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Why Our Brains Love Babies

A brief and interesting educational video from AsapSCIENCE explains why people are hard-wired to find babies so cute.

In what's known scientifically as "baby schema," babies' elements and proportions come together to make them aesthetically pleasing to humans, and through our brain's reward system we are motivated to care for...
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Romantic Chemistry

Highlights from a talk by Larry Young about the brain chemistry of love.

From bonded-for-life prairie voles to human partnerships, chemistry plays a role in romantic attraction and staying with a mate. Lessons from research into the science of love may be useful for other applications in psychiatric conditions, including autism spectrum disorders.

An animated short excerpt from a presentation at the Brain Matters! conference held in Vancouver, BC in March,...
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NIMH’s Thomas Insel on a New Understanding of the Brain

Director of the National Institute for Mental Health Thomas Insel gives a TED Talk on the new domain criteria research direction, and how an important first step is to reframe mental illness as brain disorders.

By doing so, diverse fields like psychology, cognitive science, molecular neuroscience, genetics, psychiatry, and more can work together toward a new understanding of the...
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How Stress Can Be Useful

New research from the University of Rochester reveals that not all stress is bad for us, and sometimes it can even be helpful, in the video "Why Some Stress Can Actually Be Good for You."

Assistant Professor of Psychology Jeremy Jamieson explains that when we think all stress is negative we interpret any sign of it (like butterflies in the stomach before public speaking) as being harmful.

"But those feelings just mean that our body is preparing to address a...
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Why LOLCats Enjoy Petting

In the cutest, funniest, educational science video you're likely to find, LOLCats are used to illustrate a report on a neuroscience study about why hairy mammals enjoy being stroked.

This brief and adorable production from Nature Video mixes LOLCat images with narration about a experiment with mice that found specific neurons are activated when they are stroked versus other physical sensations, and that when the mice were given a choice they preferred the stroking effect. Although the study didn't examine...
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