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Power is as addictive as cocaine, says expert


April 29th, 2012 - 11:25 am ICT by IANS
London, April 29 (IANS) More than a hundred years after noted British historian Baron John Acton coined the phrase "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely", a scientist ... Read more...

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A few pegs can produce sense of euphoria


January 16th, 2012 - 4:26 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 16 (IANS) Drinking alcohol releases endorphins in areas of the brain that produce feelings of euphoria.Endorphins are compounds produced naturally in the brain, triggered by exercise, consumption of ... Read more...

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Brain imaging demonstrates that former smokers have greater willpower


April 27th, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): A study has found that former smokers have greater willpower than current smokers and non-smokers.The study by researchers from Trinity College and the Research Institute for a Tobacco ... Read more...

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Agreeing to your friends’ views can cause a shift in your own opinion


March 7th, 2011 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 7 (ANI): Conforming to others' views can cause a real shift in your own opinion, say scientists.To come to this conclusion, Jamil Zaki at Harvard University and colleagues asked men ... Read more...

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Looking at a pic of a loved one ‘cuts pain by 44pc’


February 25th, 2011 - 1:00 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists at Stanford University have discovered that pictures of loved ones have the power to dull pain.Their study showed that an image of a romantic partner dulls activity ... Read more...

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Depressed mums less responsive to babies’ cries: Study


February 23rd, 2011 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): A new research has suggested that a depressed mothers show a weaker response to their babies' cries, which can negatively affect children's development and have long-lasting effects on ... Read more...

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Brain pacemakers may help fight depression: Study


February 1st, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 1 (ANI): Brain pacemakers are already being used to treat Parkinson's disease patients. Now, a new study has suggested that this deep brain stimulation technique could effectively help in the ... Read more...

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Brain images can predict your video game performance


January 14th, 2011 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 14 (ANI): Want to know how well you fare in video games? Well, researchers say they need look no further than a specific region of your brain - basal ganglia.Psychology ... Read more...

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Gene therapy to brain may treat major depression


October 21st, 2010 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 21 (ANI): Researchers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have said that animal and human data suggest gene therapy to the brain may be able to treat patients with ... Read more...

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Why cocaine is so addictive


October 19th, 2010 - 12:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): Scientists have found how cocaine corrupts the brain and becomes addictive.These findings are the first to connect activation of specific neurons to alterations in cocaine reward.The results ... Read more...

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Deep brain stimulation shows promise for OCD


October 5th, 2010 - 2:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 5 (ANI): A new study has suggested that using electrodes to stimulate areas deep within the brain are likely to be an alternative therapy for patients with obsessive compulsive disorder ... Read more...

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Deep brain stimulation leads to ‘effortless’ smoking cessation, weight loss


September 22nd, 2010 - 3:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 22 (ANI): A new case report revealed that electrical stimulation of the brain in a patient with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) led to some unanticipated benefits-"effortless" smoking cessation and weight ... Read more...

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Memory-boosting drug may prevent relapse in drug-addicts


August 4th, 2010 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI
Normal 0Washington, Aug 4 (ANI): A memory-boosting medication paired with behavioral therapy could help addicts stay clean, animal study suggests.The study has suggested that D-cycloserine, previously used in the lab ... Read more...

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Rejection in love activates reward and addiction centres in the brain


July 7th, 2010 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): Being rejected by a romantic partner triggers brain activity linked with motivation, reward and addiction cravings, revealed a new study.Led by Dr. Lucy Brown, Albert Einstein College of ... Read more...

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Why boozers enjoy a drag with their drinks


June 6th, 2010 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 06 (ANI): People who drink are often those who smoke because the centre in the brain that derives pleasure from both these actions is the same, claim researchers.Traute Flatscher-Bader at ... Read more...

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England footie fans ready to give up sex for World Cup!


May 17th, 2010 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 17(ANI): England football fans are ready to give up sex, wash the dishes for a year or even dump their girlfriends, if their team wins the World Cup in return.In ... Read more...

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Brain mechanism offers insight into alcohol cravings and relapse


March 11th, 2010 - 2:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 11 (ANI): US researchers have provided an insight into the molecular mechanisms associated with addiction and relapse.Published by Cell Press in the March 11 issue of the journal Neuron, ... Read more...

