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The Ballooning Brain: Defective Genes May Explain Uncontrolled Brain Growth in Autism

The Ballooning Brain: Defective Genes May Explain Uncontrolled Brain Growth in Autism | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Autistic children's brains may grow too big, too soon. A new study links this unusual growth to abnormal gene activity that fails to prune unnecessary neural connections

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Identical Twins' Genes Are Not Identical: Scientific American

Identical Twins' Genes Are Not Identical: Scientific American | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Twins may appear to be cut from the same cloth, but their genes reveal a different pattern...
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Genes influence criminal behavior, research suggests

Genes influence criminal behavior, research suggests | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Your genes could be a strong predictor of whether you stray into a life of crime, according to a new research paper.
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A gene for depression localized

A gene for depression localized | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
Psychiatric disorders can be described on many levels, the most traditional of which are subjective descriptions of the experience of being depressed and the use of rating scales that quantify depressive symptoms.
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'Language gene' speeds learning

'Language gene' speeds learning | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

A mutation that appeared more than half a million years ago may have helped humans learn the complex muscle movements that are critical to speech and language.


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Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes?

Can You Predict a Monkey’s Social Status by Looking at Its Genes? | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Rhesus macaques, which are some of the best studied of all monkeys, establish hierarchies in their social groups.

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Genetic Manipulation Boosts Growth Of Brain Cells Linked To Learning, Enhances Antidepressants

Genetic Manipulation Boosts Growth Of Brain Cells Linked To Learning, Enhances Antidepressants | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators have identified a genetic manipulation that increases the development of neurons in the brain during aging and enhances the effect of antidepressant drugs.

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Lab-Made Neurons Allow Scientists To Study A Genetic Cause Of Parkinson's

Lab-Made Neurons Allow Scientists To Study A Genetic Cause Of Parkinson's | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

Their findings, which they write about in the 7 February issue of Nature Communications, reveal some potential new drug targets for Parkinson's and a new platform to screen treatments that might mimic the protective functions of parkin, the gene they investigated.

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New gene discovery unlocks mystery to epilepsy in infants

New gene discovery unlocks mystery to epilepsy in infants | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it
A team of Australian researchers has come a step closer to unlocking a mystery that causes epileptic seizures in babies.
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Schizophrenia - Single Genetic Changes In Two Genes Raise Risk

Schizophrenia - Single Genetic Changes In Two Genes Raise Risk | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

According to a study by Johns Hopkins investigators published in the Nov. 16 issue of Neuron, the risk of developing schizophrenia may be increased by carrying single DNA letter changes from two different genes.

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Ten years of the language gene that wasn’t

Ten years of the language gene that wasn’t | Psychology and Brain News | Scoop.it

It's now ten years since mutations in the FOXP2 gene were linked to language problems, which led to lots of overblown headlines about a 'language gene', which it isn't.

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