Sex and the brain: why neuroscience is still searching for clues

If all you’re reading is the first line on the neuroscience of the gender brain, you’re probably thinking that the brain is either male or female. But some brain scientists argue that much of the neurological research on the biological sex of the brain over the past 30 years has not been well done. Before we can even begin to discuss the results of studies trying to find differences in the male and female brain, they say, we have to critically examine how these studies were facilitated in the first…

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Scientists identify personality traits that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

From kind to selfish, funny or shy – we all have dozens of personality traits that make us special. Scientists say they could help predict the risk of developing dementia, a disease that destroys memory and affects millions in old age. There is no cure for this disease, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form (about 75% of cases of dementia). But knowing what increases the risk can help people try to prevent it. A new study provides more clues about type of people who usually develop Alzheimer’s…

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