Tag: brain

New Mathematical Model Can Accurately Predict Decisions People Make In Card-Picking Game

A new mathematical model can predict the cards that a participant will pick in the Iowa Gambling Task. According to a researcher, this will help scientists understand the disruptions in decision-making that some people experience.

Neuroscience June 15, 2019

Researchers Go Deeper Into Reason Why People Forget Their Dreams After Waking

Dreaming is a regular part of sleep, but most of these dreams are forgotten. Scientists have answered why most dreams almost immediately disappear from the mind as soon as the sun comes up.

May 18, 2019

Can Brain Implants Treat Drug Addicts? Chinese Doctors Use Eye Deep Brain Stimulation For Opioid Addiction Treatment

Imagine a magical machine that can switch off addiction in the brain. That machine is what Chinese researchers are using to treat methamphetamine and opioid addiction in patients for the first time ever.

Biotech May 9, 2019

Monkey Brains Experience Pleasure After Looking At AI Generated Images

Scientists tried to figure out what stimulates every neuron in the brain’s visual cortex by hooking up monkeys with a computer capable of deep learning. The result: bizarre and abstract AI-generated images.

Animals May 4, 2019

Scientists Watch And Record Real-Time Footage Of Neurons Flashing

Adam Cohen got the inspiration for his study from a 2010 experiment made by researchers from MIT. The experiment involved an organism with a special protein that was only discovered in the 1980s in the Dead Sea.

Neuroscience May 3, 2019

No Amount Of Alcohol Is Safe During Pregnancy: Study

Researchers discourage drinking any amount of alcohol at any stage of pregnancy. Teens exposed to alcohol in the womb tend to have connectivity issues in brain that have also been been identified in people with depression, autism and schizophrenia.

Public Health April 28, 2019

Study Finds Link Between Body Fat Levels And Brain Shrinkage

Researchers investigated the potential link between obesity and brain shrinkage. They found that a higher percentage of body fat, especially among men, is associated with low amounts of gray matter in the brain.

Healthy Living/Wellness April 24, 2019

Obesity May Shrink Structure Of The Brain: Other Things That Can Happen If You Have Too Much Body Fat

New research shows that higher levels of body fat are linked to shrinkage of brain tissue, specifically the gray matter. What are the other health problems obesity can lead to?

Healthy Living/Wellness April 24, 2019

Household Chores Can Keep Your Brain Young: Study

Vigorous exercises still offer the best health benefits. Researchers of a new study, however, found that even light physical activity such as walking and doing housework can keep the brain young.

Neuroscience April 22, 2019

Experiment Restores Some Function In Dead Pig Brains 4 Hours After The Animals Died

Pig brains showed signs of cellular function hours after its owners died. The scientists were surprised, as the experiment challenged the notion that brain death is irreversible.

Animals April 17, 2019

Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard Who Made Breakthroughs In Neuroscience Passed Away At 93

Dr. Paul Greengard was awarded the Nobel Prize for his study that led to the understanding of how brain cells communicate with each other. His research also led to the advancement of treatment for neurological disorders.

Neuroscience April 15, 2019

Electricity Can Help Reverse Effects Of Aging On Memory

Severe brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and dementia can have a chance of treatment in the near future. Shocking the brain seems to achieve promising results, according to a new study.

Neuroscience April 11, 2019

Teen Brought To ER For Seizures Has Tapeworm Infestation In Brain: Here Are The Symptoms Of Neurocysticercosis

The young man brought to a hospital in India for seizures turned out to have neurocysticercosis. The potentially fatal condition is caused by ingestion of pork tapeworm's eggs. What are the symptoms?

Public Health March 29, 2019

Adults As Old As 87 May Still Grow New Brain Cells

Neurogenesis, the growth of new neurons, may still occur in older adults. Researchers, however, found that the process of making new cells is suspended in those with Alzheimer's disease.

Neuroscience March 25, 2019

Scientists Use Light And Sound To Clear Alzheimer's Plaque In Mice

Neuroscientists discovered that a combination of lights and sounds may help clear out brain plaques in patients with Alzheimer's Disease. The findings, although observed in mice, brought new hope that treatment breakthrough may be on its way.

