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Playing Violent Video Games Doesn’t Increase Aggression, Decrease Empathy: Study

Graphic video games don’t make us aggressive, proves a new study focused on their long-term effects on social behavior. Tests revealed avid gamers have the same level of empathy as people who’ve never played violent video games.

Neuroscience March 10, 2017

How To Super-Size Your Memory: It’s Just A Matter Of Training, Science Says

The brains of memory champions do not have something different in structure. Instead, the trick lies in training people with typical memory skills using mnemonics.

Neuroscience March 9, 2017

Alzheimer’s Fatalities Doubled: Twice As Many Americans Died From Dementia In The Last 15 Years

The number of Alzheimer’s patients who succumb to the disease has doubled in the last 15 years. As the aging population grows larger, the Alzheimer’s Association calls for early diagnosis.

Neuroscience March 8, 2017

Brain Can Be Rewired To Make Better Choices, Says Award-Winning Study

Our behavior and decisions are greatly influenced by dopamine, a brain chemical that associates different actions with pleasure. By using the brain’s reward system, we can learn more about compulsive behaviors and possibly correct them.

Neuroscience March 7, 2017

More Than 9 Hours Of Sleep Could Indicate Alzheimer's Disease: Here Are Other Warning Signs Of Dementia

Prolonged sleeping could indicate chemical changes in the brain that occur with the development of dementia. Besides longer sleep, here are other warning signs that may hint at an increased risk for the neurological condition.

Neuroscience February 26, 2017

Cocaine: What Happens To The Son If The Father Uses It

New research has shown the negative effects of cocaine on sons of male rats. Male children of cocaine-using fathers could suffer from cognitive impairment and memory loss.

Neuroscience March 3, 2017

How We Read Emotions Is Linked To How Our Eyes See: Study

A new study suggests how we read emotions is directly linked to how our eyes see. If we squint our eyes or open them wide, they convey several mental states to the receiver, researchers said.

Neuroscience February 24, 2017

Is Prolonged Sleep An Early Warning Sign Of Dementia?

A new study has found that seniors taking over nine hours of sleep each night may be facing a higher risk of dementia in later years. Are new long-sleepers actually getting set up for the disease?

Neuroscience February 23, 2017

Wondered Why People Are Left Or Right Handed? Not The Brain, But Spinal Cord Which Determines

A study has revealed that asymmetrical genetic activity in the spinal cord determines people’s left or right handedness, which starts in the mother’s womb. The study bypasses older assertions that the human brain is responsible for the same.

Neuroscience February 21, 2017

US Soldiers Dive With Sharks To Manage PTSD

Soldiers suffering from PTSD dive with sharks as a form of therapy. How does the experience emotionally and physically benefit soldiers suffering from pain and depression?

Neuroscience February 20, 2017

New Fathers Undergo Hormonal Changes To Boost Baby Care, Says Study

Hormonal changes that accompany childbirth are not restricted to just mothers. A new study says fathers can also undergo changes, showing how empathy increased when fathers were administered the hormone oxytocin.

Neuroscience February 21, 2017

Your Altruism May Be A Result Of Guilt: Study

Perhaps you find it easy to give to others without expecting anything in return, basking in the 'warm glow' that selfless acts of kindness give. However, a new study suggests such acts of altruism may actually be driven by guilt.

Neuroscience February 19, 2017

The McGurk Effect: When Your Eyes Don't Listen To Your Ears

New research has provided a better understanding of the mechanism behind the McGurk Effect. The phenomenon describes a situation where visual and auditory stimuli are mismatched, and a person perceives an altered message.

Neuroscience February 19, 2017

Computer Algorithm Can Predict Babies Likely To Develop Autism

An algorithm that takes into account measurements from brain scans of babies as young as 6 months old can predict who among the infants will develop autism. The research could pave way for early diagnosis and early intervention.

Neuroscience February 16, 2017

Human Brain Makes Backup Plans For All Actions, Says Study

The human brain displays foresight by keeping neurons in readiness for executing actions after taking visual cues on possible actions, according to a new study. This happens even before a final decision is made on the choice of action.

Neuroscience February 16, 2017

Naptime May Be Crucial To Preschoolers' Language Learning

New research has shown that naptime is associated with preschoolers' capacity to learn new words. Children who took naps scored better in tests related to verbs they had learned.

Neuroscience February 14, 2017

The War Against Alzheimer’s: Amid Funding Boost And Ongoing Clinical Trials, Are We Actually Winning?

With the 21st Century Cures Act and greater funding into research initiatives on the disease, is Alzheimer's disease actually close to being solved? And does the amyloid buildup hypothesis still hold despite a failed clinical trial?

Neuroscience February 14, 2017

Are First-borns Smarter Than Their Siblings? Study Says Yes

Children who were born first are generally smarter than their younger siblings, but not because of genetics, a new study suggests. Researchers said it's all because of the advantages first-borns receive from parents.

Neuroscience February 12, 2017

More Than 50 Patients File Lawsuit Over Fake Alzheimer's Diagnoses

Some of the patients who were given fake Alzheimer's disease diagnosis resigned from their jobs, underwent treatment and sold their possessions. One killed himself.

Neuroscience February 10, 2017

Brain Chemistry: The Science Of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

Researchers have found a correlation between the type of stimulation in the brain that is responsible for pleasure in sexual intercourse, drugs, and music. The same type of chemical response creates all three types of pleasure.

Neuroscience February 11, 2017

Mirror-Touch Synesthesia: Some People Literally Feel For You

New research has shown that approximately two in every 100 people suffer from mirror-touch synesthesia. The condition involves a phantom feeling of being touched when exposed to a visual stimulus where someone is being touched.

