Activating one gene in the brains of male mice helps reverse depression

Sorry ladies.

Unexpected notes make music more enjoyable

Surprise is the spice of life.

Genetics may be more important for perfect pitch than musical training

Mozart’s talent for spotting a tone without a reference may be more influenced by genetics than previously thought.

Women’s brains look years younger than those of men

The findings may explain why women live longer and stay more mentally sharp at old age than men.

The worst of multiple sclerosis can be avoided or delayed with early treatment

The study is the first to provide evidence that currently-available treatments can delay the progress of MS.

Your brain pays more attention to objects it knows are small — no matter how large they seem

Want more attention? Science says, be smaller.

Bees use a small number of neurons to count, and they’re one of the best counters we know

They’re so cute and fuzzy, too <3.

Scientists reverse leading cause of late-onset Alzheimer’s, opening door for vaccine that prevents the disease

This could lead to a game-changing therapy.

Research identifies a gene that makes our brains (and those of primates) unique

Smarts, we got’em!

Progress in meningitis lags behind other preventable diseases

The global disease burden of meningitis remains unacceptably high.

What happens to the brain in zero gravity? Well, it’s not pleasant

The human brain copes poorly with microgravity — and that’s a big problem for space flight.

Scientists find new brain region that may be unique to humans

Finding a new region of the brain in this day and age is every neuroscientist’s dream come true.

Why do people self-harm? New study offers surprising answers

Definitely an unexpected finding.

Researchers call for ban on a widely-used pesticide: it impairs brain development

Y’ouch.

Scientists find brain signal associated with depression and anxiety

Zooming in on the secrets of the brain.

All two-year-olds seem to sound pretty much the same to adults

“What I’d like to say to parents is that with exposure it does get easier over time,” says one of the paper’s authors.

Your left hemisphere can veto the right one into submission — but they generally play nice

We now know more about how the brain’s hemispheres sync up.

Exposure to cannabis leads to cognitive changes in the offspring of rats

The findings are still preliminary, but they do suggest that mothers should abstain a bit before and during pregnancy.

Teen cannabis users who abstain for a month can learn better

Cannabis affects memory functions in teens. The good news is that the effects can be reversed fast with abstinence.

The cerebellum is much more ‘brainy’ than we thought

The ‘little brain’ is not just involved in muscle coordination — it also coordinates cognition and emotions.