Neuroscience March 16, 2019

Women's Brains Are Aging Slower Compared To Men's Brains

Researchers found that on average, women's brains are three years younger than men's brains. The team believes that this explains why women tend to experience less cognitive decline in old age.

Public Health February 5, 2019

Researchers Narrow Down Specific Cells Responsible For Pain In Human Brain

Scientists from Stanford temporarily disabled the brain cells responsible for the emotional experience of pain in mice. They hope this could lead to the future treatment of chronic pain in humans.

Neuroscience January 19, 2019

Elderly People Can Protect Their Aging Brain From Dementia With Housework, Exercise

Physical activities can protect older adults' brain from dementia. Intense activities and exercises are highly beneficial but light activities such as doing house chores can still provide benefit.

Public Health January 17, 2019

Smoking Marijuana Just Once Or Twice Can Change Structure Of Teen's Brain

Recreational marijuana can cause brain differences in young users. The new research found evidence suggesting using weed just once or twice can have structural brain and cognitive effects on teens.

Public Health January 15, 2019

Study Finds Link Between High Waist-To-Hip Ratio And Smaller Brains

Belly fat is not just bad for heart health. A new study involving nearly 10,000 people found a link between having excess belly fat and brain shrinkage, which has been tied to an increased risk for memory decline and dementia.

Public Health January 10, 2019

What Is Cute Aggression? Study Finds Brain Response To Too Much Adorableness May Lead To Violent Urges

Researchers found an association between cute images and increased activity in brain area involved in emotion. They also found a link between cute aggression and the brain's reward system. Should people worry if they experience this phenomenon?

Neuroscience December 31, 2018

4-Year-Old Boy Develops Rare Brain-Damaging Disease After Contracting The Flu

Andre Carson, a 4-year-old who loves basketball, developed acute necrotizing encephalopathy after he contracted the H1N1 flu virus. He is lucky to survive because 30 percent of those who contract the illness die.

Public Health December 26, 2018

Brain Of Australopithecus 'Little Foot' Reveals Ape-Like And Human-Like Features

The brain endocast of Little Foot showed the Australopithecus had a combination of ape-like and human-like features. It also suggested brain lateralization evolved early in the primate lineage.

Ancient December 26, 2018

Nutrient Levels In Blood Linked To Cognitive Ability In Older Individuals

Researchers found that specific nutrient patterns can affect the brain. In a study, researchers looked at key nutrients based on the Mediterranean diet in the blood and assessed brain health and cognition.

Healthy Living/Wellness December 20, 2018

Infectious Prion Proteins Detected In Eye Tissues Of People With Rare Brain Disease

Researchers found misfolded prion proteins in the eyes of 11 patients diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The discovery raised concerns over possible infection from eye exam equipment and cadaveric corneal transplants.

Neuroscience November 23, 2018

Man's Runny Nose Turns Out To Be Leaking Brain Fluid

A man thought it was his runny nose that ruined his family's Thanksgiving dinner last year. What he didn't know was that his 'runny nose' was actually leaking brain fluid.

Neuroscience November 17, 2018

Researchers Identify Genes That Could Make Some People More Susceptible To CTE

Contact sports athletes such as football players and boxers are at risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE during their lifetimes. A new study identified a gene that may be influencing the neurodegenerative brain disease.

Neuroscience November 5, 2018

Stimulating The Spinal Cord With Pulse Generator Can Help Injured People Walk Again: Study

A new technique has given hope to people who have been paralyzed due to spinal cord injury. By sending electrical signals to parts of the spinal cord responsible for movement, three patients were able to walk again.

Biotech November 1, 2018

Study Sheds Light On What The Cerebellum Actually Does In Human Brains

The cerebellum is responsible for more than just movements after all. A new research revealed that the region of the brain performs quality control for human's thoughts and actions.

Neuroscience October 26, 2018

Stress Hormone Linked To Brain Shrinkage And Poorer Memory: Study

How badly can stress affect the brain? A new study found that higher levels of stress hormones in the brain may lead to poorer memory and brain shrinkage.

