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What Russians Tell Tourists about their Towns

Locals’ stories about their home grounds can become a foundation for tourist brands.

Can Nicotine Help to Treat Schizophrenia?

Several studies have indicated that schizophrenic patients are likely to show high levels of nicotine dependence. Scientists from Higher School of Economics (HSE), Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm and the ENS employed a mouse model to elucidate how nicotine influences cells in the prefrontal cortex. They visualized how nicotine has a direct impact on the restoration of normal activity in nerve cells (neurons) involved in psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. These findings were published in a paper that appeared in the journal Nature Medicine.

Leading Causes of Death in Moscow

Death rates in Moscow tend to be much higher than in many other big cities worldwide.

Russians with Degrees: Where Are They Employed?

One out of every four Russians with degrees are employed in jobs which do not require university-level training.

How Insomnia Affects Self-esteem

People with sleep disorders tend to misperceive their own appearance.
March 13

Alcoholism May Be Caused by Dynamical Dopamine Imbalance

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, Indiana University and the Russian Academy of Sciences Nizhny Novgorod Institute of Applied Physics have identified potential alcoholism mechanisms, associated with altered dopaminergic neuron response to complex dynamics of prefrontal cortex neurones affecting dopamine release.

What Does Ideal School Look Like?

Contemporary design solutions can transform schools into comfortable learning spaces and help to enhance academic performance.

Which Crimes Do Russian Police Investigate?

Russian police tend to regard some incidents and crimes as more worthy of investigation than others and act accordingly.

Who Has Access to Higher Education in Russia?

Experts of the HSE Institute of Education examined access to higher education in Russia and found that it varies across regions, and the possibility of getting a degree can be quite low in some parts of the country.

Phrases That Politicians Use Addressing Young People in Russia

‘Traditional values’ ​​are the main theme of the government's rhetoric targeting the younger generation.

How Smartphones Help Study

Teachers should be more tolerant of the fact that children check their phones and tablets during classes. Moreover, these devices should be more actively used in the learning process.

Motor Cortex Influences Word Comprehension

Researchers from HSE, Northumbria University, and Aarhus University have experimentally confirmed the hypothesis, whereby comprehension of a word’s meaning involves not only the ‘classic’ language brain centres but also the cortical regions responsible for the control of body muscles, such as hand movements. The resulting brain representations are, therefore, distributed across a network of locations involving both areas specialised for language processing and those responsible for the control of the associated action. The results have been published in the journal Neuropsychologia.
February 15