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

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

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