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

Brave Soul: Russian Man Volunteers For First Human Head Transplant

The first-ever human head transplant is set to be performed by Dr. Sergio Canavero, an Italian neuroscientist, in early 2017. Valery Spiridonov, a 31-year-old Russian, has volunteered himself for the world’s first head transplant.

Neuroscience August 31, 2016

DNA Nanobot That Releases Drugs Using Mind Control May Alter Course Of Mental Health Treatment

A DNA nanobot can release drugs when it is heated using electromagnetic energy. How can it change the way mental health problems such as schizophrenia are treated?

Neuroscience August 28, 2016

Scientists Use Ultrasound To Jump-Start Brain Of Coma Patient

Scientists have developed a new groundbreaking technique to kick-start the brain of coma patients. Doctors at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) used ultrasound to stimulate the brain of a 25-year-old coma patient successfully.

Neuroscience August 27, 2016

Use Of Pain Reliever Acetaminophen During Pregnancy Linked To Behavioral Problems In Kids

Women who took acetaminophen, or paracetamol, during pregnancy are more likely to bear children with behavioral issues such as hyperactivity and conduct problems. Should pregnant women stop taking this painkiller?

Neuroscience August 17, 2016

Training With Robots And Virtual Reality May Help Patients With Brain Or Spinal Injury Recover

Eight paraplegic patients with spinal cord injuries regained sensation and motor abilities after undergoing a 12-month neurorehabilitation program using a robotic exoskeleton and virtual reality. The method uses the brain-machine interface (BMI).

Neuroscience August 12, 2016

Scientists Locate Brain Physics Engine That Predicts Human Movement

Scientists found the location of the brain physics engine that helps predict how objects behave. Brain activities revealed that people constantly make physical inferences.

Neuroscience August 10, 2016

Brains Of Overweight People 10 Years Older Than Lean Counterparts

A new study has found that the brains of overweight people are 10 years older compared with their lean counterparts — but only when they reach middle age and up.

Neuroscience August 8, 2016

Scientists Spot New Genetic Variations Linked To Depression Risk

Scientists in Boston have detected 15 new DNA regions that appear to be linked with a person's risk of depression. The findings may help researchers develop better treatments.

Neuroscience August 2, 2016

The Ice Bucket Challenge Has Just Funded An ALS Breakthrough

The Ice Bucket Challenge has proven that it worked. The campaign has helped fund a major breakthrough in ALS research that can help develop a way to treat the neurological disorder.

Neuroscience July 27, 2016

Patients With Bipolar Disorder Wait Six Years Before Seeking Treatment

Patients with bipolar disorder already show disruptive and distressing symptoms years before they get proper treatment for their psychiatric condition. What causes the delay in diagnosis?

Neuroscience July 27, 2016

Brain Games, Training Programs Could Lower Alzheimer's Risk

Computerized brain-training programs or 'brain games' can help lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's among healthy individuals. The analysis of a 10-year study could lead to new preventive measures against neurodegenerative diseases.

Neuroscience July 25, 2016

Changes In Personality, Behavior Might Be Harbinger Of Dementia

Sudden and long-time changes in mood, personality or behavior may be an early sign of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a new report suggests. Researchers in Canada created a questionnaire that may indicate risks of early progression.

Neuroscience July 24, 2016

'Most Detailed' Brain Map Presents Nearly 100 Previously Unknown Regions

Scientists from Washington University have created a painstakingly detailed map that presents previously unknown regions of the brain. How will this brain map change the field of neuroscience?

Neuroscience July 20, 2016

Pediatricians Tell Parents To Limit Children's Exposure To Violent Media Citing Link To Aggressive Behavior

The American Academy of Pediatrics tells parents to limit their children's exposure to screen violence. The group cited studies linking violent media exposure and aggressive behavior in kids.

Neuroscience July 18, 2016

New iDISCO Imaging Technology May Help Pinpoint Cause Of Alzheimer's Disease

A new imaging technology called iDISCO developed by scientists in New York City may help pinpoint the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Here's how the technology works.

Neuroscience July 15, 2016

Here's What Scientists Uncovered By Letting Mice Watch Film Noir

How does your own brain process the overwhelming stream of visual information from the external world? A newly launched observatory in Seattle aims to understand exactly that: the inner workings of the brain.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Eating More Cinnamon Could Improve Learning Ability

Here's another reason to spice up your life or your coffee and toast with a dash of cinnamon. Researchers find that eating more cinnamon can help improve learning and memory abilities.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Alzheimer's Gene Starts To Show Effects On Brain As Early As Preschool

Children with the APOE e4 variant, a gene tied to increased odds for Alzheimer's disease, were found to have a smaller hippocampus, the brain region linked to memory formation. They also performed worse on memory and thinking skills tests.

