Video Game Targeting Underlying Cognitive Issues Shows Promise As Depression Treatment

Researchers have found that a novel therapy based on a video game can be beneficial in treating cognitive issues of individuals suffering from depression. The participants involved in the research showed improvements in mood and self-reported function, noted the study.

Neuroscience January 6, 2017

Babies Exposed To Stimuli Get Brain Boost: Study

A brain activity study reveals that babies who are exposed to stimulation early in life have faster brain development than others. This happens due to the fact that their brain is very flexible and can easily adapt to what is happening around it.

Neuroscience January 5, 2017

Researchers Discover Crucial Component In The Brain Responsible For Delayed Trauma After A Stressful Event

Researchers from India recently found how a single incident of trauma causes delayed but long-term psychological stress. The stressful event increases the electrical activity of a specific region of the brain, noted the study.

Neuroscience December 30, 2016

Big Brains Are Rare: Here’s Why

New research suggests that larger brains have a higher energy expenditure. The study can be paired with the results of another research, concerning the metabolic implications of larger brains.

Neuroscience January 1, 2017

Researchers Discover New Drug Agent For Glioblastoma Multiforme: New Treatment Option For The Deadliest Brain Cancer?

A team of researchers discovered a new drug for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. A novel pharmaceutical agent carefully designed with certain chemical properties could help in preventing invasion of GBM cells as a result of radiation, reports the study.

Neuroscience January 1, 2017

Single Protein May Hold Secret To Treating Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Disease: Study

A single protein named Nrf2 could help in the treatment of various neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, reports a recent study. When Nrf2 was activated it took part in several house-keeping activities and restored the neural cells’ functions by eliminating the mutated proteins, noted the researchers.

Neuroscience January 1, 2017

Researchers Identify Brain Cells Responsible For Navigational Orientation

Several types of brain cells involved in orientation have been known for quite some time. Latest experiments made on rodents show that there is an entire category of neurons that react to walking along a particular axis. The same may be true in the case of humans.

Neuroscience December 30, 2016

Thinking With Your Hands? Researchers Say It Can Help Solve Problems In A New Way

Defying the conventional way of solving problems by thinking with the head, the psychological experts suggest that thinking with hands can help solve problems in a better way. Through experiments, the experts observed that by using physical objects and tools while problem solving, one can ignite new ways of resolving problems.

Neuroscience December 27, 2016

Brains May Not Yet Fully Mature Until After Age 30

Grown-ups may still have immature brains. Neuroscientists said that the brain continues to actively develop past 18 years old and may still undergo changes until the early 30s.

Neuroscience December 24, 2016

New Study Explores Molecular Roots Of Alzheimer's Disease

A team of researchers explored the structure of TREM2, a molecule thought to play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease. TREM2 mutation could result in cognitive decline, a prime symptom of neurodegenerative diseases, reported the study.

Neuroscience December 23, 2016

New Drugs Restore Memory Loss And Prolong Life, Show Promise As Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment

Researchers at University of Leicester discovered a drug for Alzheimer’s disease that not only improves the neurodegenerative symptoms but also extends the life span of terminally ill mice. The novel drug-like molecules that improved degenerating brain cells in mice has the potential to treat AD in humans.

Neuroscience December 22, 2016

People At Higher Risk Of Schizophrenia Are Likelier To Try Marijuana, Says New Study

Researchers from the University of Bristol suggest that people with increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana. The study doesn’t accurately relate the risk of schizophrenia with marijuana use but provides valuable evidence on the possibility, cautioned researchers.

Neuroscience December 22, 2016

Eating Leafy Greens Linked To Brain Health, Intelligence In Older Adults

Lutein, a pigment in green leafy vegetables, could help in the preservation of 'crystallized intelligence' in aged people, reports researchers. The study is the first of its kind to find the region of the brain involved in the preservation of crystallized intelligence and the associated role of lutein in the diet.

Neuroscience December 22, 2016

Motherhood Can Change You: Pregnancy Alters The Brain For At Least Two Years

New mothers experience reduction of gray matter in certain regions in their brain. The changes, which last for at least two years, help women adapt to motherhood.

Neuroscience December 20, 2016

Scientists Are Looking To Improve People's Confidence By Tapping Into Their Brains

Researchers have found a way to stimulate confidence in patients' brains. The technique they are using is called neurofeedback, and it refers to the type of pattern of the brain activity that can be stimulated while completing a task.

