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'Shifty-eyed' Monkeys Offer Window Into Brain's Social Reflexes

...mages appeared, the subjects showed infinitesimal, involuntary eye movements in the same direction the monkey image was looking, found Deaner and Platt. Also importantly, said Platt, the shift in attention was very temporary, as would be expected if it were not immediately reinforced by something happening in t...

Study finds drug may cut down involuntary movements

The medication tetrabenazine cut down involuntary movement in patients with Huntington's disease on ...om found it to be effective to treat the excessive involuntary movements of Huntington's, and it is approved for use in several nations. In the United States, tetr...

Increased sensitivity to nerve signals keeps diabetes at bay

...rmally on the receiving end of messages relayed by involuntary nerves that indicate the presence of food. In con...muscles to contract. One of three branches of the involuntary nervous system, the parasympathetic, or "rest and digest" system fulfills many roles--slowing the he...

Seals protect brain, conserve oxygen by turning off shivering response on icy dives

...go. Shivers produce warmth Shivering is an involuntary response that consists of muscle contractions which produce warmth. Mammals and birds are physiologically programmed to shiver when body temperature drops below a certain "set-point." While breathing air, seals shiver just like other animals. But ...

Trusting your instincts leads you to the right answer

...mediate disadvantage. Falling back on our inbuilt, involuntary subconscious processes for certain tasks is actually more effective than using our higher-level cognitive functions." The study shows an instance when our rational mind is more likely to perform worse than our subconscious ?but the conscious mind ...

Common treatment for methamphetamine overdose may damage brain cells

...o examine if the loss of cells results in abnormal involuntary movements resembling Tourette's syndrome and Huntington's disease." ...

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