Neuroscience July 14, 2016

Blindness Cure On The Horizon? Scientists Restore Eyesight In Blind Mice

Biochemical manipulations and visual stimulations helped restore the eyesight of blind mice with glaucoma in a new study. The research may pave way for new directions that can help millions who suffer from vision loss.

Neuroscience July 12, 2016

Want To Stop Drinking? Scientists Pinpoint Neurons That Could Prevent Alcoholism

A new study suggests that activating a certain 'no-go' type of neurons can help prevent a person from wanting to drink alcohol. The study may offer hope in reducing the prevalence of alcoholism.

Neuroscience July 8, 2016

Do-It-Yourself Brain Stimulation Could Result In Altered Brain Functions

An open letter warns the public about the risks that come from transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a 'do-it-yourself' type of brain stimulation. Experts warn that they could be doing more harm than good.

Neuroscience July 8, 2016

Are You Naughty Or Nice? Scientists Use Mathematical Model To Understand Why

Some people are genetically wired to be nice despite living side to side with opposites who seem to exploit such niceness. Scientists developed a mathematical model to understand how some people evolve to become nice while others stay nasty.

Neuroscience June 27, 2016

Texas Woman Returns Home From Jaw Surgery With British Accent: What Causes 'Foreign Accent Syndrome'?

Lisa Alamia, who was born and raised in Texas, started to speak with British accent after she underwent a jaw surgery six months ago. What causes her condition known as foreign accent syndrome?

Neuroscience June 24, 2016

Benefits Of Brain Training Games Just A Placebo Effect?

Brain training programs offer users a boost in fluid intelligence and a chance to stave off mental aging. However, new research suggests that the 'benefits' of these programs may actually just be a placebo effect.

Neuroscience June 21, 2016

What To Do When Kids, Teens Suffer Concussion From Sports And Recreational Activities

Nearly 2 million children suffer concussions during sports and recreational activities. Of this number, between half a million and 1.2 million cases go untreated.

Neuroscience June 21, 2016

Memory Loss In People With Alzheimer's Disease Reversible: Here's Why New Broad-Based Treatment Worked

Using broad-based and personalized treatments, researchers were able to reverse memory loss in Alzheimer's disease patients. What made this new therapeutic approach effective?

Neuroscience June 19, 2016

How To Remember Better: Working Out Four Hours After Studying May Help You Improve Your Memory

Do you have trouble remembering information, especially new ones? New research suggests that to improve one’s rusty memory, you may want to hit the gym four hours after learning or studying.

Neuroscience June 17, 2016

Personalized Combo Therapy Reverses Memory Loss From Alzheimer's Disease

A 36-point personalized treatment for Alzheimer's reversed memory loss and sustained improvements in a small study. This gives hope that the condition marked by cognitive decline can be prevented and cured.

Neuroscience June 17, 2016

Cuteness Helps Babies, Puppies Survive: Study

Babies' cuteness is a force to be reckoned with. New research suggests that being cute helps babies - and even puppies - survive by eliciting care-giving.

Neuroscience June 9, 2016

Taking Dietary Supplements May Prevent Loss Of Brain Cells: Mice Study

Nutritional supplements have been proven to be beneficial in many ways. Now, new research suggests that taking a special combination of these supplements may prevent brain cell loss.

Neuroscience June 6, 2016

Lower Dopamine Levels May Explain Why Older People Take Less Risks

Older people are known to take fewer risks compared to when they were younger. Scientists believe this could be influenced by a reduction in the levels of dopamine in their brain.

Neuroscience June 5, 2016

Virtual Reality App Offers Hint On What It Is Like To Live With Dementia

A first-of-its-kind dementia smartphone app was recently launched by Alzheimer's Research UK. The app aims to give users a sense of what it is like to live with different forms of the condition.

Neuroscience June 3, 2016

Your Clever Friends, Intelligent Spouse Can Help Boost Your IQ

Being surrounded by relatives and workmates who are smarter than you can help boost your IQ, a renowned psychologist has revealed. His research contrasts the notion that intelligence is static.

Neuroscience May 30, 2016

Brains Of Schizophrenia Patients Attempt To Self-Repair, MRI Scans Reveal

Schizophrenia is believed to be a degenerative mental illness. MRI imaging, however, showed that the brains of patients suffering from this condition become more 'normal' over time.

Neuroscience May 28, 2016

New Test Indicates Chance Of Comatose Patients To Wake Up

A common test can determine the awareness indication and chances of waking up among comatose patients. The test, which measures the level of the brain’s sugar metabolism, provides hope for families going through a tough time.

Neuroscience May 29, 2016

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