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    Feeling Dumb? Your Brain Might Be Out of Season

    Our noggins are fair-weather fans. Researchers observed 28 volunteers performing various tasks in a dimly lit lab several times throughout the year, each time depriving them of sleep for 42 hours beforehand. Despite controlling for environmental factors, the exhausted participants displayed better ability to pay attention and complete memory tests during the summer months, suggesting that the body internally clocks the seasons. The scientists will next study seasonality at the neuronal level … but they may want to wait a few months before getting started.

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