Neuroscience February 9, 2017

How Does The Brain Form Predictions? Neuroscientist Offers New Framework As Explanation

How exactly does the brain make forecasts? A neuroscientist from New York has offered a new framework that could explain how the human brain formulates predictions.

Neuroscience February 7, 2017

What Is Misophonia? Scientists Discover Why Some People Lash Out Over Sounds Of Eating Or Breathing

Scientists uncover the reason why some people get excessively angry over sounds of someone chewing or dripping water. The condition, known as misophonia, is traced on the brain's anterior insular cortex -- the part of the brain that connects senses and emotions.

Neuroscience February 6, 2017

Two Brain Networks Crucial To Decision-Making Identified

Researchers have found two different neural paths responsible for decision-making processes in humans, related to accuracy and speed. The results of this research could help scientists create better treatment for patients suffering from neurological disorders.

Neuroscience February 6, 2017

Autism May Begin During Early Brain Development, Mice Study Shows

A new mice study suggests that too many connections in the brain may be key to the development of autism. In fact, the neurodevelopmental disorder may begin during early brain development because of it, researchers said.

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Patients Completely Paralyzed By ALS Communicate Via Mind-Reading Device

Neuroscientists have developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that can facilitate communication by reading the thoughts of patients with complete paralysis. Their findings spark hope for patients of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Study Uncovers Specialized Neurons Responsible For Triggering Social Attraction

Scientists from University of North Carolina School of Medicine identified neurons in the brain responsible for triggering social attraction towards the opposite sex in mice.

Neuroscience February 1, 2017

Here’s Why Eye Muscles Are Unaffected By ALS

A new research has revealed that some eye muscles have the unique capacity to stay immune from the degenerative disease of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The crippling disease is known to paralyze voluntary muscles and makes breathing difficult.

Neuroscience January 31, 2017

Drug Compound Found To Halt, Prevent Brain Damage Related To Alzheimer’s Disease

A study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis says a synthetic molecule can reverse neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, by inhibiting the production of tau protein tangles.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Your Brain Shape May Indicate Your Personality Type And Risk For Mental Illness

Brain scans revealed a link between the shape of the brain and personality types. The structure of the brain also hints of risk for mental health problems.

Neuroscience January 25, 2017

Researchers Pinpoint Brain Area Linked To Bipolar Disorder

Through magnetic resonance imaging and an advanced segmentation approach, researchers discovered decreased volumes of subfields of the hippocampus in subjects with bipolar disorder. The hippocampus controls our memories and emotional behavior.

Neuroscience January 27, 2017

Nerve Stimulation Therapy Shows Promise Reducing Drug Cravings

Vagus nerve stimulation, an FDA-approved therapy for a series of diseases such as epilepsy and depression, could be efficient against drug abuse. New research has shown positive results in interchanging drug craving behaviors in rodents with non-drug-related ones.

Neuroscience January 26, 2017

Mental Viagra Hormone May Boost Sexual Desire In Men

The hormone kisspeptin associated with puberty may help men who suffer from psychosexual problems. The hormone was shown to boost the behavioral circuit linked to sex and love.

Neuroscience January 24, 2017

Meditation, Music May Aid In Reversing Early Memory Loss In Adults With Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

New research has shown that both meditation and listening to music can help reverse the effects of the preclinical Alzheimer's disease. The subjects of the clinical trial showed consistent improvements in subjective memory function, an indicator of pre-Alzheimer's.

Neuroscience January 24, 2017

Fake News 'Vaccine' May Help Provide Immunity Against Misinformation Spreading On Facebook

Amid proliferation of fake news on social media and the internet, researchers developed a psychological tool to fight misinformation. How does it work?

Neuroscience January 23, 2017

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Can Be Used As ‘Scalpel’ To Improve Precise Memory

New research has shown that non-invasive brain stimulation can be used to improve certain portions of the brain responsible for a specific type of memory. The research could help in treating patients who suffer from cognitive impairment.

Neuroscience January 24, 2017

Here’s Why The Lights Don’t Dim When You Blink

A new study has highlighted the role the brain plays in ensuring seamless vision during blinking. According to researchers, the brain directs the eye muscles to maintain the continuity.

Neuroscience January 23, 2017

Antibiotics Effective Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment In Adults But Worsens Cognitive Problems In Children: Study

New research shows the negative implications of an antibiotic used to minimize the effects of traumatic brain injury on newborns and children. While it works on adults, the medicine negatively impacts the brain maturing process in children.

Neuroscience January 13, 2017

Brain Scans Reveal How Stress Raises Heart Attack Risk

How does stress raise risk for cardiovascular events? Brain scans reveal that activities in the amygdala can help predict a person's likelihood of suffering from heart attack or stroke.

Neuroscience January 12, 2017

Here’s How Your Brain Keeps Your Instincts In Check

Researchers have described the mechanism through which people manage not to act on impulses, shedding light how the brain is able to keep instinctive behavior under wraps.

Neuroscience January 12, 2017

How Do Blood Vessels Grow? Neurons Hold The Key

A new study featured in the journal Nature Communications suggests that neurons may be responsible for creating new blood vessels in the body. This finding contradicts previous assumptions that vessel cells are the ones that control the process themselves.

Neuroscience January 24, 2017

Brain Area That Recognizes Faces Continues To Grow Past Adolescence

Brain tissues are known to stop growing early in life but the brain tissue responsible for facial recognition continues to grow past adolescence. What necessitates this continued growth?

Neuroscience January 5, 2017

Living Near Road With Busy Traffic? You're Up To 12 Percent More Likely To Develop Dementia

People who live near busy roads have increased risk of developing dementia. How does high traffic roads influence the likelihood of a person having to develop neurological problems such as Alzheimer's disease?

Neuroscience January 5, 2017

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