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Highlights from the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Stress and motherhood, tandem MRIs, the memory benefits of resveratrol and more from the Washington, D.C., meeting

10:54am, November 16, 2011

Cats look to the edge
Cats may not seem like planners, but they do look ahead when walking. Three adult cats with magnetic devices strapped to their heads walked across slats, giving scientists the first data on where cats look when they walk. The cats looked a few rungs ahead at the edges of the slats, found Trevor Rivers, now at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. "They don't say 'I want to step right there.' They are looking at where not to be," Rivers said November 14. — Tina Hesman Saey

Moms protected from stress
New mothers might not believe it, but being a mom may help protect against some negative consequences of stress. Tracey Shors of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., and colleagues tested the effect of stress on female rats' ability to learn to blink when they hear a particular sound. Stress renders virgin female rats incapable of learning the task. But mothers, including virgin femal

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