Neuroscience December 19, 2016

Airline Pilots Report Having Suicidal Thoughts: Other Occupations With High Suicide Rates

Many airline pilots suffer from depressive symptoms and more than 4 percent have suicidal thoughts. What other occupations in the United States have high suicide rates?

Neuroscience December 16, 2016

Hundreds Of Airline Pilots Depressed And Some Have Suicidal Thoughts

An anonymous online survey revealed that hundreds of airline pilots likely suffer from depressive symptoms and some have suicidal thoughts. Last year, a Germanwings copilot suffering from depression deliberately crashed the plane.

Neuroscience December 15, 2016

How You Breathe Affects How You Judge Emotions And Recall Memory: Study

New study suggests that the way people breath could be responsible for an easier recognition of fearful facial expressions. The research started after an observation of the brain activity fluctuation correlated to the breathing process.

Neuroscience December 10, 2016

Look Ma, No Hands! Researchers Demonstrate Video Game Played With Just Direct Brain Stimulation

A team of researchers from the University of Washington have demonstrated that video games could be played with direct stimulation of brain. Artificial information could be processed directly by brain without relying on the sensory cues like touch, vision, or hearing, noted the report.

Neuroscience December 9, 2016

Brain Blocks Formation Of New Memories When You Wake Up To Safely Consolidate Existing Ones

The brain consolidates existing memories in sleep, but this process is disrupted if a new experience occurs. Researchers have found that the brain blocks new stimuli a person experiences upon waking up in to form long-term memories.

Neuroscience December 8, 2016

Men, Women Absorb Visual Information In Different Ways: Study Suggests Gender Differences Affects Understanding Of Visual Cues

There are differences in the way men and women observe visual information, reported a team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London. From the way the people scan the faces, it is possible to tell if the participant was a male or a female with accuracy of 80 percent, noted the researchers.

Neuroscience December 6, 2016

The Frankenstein Effect: Magnet Study Shows How Brain Stimulation Reactivates Working Memory

The researchers from University of Notre Dame reactivated the memories by stimulating the brain with magnetic pulse. The process of reviving working memory with the help of magnetic pulse is known as the Frankenstein effect.

Neuroscience December 5, 2016

New Genetic Cause For Autism Spectrum Disorder Discovered

A group of researchers led by Gaia Novarino from Austria discovered a new genetic cause for autism spectrum disorder. Syndromic autism in patients born to parents who have had consanguineous marriages had mutation called SLC7A5 in a novel gene.

Neuroscience December 3, 2016

Researchers Discover Genetic Change Responsible For Creating Resistance To Epilepsy Attacks

New study conducted by a joint team of scientists managed to prevent epilepsy seizures and even being born with epilepsy in mice. The research suppressed a protein that was associated with the disease.

Neuroscience November 29, 2016

Rare And Common Types Of Autism Spectrum Disorder Share 68 Percent Of Epigenetic Changes In Brain: Study

The same type of epigenetic modification in the brain could be seen both in patients suffering from common types of autism spectrum disorder and those with rare types of ASD, reports a recent study. More than 68 percent of ASD patients have a similar pattern of histone acetylation in the brain.

Neuroscience November 21, 2016

Sea Hero Quest Mobile Game Tests Spatial Navigation Skills To Check For Dementia Risk

A new mobile game that tests players’ spatial navigation awareness also doubles as the largest dementia research ever. Scientists hope the game could soon be developed into a diagnostic test for the disease.

Neuroscience November 17, 2016

Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed ALS Patient Communicate With Caregivers Without Assistance

A brain implant has allowed a paralyzed woman with late-stage ALS to communicate with her caregivers without assistance. The system offers hope for paralyzed patients who can't move but are still able to think and communicate.

Neuroscience November 15, 2016

Is Loneliness An Early Sign Of Alzheimer's Disease?

A new study analyzed a possible correlation between the amyloid levels in the brain and the loneliness of the subjects. A link between the two was found.

Neuroscience November 3, 2016

Artificial Hand Makes It Possible For Amputees To Feel Touch, Squeeze Again

A new study has confirmed the possibility for arm prosthetics to mimic the sensations patients have in their intact hands. The research connected the intensity of pressure with the electrical signals in the brain.

