Brain and Cognition

Influence of allelic variations in relation to norepinephrine and mineralocorticoid receptors on psychopathic traits: a pilot study

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– Receptor studies are the blue ocean for future drugs that will cure brain,mind and neurological diseases
Attentional biases toward body images in males at high risk of muscle dysmorphia

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ada Zohar –– This is a relatively new and interesting approach to measure the automatic biases which might underlie the susceptibility to eating disorders and body dysmorphia. There is an emergent field of attention bias modification which is a new approach to treating anxiety disorders and PTSD which is showing great promise for these disorders. Since ED and BD are notoriously hard to treat this emergent research on attention bias and attention bias modification which is bringing together clinical, cognitive, and neuro psychology, is exciting, and I am glad that PeerJ is publishing this paper.
The relationships between exercise and affective states: a naturalistic, longitudinal study of recreational runners

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Fulvio D'Acquisto –– This article provides some new insight on the effects of exercise on emotional states
Small-scale screening of anticancer drugs acting specifically on neural stem/progenitor cells derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells using a time-course cytotoxicity test

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Elena González-Burgos –– Novelty
Expression of schizophrenia biomarkers in extraocular muscles from patients with strabismus: an explanation for the link between exotropia and schizophrenia?

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Albert Wong –– This paper presents significant new data in support of a fresh perspective on the putative origins of schizophrenia: genetic variants affecting strabismus
Effects of perceptual similarity but not semantic association on false recognition in aging

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Beth Jefferies –– The comparison of semantic and perceptual sources of false memories is relatively novel and it is interesting to know how this changes with age.
Heightened visual attention does not affect inner ear function as measured by otoacoustic emissions

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– Fundamental correlation between visual and otoacoustic physiology.
Assessment of brain functional connectome alternations and correlation with depression and anxiety in major depressive disorders

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jafri Abdullah –– Standardization of studies in depression who are treated and those who are not are quite important.Papers from a Chinese cohort with depression is also interesting to note based on cultural bias
Adult zebra finches rehearse highly variable song patterns during sleep

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Lesley Rogers –– Rehearsal during sleep and memory consolidation is a big issue. This is an excellent paper.
Attribute amnesia is greatly reduced with novel stimuli

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Anna Borghi –– The finding is original and novel.

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Influence of allelic variations in relation to norepinephrine and mineralocorticoid receptors on psychopathic traits: a pilot study https://t.co/KzXJWZQ8tR @thePeerJ https://t.co/atjnFNLKUY

Ooi Maa! Expression of schizophrenia biomarkers in extraocular muscles from patients with strabismus: an explanation for the link between exotropia and schizophrenia? https://t.co/qW9XOWCFvm #Schizophrenia

"Attentional biases toward body images in males at high risk of muscle dysmorphia" https://t.co/HAWQhXxvkf

An article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ https://t.co/Rzcs6DJqmX #PsychiatryandPsychology #PublicHealth

Our new paper on false memory in aging - perceptually-driven false recognition increased in older people while associative effects were age invariant https://t.co/xvp6Lbr2nI @thePeerJ @emmachelseagill - and congrats to coauthors, data from @UoE_Psychology undergraduate projects

Functional connectome alternation in MDD https://t.co/60D5YXM79w via @thePeerJ

Adult zebra finches rehearse highly variable song patterns during sleep https://t.co/l08PYa9C5N