. In reality though, narcolepsy, cataplexy and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior ...

Health

Simple measurement could transform injury rehabilitation

Researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Western Australia have found a simple way to analyze the effectiveness of exercise training that could one day be conducted easily at a local gym or physio.

Neuroscience

Q&A: Dissecting movement disorders through the eyes of a fly

Every time we move, electrical impulses are channeled along neuronal highways, jumping from nerve cell to nerve cell until they reach a muscle, causing it to contract. Because muscle movement depends on neuronal function, ...

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