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Alterations in the brain’s reward system linked to ADHD


February 4th, 2010 - 12:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): Scientists from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital have found a link between alterations in the brain's reward system and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.They have discovered ... Read more...

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Women take longer to get the joke but enjoy punchline more than men


February 2nd, 2010 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 2 (ANI): Women take longer time to understand jokes but enjoy the punchline more than men, a new study claims.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, experts at Stanford University ... Read more...

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Women use more brain power than men to understand jokes


January 31st, 2010 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 31 (ANI): Women take longer time to understand jokes but enjoy the punchline more than men, a new study claims.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology, experts at Stanford University ... Read more...

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Stimulating brain’s pleasure centre may help treat depression


January 27th, 2010 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 27 (ANI): Scientists at the University Hospital in Bonn, Germany have devised a novel way to treat depression when traditional treatments fail to offer relief.Lead researcher Bettina H. Bewernick is ... Read more...

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Deep brain stimulation may help treat people with severe depression


November 3rd, 2009 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 3 (ANI): Patients with severe depression can now be cured, thanks to physicians at the University Clinics of Bonn and Cologne, who have treated ten patients with deep brain stimulation.The ... Read more...

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Stress linked to cocaine relapse


October 31st, 2009 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): A new study has found that exposure to stress can precipitate a low mood leading to relapse in cocaine seeking.The research team from University of Washington (UW) has ... Read more...

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Brain emotion circuit activates in teen girls when they size up peers


July 16th, 2009 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 16 (ANI): Studying as to what happens in teenagers' brains while they size each other up, a team of American researchers have found that an emotion circuit activates more in ... Read more...

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How cocaine-linked genes enhance behavioural effects of addiction


May 14th, 2009 - 5:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 14 (ANI): Scientists from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have shed light on how cocaine-linked genes enhance behavioural effects of addiction - a find that will lead to new strategies ... Read more...

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Cheerful traders ‘encourage risk taking’


April 8th, 2009 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI
London, Apr 8 (ANI): Even an ephemeral exposure to a smiling face can prompt people to make risky investment decisions, concludes a new study.Graduate student Julie Hall of the University of Michigan ... Read more...

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Suppressing hunger hormone in brain’s ‘pleasure centre’ curbs craving for drug


April 2nd, 2009 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): In a breakthrough towards overcoming addiction, scientists have found that if a hormone related to hunger regulation is blocked in the brain's "pleasure centre", it can suppress craving ... Read more...

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Hyperactivity disorder drug Ritalin found to be addictive in mice


February 9th, 2009 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI
London, February 9 (ANI): A stuffy from the Rockefeller University in New York suggests that Ritalin, a drug that is prescribed to children with hyperactivity disorders, may be addictive. Yonk Kim ... Read more...

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Why we adjust our views in line with majority opinion


January 15th, 2009 - 12:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 15 (ANI): A new study has shed new light on the brain activity that is behind the human tendency to follow the crowd. Published in the journal Neuron, the study ... Read more...

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Brain changes due to cocaine addiction actually protect the addicted brain


August 28th, 2008 - 4:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 28 (ANI): Brain researchers at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have gained fresh insights into cocaine addiction, which may pave the way for more effective treatments for ... Read more...

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Brains reward chemical dopamine induces both desire and dread


July 9th, 2008 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 9 (ANI): Experiments on animals have revealed that the chemical dopamine induces both desire and dread, say researchers.While scientists have for long known that dopamine motivates animals and ... Read more...

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Why its so difficult to part with your stuff


July 2nd, 2008 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Individuals tend to think that their favorite possessions, such as a car, should fetch more money, but they balk at paying the same price when the items ... Read more...

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There’s pleasure in your pain


June 21st, 2008 - 1:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 21 (IANS) A crippling and painful experience like grief can also activate pleasure areas of the brain, according to a new study. While most people let go of their loss, ... Read more...

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Heres what underpins what is mine is mine tendency


June 12th, 2008 - 11:37 am ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): Ever wondered what makes you to be reluctant to sell your iPod or some other prized possession?Well, Stanford University researchers say that they have gained fascinating insights ... Read more...

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Heres why you loosen up and lash out when you are drunk


May 5th, 2008 - 2:08 pm ICT by admin
London, May 5 (ANI): A new study from US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in Bethesda, Maryland has shed light on what happens in the brain during intoxication, by ... Read more...

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