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    • Misguided Math

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 16 mins
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    From within the dark confines of the skull, the brain builds its own version of reality. By weaving together expectations and information gleaned from the senses, the brain creates a story about the outside world. For most of us, the brain is a skilled storyteller, but to spin a sensible yarn, it has to fill in some details itself.

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    • Head Space

    • How Our Brains Rule Our Lives
    • By: Kathiann Kowalski, Esther Landhuis, Ashley Yeager, and others
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    How much do you know about that three-pound hunk of tissue in your head - your brain? Its structure and function drive your behavior in profound ways. Scientists are studying the brain and its chemicals to find behavioral patterns, to figure out the sources of good moods and random outbursts, for example. This compilation from Science News for Students turns to brain science to answer all sorts of questions: Can you actually be addicted to your phone? Why is it so hard to sleep away from home?

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    • Brain Waves Fight Alzheimer’s Protein

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Flashes of light induce nerve cells to trigger immune response.

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    • How Ketamine Really Fights Depression

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Ketamine, a drug that has shown promise in quickly easing depression in people, doesn’t actually do the job itself. Instead, depression relief comes from one of the drug’s breakdown products, a study in mice suggests. The results identify a potential depression-fighting drug that works quickly but without ketamine’s serious side effects or potential for abuse.

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    • Synapses Lost in Early Alzheimer's

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, an overzealous set of proteins and cells begins to chew away at the brain’s nerve cell connections, a study in mice suggests.

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    • Alzheimer's Drugs' Unexpected Effect

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    In an unexpected twist, two antibodies designed to fight Alzheimer’s disease made mice’s nerve cells misbehave more.

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    • Antibodies to Fight Alzheimer's May Have Unexpected Consequences

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 3 mins
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    In an unexpected twist, two antibodies designed to fight Alzheimer’s disease instead made nerve cells in mice misbehave more.The results, published online November 9 in Nature Neuroscience, highlight how little is known about how these drugs actually work, says study coauthor Marc Aurel Busche of Technical University Munich. “We need to understand what these antibodies do in the brains of patients better,” he says.

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    • Schizophrenia Tied to Synapse Pruning

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 3 mins
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    From the tangled web of schizophrenia biology, scientists have pulled out one tantalizing thread. Variants of a protein that helps snip connections between nerve cells in the brain may contribute to the disorder, scientists report.

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    • Microbes and the Mind

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 15 mins
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    The bacteria in our guts may help decide who gets anxiety and depression. "Microbes and the Mind" is from the April 2, 2016 issue of Science News.

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    • Early Signing Benefits Deaf Kids Later On

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Deaf children who learn to sign early may boost their brainpower in ways unrelated to language. “Most deaf children are born to hearing families, and most hearing parents do not sign with their newborn deaf children,” clinical neuropsychologist Peter Hauser, who is deaf, explained February 12. “The deaf children, as a consequence, have very limited exposure to sign language,” signed Hauser, of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

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    • Why Kids Look Funny When They Run

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Children’s short legs leave them little time to lift off the ground when running, a new study shows.

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    • Caffeine Resets Body's Clock

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 3 mins
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    After-dinner coffee induces 40-minute time delay.

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    • Antibiotics Might Fight Alzheimer's

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    A long course of antibiotics reduced the levels of a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of mice, possibly by changing the species of bacteria in the gut. The results suggest that gut bacteria may be linked in some way to Alzheimer’s.

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    • Smartphones May Be Changing the Way We Think

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 18 mins
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    Our iPhones, Androids and other smartphones have led us to effortlessly adjust our behavior. Portable technology has overhauled our driving habits, our dating styles and even our posture. Despite the occasional headlines claiming that digital technology is rotting our brains, not to mention what it’s doing to our children, we’ve welcomed this alluring life partner with open arms and swiping thumbs.

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    • The Mature Mind

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 18 mins
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    If you’ve ever watched a baby purse her lips to hoot for the first time, or flash a big, gummy grin when she sees you, or surprise herself by rolling over, you’ve glimpsed the developing brain in action. A baby’s brain constructs itself into something that controls the body, learns and connects socially.

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    • Little Jet-Setters Get Jet Lag Too

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Help young children fight jet lag with a few simple steps.

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    • Fish Oil May Counter Schizophrenia

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Taking fish oil capsules for just three months can stave off psychosis for years, a small study suggests. If confirmed in larger studies, the results suggest that the common dietary supplement may actually prevent schizophrenia.

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    • Brain Cells DNA Differs

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Mutations give unique genetic makeup to neighboring neurons.

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    • Brain's Adult Stem Cells Born Early

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 3 mins
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    Understanding their origin boosts chance of exploiting damage-repair candidates.

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    • Morphine Can Prolong Rats' Pain

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 2 mins
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    Painkillers in the opium family may actually make pain last longer. Morphine treatment after a nerve injury doubled the duration of pain in rats, scientists report. The results raise the troubling prospect that in addition to having unpleasant side effects and addictive potential, opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin could actually extend some types of pain. If a similar effect is found in people, “it suggests that the treatment is actually contributing to the problem."

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