Signal Conduction – 12 August 2016

The Olympics have been sex-testing women (but not men) for decades – and these tests have revealed that the question of sex and gender is more complicated than meets the eye.


You can’t cure Schizophrenia – so why is Peter Sutcliffe being moved from Broadmoor?  Ruth Tully from Nottingham University explains.


Scientists at Yale have achieved live imaging of synapse density, which could prove useful for studying neural development and degeneration.


Why do some abused/maltreated children experience emotional problems later in life, whilst others go on to thrive?  Lucy Maddox discusses in a beautiful longread.


An Orangutan can make his own cocktails by predicting the pleasantness of a mix of fruit juices – so what does that mean for our ideas about decision-making and what it is to be human?


Why do we dream?  No one knows, but we have plenty of theories.  Josie Malinowski discusses one of them.


Researchers have mapped the spread of cell damage in Alzheimer’s disease – but stopping it is a long way off.


Why we’re still learning from the world’s most famous amnesic.  Elsewhere, Ed Yong has more on the controversy surrounding Patient HM.


How does exercise benefit cognition?  Two Public Health Scientists explain.


Don’t diagnose Donald Trump; its not helpful,‘ warns Dean Burnett.


Where is language in the brain?  Gaia Vince explains what we know.


Swallow your gut feeling: Researchers find that a more analytical mindset may allow better empathy.


A new imaging technique can show genes being turned on and off in the brain – possibly allowing a new wave of epigenetic research.


Dubious origins: When psychology papers have celebrity authors.


And finally, how to avoid sounding angry when text-messaging, according to science!












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