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What’s that smell? Figuring out how animals navigate with their noses.

Justus Verhagen, PhD, an Associate Fellow at The John B. Pierce Laboratory, is one of 17 researchers nationwide working as part of the White House BRAIN Initiative under a grant  from the National Science Foundation to study how the brain processes and identifies odors. Braniac By Kev
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Compromised dopamine signaling is associated with impulsive behaviors in obesity and alcoholism

Compromised dopamine signaling is associated with impulsive behaviors in obesity and alcoholism and administration of fatty acid amide oleoylethanolamide (OEA) has been shown to rescue dopamine signaling in rodents. Dr. Dana Small and her colleagues tested whether three-week supplemen
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Dr. Dana Small receives two honors

Dana Small, PhD, Deputy Director for Research at The John B. Pierce Laboratory, and Professor of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, is the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB) annual recipient of the Alan N. Epstein Research Award for 2015. The Alan N. Epstein Resear
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Heightened ability to imagine odors linked to higher body weight

Researchers at The John B. Pierce Laboratory and the Yale School of Medicine have revealed that the ability to vividly imagine the smell of popcorn, freshly baked cookies and even non-food odors is greater in obese adults. Their research was published in the journal Appetite in August
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