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This image shows the brains of monogamous prairie voles, with oxytocin receptors labeled in light blue, red, and yellow. When researchers used genetic techniques to increase oxytocin receptor levels in the brain (right column), they found female voles formed partner preferences faster.

Oxytocin: Bonding, Birth, and Trust

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Efforts to uncover nature's way of initiating labor led to the basic science discovery of a brain chemical that is involved in a host of social behaviors.

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Neuroscience of Taste: Chef's Creations Delight the Senses

Source: LiveScience

For Bryan Voltaggio, cooking is about creating a memorable experience. It starts even before a person tastes the food — with the sights, sounds and smells that build anticipation — and culminates with the experience of tasting flavors that call to mind a familiar setting.

These Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain with Science

Source: WIRED

More than 1,000 UK schoolchildren voted a book about optical illusions as the winner of this year’s Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize for science.

A Vital Brain Structure Was Forgotten for 100 Years Because Scientists Couldn't Agree

Source: The Washington Post

A group of researchers tracked the complicated history of long-forgotten neural pathway, revealing that the brain structure — which is vital to our ability to read — was lost to neurologists for a century because of bickering and confusion.

'Emotional Map' Reveals Where Human Body Feels Gentle Touch

Source: LiveScience

Humans may also have an emotional body map that corresponds to feelings of gentle touch, according to new research presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Alzheimer’s Test Detects Disease Decade Ahead of Onset

Source: Bloomberg News

A new blood test for Alzheimer’s appears to detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible -- far sooner than other tests in development.

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Neuroscience 2014 Attendees Share Science From Around the Globe

More than 31,000 researchers, clinicians, and advocates traveled to Washington, DC, to take part in Neuroscience 2014.

Research Shows Potential of Stem Cells in Treating Brain Diseases

Scientists today reported significant advances in the search for stem cell-based treatments for degenerative brain disorders, such as Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Other studies used stem cells to promote brain repair after a stroke and to understand how Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases spread across the brain, providing insight into new potential treatments. 

Studies Show How Diet and Obesity Alter Brain and Behavior

Research released today on the effects of diet on different areas of the brain offers important insights into neurodegenerative disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and depression. The research also sheds new light on how nutrition during pregnancy may alter children’s brains in ways that promote obesity.

The Complex Relationship Between Sleep and Memory

Research released today reveals exciting new insights into the intricate relationship between sleep and memory, advancing understanding about how to protect the brain from problems associated with chronic sleep deprivation and traumatic brain injury, as well as suggesting potential methods for helping people to better learn how to use neuroprosthetic devices.

Brain's Inflammatory Response in Overdrive May Contribute to Common Brain Disorders

When the brain’s protective inflammatory response, activated by injury or disease, lasts for too long, it can contribute to debilitating mental and physical problems, according to research released today. These early findings advance knowledge about the link between brain inflammation and the progression of many common brain illnesses and disorders and suggest possible targets for future treatments.