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  • How LSD Changes Perception

    LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, a new study by researchers of the University of Zurich and Yale University shows. The study also provides insights into how mental health disorders develop and how these could be treated. The researchers used brain imaging technolo more

  • A peek into the interplay between sleep and wakefulness

    Sleep is an autonomic process and is not always under our direct, voluntary control. Awake or asleep, we are basically under the regulation of two biological processes: sleep homeostasis, commonly known as 'sleep pressure', and the circadian rhythm, otherwise known as the 'body clock'. These two pro more

  • Faster-acting antidepressants may finally be within reach

    Some activity patterns in the brain can be dangerous, producing persistent dark moods that drain people's motivation, pleasure, and hope. For the past thirty years, pills like Prozac or Zoloft--collectively known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs--have offered millions of American more

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The Gates of Serotonin

EPFL scientists have elucidated for the first time how a notoriously elusive serotonin receptor functions with atom-level detail. The receptor transmits electrical signals in neurons and is involved in various disorders, meaning that the discovery opens the way for new treatments. The receptor i ... more

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s a brief look at some of the many chemicals involved in the feeling of love. more

Tackling Stress and Anxiety with Chemistry

Christmas is meant to be a relaxing time spent with family, but gift-shopping and family dinners can sometimes pile on the stress over the holiday period. For others, anxiety is a year-round battle. more

A Simple Guide to Neurotransmitters

Adrenaline Adrenaline, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone produced in high stress or exciting situations. Noradrenaline Noradrenaline, also known as norepinephrine, is a neurotransmitter that affects attention & and responding actions in the brain. Dopamine Dopamine is associated with feelings more

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Serotonin

Serotonin Serotonin () (5-hydroxytryptamine, or 5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter synthesized in serotonergic neuron s in the central nervous system (CNS) and enterochromaffin cell s in the gastrointestinal tract of animals including h ... more

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