Neuroscience October 26, 2018

If You Can't Keep Focus, Don't Worry: The Human Brain Works That Way

Researchers have discovered that the brain is designed to be distracted, and is constantly looking for something else to focus on. Brain rhythms, first detected almost a century ago, were described as an evolutionary advantage.

Healthy Living/Wellness August 23, 2018

Boy Loses Part Of Brain, But Now He's A Mostly Normal 10-Year-Old

A boy lost one-sixth of his brain before he turned 7 years old as part of a tumor surgery. Three years later, he is doing very well, with his brain forming new neural connections to compensate for the missing parts.

Neuroscience August 2, 2018

Where Does Human Speech Come From? Monkey Studies Provide A Clue

Could a friendly lip-smacking gesture give rise to something as intricate as human speech? MRI scans of monkey brains revealed this simple facial expression could be the precursor of speech.

Animals July 24, 2018

Having High Blood Pressure Late In Life May Lead To Brain Illness, Study Warns

Elderly people with higher blood pressure may have more signs of brain disease, a new study found. The researchers also saw a link between higher blood pressure in later life and Alzheimer’s disease.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Heat Waves Can Make People Dumber By 13 Percent, Says Harvard Study

Heat waves might affect a person’s cognitive ability, too. According to a study conducted by Harvard, students who lived in air conditioned dorms during a heatwave answered tests faster and more accurately than students without air conditioning.

Public Health July 12, 2018

Wearing Neckties Can Reduce Blood Flow To The Brain By 7.5 Percent

Wearing necktie may hamper a person's creative and thinking abilities as it obstructs blood flow. An earlier study also found a link between wearing ties regularly and the risk for blindness.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 8, 2018

Electrical Brain Zapping Reduces Violent Tendencies And Promotes Moral Judgment

A new study proposed that an electrical brain zapping device can reduce the violent tendencies of people. The study also suggested that the method can improve people’s moral perception on whether an act is right or wrong.

Neuroscience July 3, 2018

Researchers Discover How Half A Liter Of Water Moves From The Blood To The Brain Every Day

Scientists discovered that NKCC1, an ion transporter, is responsible for moving half of cerebrospinal fluid into the brain. They used experiments on lab mice to reach this conclusion.

Healthy Living/Wellness June 18, 2018

Where Does Consciousness Begin In The Brain? Scientists Find A Clue

Scientists identified two areas of the brain that light up just moments before one becomes conscious of a new experience. This brings us one step closer to finding the origin of human consciousness.

June 16, 2018

Artificial Human Prion Responsible For Fatal Brain Disorders Grown In The Lab

Researchers created an artificial human prion through a laboratory experiment with proteins from E. coli bacteria. The synthetic human prion offered experts more understanding on how to combat infectious and fatal brain disorders.

Biotech June 7, 2018

Scientists Locate Spiritual Part Of Brain Not Necessarily Activated By Religion

A team of scientists identified the portion of the brain that is activated when people undergo spiritual experiences. The researchers said the study could help understand the importance of spiritual experience to mental health.

Neuroscience June 4, 2018

These Genes Might Be Responsible For Our Big Brains, And They’re Only Found In Humans

Why are human brains bigger than those of other species in the animal kingdom? New research suggests a trio of genes could be responsible, and they’re exclusive to humans.

Neuroscience June 2, 2018

This Is The Amount Of Exercise You Need To Keep Your Brain Healthy

Aerobics isn't just the form of exercise that can benefit cognitive health. A range of other exercise regimes can also keep the mind sharp as people age but how much exercise is needed to keep the brain healthy?

Neuroscience May 31, 2018

How Leg Exercises Can Actually Improve Brain Health And Help Deal With Stress

Researchers reveal that leg exercises can dramatically improve the functionality of the brain. They discovered that a lack of weight-bearing exercises could reduce neural stem cell production by 70 percent.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 27, 2018

Learning Physics Activates Part Of The Brain Linked To Episodic Memory

Students who learned from a physics course that used modeling instruction showed changes in brain activity. Using fMRI, researchers found that the posterior cingulate cortex became more active after learning.

Feature | Science May 26, 2018

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