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New Drug Target Could Prevent Tolerance and Addiction to Opioids, Neuroscience Study Finds

ATLANTA—Researchers have identified a brain mechanism that could be a drug target to help prevent tolerance and addiction to opioid pain medication, such as morphine, according to a study by Georgia State University and Emory University.

The findings, published in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology in August, show for the first time that morphine tolerance… more »

Scientists Get $3.2 Million to Study Brain Mechanisms Underlying Sex Differences in Social Stress

ATLANTA–The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate the neurochemical mechanisms underlying social stress in males and females.

Elliott Albers from the CBN and Mark Wilson from Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center hope to… more »

Socially Meaningful Sounds Can Change Ear, Improve Hearing, Georgia State Research Study Finds

ATLANTA—Hearing socially meaningful sounds can change the ear and enable it to better detect those sounds, according to researchers at Georgia State University who studied the phenomenon in green treefrogs.

The findings are published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

“The ear is modifiable,” said Walter Wilczynski, a professor in the Neuroscience… more »