Neuroscience October 27, 2016

Small Lies Lead Down 'Slippery Slope' To Much Bigger Ones, Study Finds: The Brain Will Adapt To Dishonesty

A new study reveals that telling small lies could lead down a slippery slope into making even bigger ones. Researchers discovered that the brain becomes desensitized as people tell more lies.

Neuroscience October 25, 2016

Researchers Create 3D Atomic-Level Image Of Brain’s Marijuana Receptor

Researchers are taking a closer look at the brain to better understand how THC affects the body, creating a 3D image of the brain’s marijuana receptor to facilitate their work.

Neuroscience October 22, 2016

Online Game Pitching In To Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

The launch of 'Stall Catchers' has revolutionized Alzheimer’s research. The online game invokes the support of the public by watching videos in order to spot dysfunctional blood vessels of infected mice.

Neuroscience October 17, 2016

Paralyzed Man Can Feel Again, Thanks To Brain Implant, Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

A paralyzed man, implanted with microelectrodes in his brain, could feel his hand through a robotic arm. The device made the connection between the brain stimuli and the arm possible.

Neuroscience October 15, 2016

Language Disorders In Children Associated With Mothers’ Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Children born to mothers who took antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop language or speech disorders, reports a recent study. Maternal depression could also play a role in children’s language skills.

Neuroscience October 15, 2016

'Executioner' Protein Responsible For Brain Cell Death In Strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study discovered the protein responsible for cell death in almost all cases of cell injury. The mechanisms of the macrophage migration inhibitory factor in contact with the mitochondrial apoptosis-inducing factor produces systematic injuries to the cells.

Neuroscience October 8, 2016

Researchers Find Connection Between Feel-Good Hormone Dopamine And Ability To Recognize Faces

A new study has revealed the connection between the pleasure hormone, dopamine, and the brain's pathways of face recognition. This could bring new explanation on the cognitive reasoning of our social activity as an evolutionary survival mechanism.

Neuroscience October 5, 2016

Study Finds ‘Brain Training’ Effective In Certain Tasks, Not So Much In Others

A new study has found that brain training exercises are inefficient in improving the entirety og cognitive functions. It has concluded that these types of stimuli can only improve the very task-specific performance at best.

Neuroscience October 5, 2016

A Few Drinks Do Make You Feel Better: Researchers Found Alcohol Acts Like Rapid Antidepressants

Researchers compared the short-term effects of alcohol with those of antidepressants and found that the biochemical pathways of both stimuli are the same. This means so are the behavioral effects and changes in attitude brought about by the two.

Neuroscience October 4, 2016

Is It Worth It? Here’s How Your Brain Decides Between Effort And Reward

The brain has always been involved in decision-making processes. Now, researchers have identified specific regions in the brain responsible for assessing if effort required is worth the reward.

Neuroscience September 30, 2016

More Than Just A Feeling: Researchers Uncover Gene Activity Responsible For 'Sixth Sense' Sensation

Our brain has a special ‘sixth sense’ that makes it understand the position of our bodies in space. Some people's sixth sense is sharpened by a special gene, the mutation of which can make anyone lose a sense of movement and balance.

Neuroscience September 27, 2016

Mouse Study Finds Brain Circuit That Plays Key Role In Sleep-Wake Cycle And Reward System

A mice study identified a brain circuit involved in the sleep-wake cycle and reward system. The findings could lead to new treatments for sleep problems such as insomnia and those associated with neurological disorders.

Neuroscience September 6, 2016

Whole Brain Radiotherapy Not Beneficial To Patients Whose Lung Cancer Has Spread To Brain

For patients with non-small cell lung cancer with brain metastases, treatment with whole brain radiotherapy may not offer much benefit. WBRT was not associated with significant improvements in the survival times and quality of life in patients.

Neuroscience September 6, 2016

New Drug Shows Promise In Stopping Alzheimer's From Developing

An experimental drug developed by pharma company Biogen has the ability to breakdown plaque deposits and remove them from the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Researchers believe this could lead to the development of an effective treatment for the brain disorder.

Neuroscience August 31, 2016

Yes, Your Dog Can Understand What You Say, Regardless Of Your Positive Tone

A new study found that dogs use the same part of their brains as humans to be able to understand vocabulary and tone in speech.

Neuroscience August 30, 2016

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