Science reporters stormed the Society for Neuroscience's massive annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, blogging about our favorite sessions and posters. You can view the entire blog here. Below are some highlights:
Dancing Over the Synaptic Gap
What do neuroscientists have in common with ballet dancers? They both want to figure out just how the dancers move in such perfect coordination with the music. Read more here.
Rats Pass the Taste Test
Some people don't like olives. Rats hate cocoa. How do we develop our taste aversions--and how can we overcome them? Scientists are getting closer to the answer.
Psychiatrists Behaving Badly
Several prominent academic psychiatrists have come under fire in recent months for alleged financial conflicts of interest. The director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Thomas Insel, filled us in on the latest.
True Love and Sexual Identity
What goes on in the brain when someone falls in love? And how do the brains of people in long-term relationships differ from those of people who just hooked up? Mice may fall in love, too--and they're more likely to fall for a member of the same sex if researchers disrupt their odor-detecting brain circuits.
Chew Your Stress Away
If you're having trouble remembering where you put the car keys, chewing a piece of gum may help. At least that's what a poster presentation at the meeting argued. Gum's also good for reducing stress, it seems.