Researchers identify 20 novel gene associations with bipolar disorder
May 1, 2019
In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 50,000 subjects in 14 countries, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and more than 200 collaborating institutions have identified 20 new genetic associations with one of the most prevalent and elusive mental illnesses of...
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Clarifying Ed-Tech Research
April 16, 2019

To the Editor:
I was pleased to see our research cited in the article about key lessons about education-technology research for educators ("The Best Ed-Tech Research: 5 Key...
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Improving Research on Charters
April 9, 2019

To the Editor:
A new analysis by the Education Week Research Center finds "charter high schools … make up an outsized share of the number of public schools persistently graduating less than half of their students" ("...
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Down Syndrome Research Could Provide Important Insights Into Cancer Treatments
March 8, 2019

People with Down syndrome are highly protected from most solid tumor cancers, and yet they are highly predisposed to certain blood cancers. Studying people with Down syndrome may lead to new cancer treatments that could benefit everyone.
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Mayo Clinic study shows sleep apnea may be tied to increased Alzheimer’s biomarker in brain
March 4, 2019
ROCHESTER, Minn. — People who stop breathing during sleep may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau, a biological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease...
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Have researchers found a new risk factor for schizophrenia?
January 14, 2019
Scientists have located an intriguing link between schizophrenia and the Epstein-Barr virus, a type of herpes virus. Now, they need to determine which way the risk lies.
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The Side Effects of Education: Research and Practice
September 12, 2018

In the early 1900s, Edward Thorndike emerged as the educational leader of the day (Lagemann, 1989). As a behaviorist, he asserted that students should gain knowledge in ways (Thorndike, 1906). On the other hand, John Dewey, one of Thorndike's...
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What's New in Education Research?
July 16, 2018

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Insights from Living with Autism
December 22, 2017
Recognize common early signs of autism and learn why the prevalence of ASD diagnoses have increased significantly in recent years. Delve into various treatment models for ASD ranging from functional behavioral therapy to daily life therapy.

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A role for neurogenesis in probabilistic reward learning.
Rewards are often unreliable and optimal choice requires behavioral flexibility and learning about the probabilistic nature of uncertain rewards. Probabilistic learning occurs over multiple trials, often without conscious knowledge, and is traditionally associated with striatal function. While the hippocampus is classically recognized for its role in memory for individual experiences, recent work indicates that it is also involved in probabilistic forms of learning but little is known about the features that support such learning. We hypothesized that adult neurogenesis may be involved, because adult-born neurons contribute to both learning and reward-related behaviors. To test this, we used...
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Partial integration of the components of value in anterior cingulate cortex.
Evaluation often involves integrating multiple determinants of value, such as the different possible outcomes in risky choice. A brain region can be placed either before or after a presumed evaluation stage by measuring how responses of its neurons depend on multiple determinants of value. A brain region could also, in principle, show partial integration, which would indicate that it occupies a middle position between (preevaluative) nonintegration and (postevaluative) full integration. Existing mathematical techniques cannot distinguish full from partial integration and therefore risk misidentifying regional function. Here we use a new Bayesian regression-based approach to analyze responses...
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Chemogenetic inhibition of dopaminergic projections to the nucleus accumbens has sexually dimorphic effects in the rat gambling task.
Women and men can differ in their propensity to take risks and develop impulse control and addiction disorders. Sexual dimorphisms in behavioral control by the mesolimbic dopaminergic reward system may underlie these phenomena, given its sensitivity to gonadal hormones. However, this is hard to test experimentally using humans. Using the rat gambling task (rGT), we investigated what impact acute inhibition of accumbal dopamine had on decision-making and impulsivity in animals of both sexes. We expressed an inhibitory designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drugs (hM4D[Gi]) in the accumbal dopaminergic efferents of female and male transgenic (Tg) rats, engineered to selectively ex...
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Acute NMDA receptor antagonism impairs working memory performance but not attention in rats—Implications for the NMDAr hypofunction theory of schizophrenia.
Cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, which include impairments in working memory and attention, represent some of the most disabling symptoms of this complex psychiatric condition, and lack effective treatments. NMDA receptor (NMDAr) hypofunction is a strong candidate mechanism underlying schizophrenia pathophysiology, and has been modeled preclinically using acute administration of NMDAr antagonists to rodents to investigate biological mechanisms underpinning cognitive dysfunction. However, whether and how NMDAr hypofunction specifically influences all affected cognitive domains is unclear. Here we studied the effects of the NMDAr antagonist MK-801 (dizocilpine) on tasks of attention and wo...
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Context-dependent odor learning requires the anterior olfactory nucleus.
Learning to associate the context in which a stimulus occurs is an important aspect of animal learning. We propose that the association of an olfactory stimulus with its multisensory context is mediated by projections from ventral hippocampus (vHC) networks to the anterior olfactory nucleus (AON). Using a contextually cued olfactory discrimination task, rats were trained to associate 2 olfactory stimuli with different responses depending on visuospatial context. Temporary lesions of the AON or vHC impaired performance on this task. In contrast, such lesions did not impair performance on a noncontextual olfactory discrimination task. Moreover, vHC lesions also impaired performance on an analo...
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Investigation of the cortical activity during episodic future thinking in schizophrenia: A functional near-infrared spectroscopy study.
Episodic future thinking (EFT) refers to mental simulation of possible future events, a process that mostly depends on episodic memory (EM). EFT impairment in schizophrenia was proposed to disturb continuity in self-functioning. Schizophrenia patients are also impaired in EM as well as executive functions (EFs). In the present study, we aimed to clarify the relationship between EFT and memory functions in schizophrenia by assessing (a) whether a group of individuals with schizophrenia (schizophrenia group [SG]) who have relatively intact long-term memory functions differ from healthy controls (control group [CG]) in terms of EFT performance, and (b) whether such difference is biologically re...
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Gestational exposure to a ketogenic diet increases sociability in CD-1 mice.
Postnatal administration of high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets (KDs) is an established and effective treatment option for refractory epilepsy, with more recently identified therapeutic potential across a wide range of preclinical models of neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, the impact of gestational exposure to a KD (GKD) on offspring development remains unclear. Previous work has found that GKD exposure reduces depression- and anxiety-like behaviors in CD-1 mice, whereas postnatal KD improves sociability in several different rodent models of autism. Here we examined how sociability is impacted by GKD. Given that the neuropeptide oxytocin positively regulates affect, an...
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