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Problematic relationship: Small brain models distort contact intensity between neurons
Even the most powerful computers in the world can only simulate 1 percent of the nerve cells due to memory constraints. (2015-09-10)
Brain plasticity in the most dreaded biblical disease
A new study shows that nerve damage caused by leprosy is associated to changes in the brain of patients. (2015-09-09)
Many childhood brain tumor survivors experience seizures
New research reveals that seizures are frequent in childhood brain tumor survivors. (2015-09-08)
SfN announces winners of Brain Awareness Video Contest
The Society for Neuroscience today announced the winners of the fifth annual Brain Awareness Video Contest, with winning topics covering visual processing, coding in the brain, and our 'sixth sense.' (2015-09-04)
EORTC trial opens for patients with recurrent grade II or III meningioma
Meningiomas are a type of brain tumor that form on membranes covering the brain and spinal cord just inside the skull. (2015-09-02)
The risk of cognitive impairment in children born prematurely may be predicted using MRI after birth
School age children who are born prematurely are more likely to have low mathematical achievement, thought to be associated with reduced working memory and number skills, according to a new study published today in the neurology journal Brain. (2015-09-02)
Diabetes and brain tangles may be linked independently of Alzheimer's disease
Diabetes may be linked to the buildup of tangles or tau in the brain, separate from Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the Sept. (2015-09-02)
Study shows that food may be addictive
An international group of researchers have found that food craving activates different brain networks between obese and normal weight patients. (2015-08-30)
Bystander CPR linked to lower nursing home admission and brain damage after cardiac arrest
Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been linked to a 30 percent lower risk of nursing home admission and brain damage in survivors of cardiac arrest outside hospital in research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr. (2015-08-30)
Psychotic patients distinguished from controls while watching movie 'Alice in Wonderland'
Researchers using fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) have found that even first-episode psychotic patients process information differently from a control group. (2015-08-30)
Research shows testosterone changes brain structures in female-to-male transsexuals
Brain imaging shows that testosterone therapy given as part of sex reassignment changes the brain structures and the pathway associated with speech and verbal fluency. (2015-08-30)
Scientists show how magnetic pulses change the brain in treatment for depressed patients
A group of UK scientists have found a way of understanding how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can give relief to severely depressed patients. (2015-08-29)
Making a mistake can be rewarding, study finds
The human brain learns two ways - either through avoidance learning, which trains the brain to avoid committing a mistake, or through reward-based learning, a reinforcing process that occurs when someone gets the right answer. (2015-08-25)
Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adults
One day soon, doctors may determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. (2015-08-24)
Brain waves behind indecisiveness
Some people find it difficult to make decisions. In a new study, neuroeconomists from the University of Zurich now reveal that the intensity of the communication between different regions of the brain dictates whether we are indecisive or not. (2015-08-20)
Saliva test for stress hormone levels may identify healthy older people with thinking problems
Testing the saliva of healthy older people for the level of the stress hormone cortisol may help identify individuals who should be screened for problems with thinking skills, according to a study published in the Aug. (2015-08-19)
Long-term brain changes persist years after drug abuse and recovery
It's known that brain changes are present in drug addicts even when they have been abstinent for a short period of time. (2015-08-18)
Study finds nicotine changes marijuana's effect on the brain
How scientists study the effects of marijuana on the brain is changing. (2015-08-18)
Imaging study looks at brain effects of early adversity, mental health disorders
Adversity during the first six years of life was associated with higher levels of childhood internalizing symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, in a group of boys, as well as altered brain structure in late adolescence between the ages of 18 and 21, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2015-08-17)
Study identifies cause of disruption in brain linked to psychiatric disorder
New research has identified the mechanisms that trigger disruption in the brain's communication channels linked to symptoms in psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia. (2015-08-17)
Reading comprehension focus of NSF grant
Understanding how different levels of readers comprehend science texts is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State psychology and education researchers by the National Science Foundation. (2015-08-13)
Grammar: Eventually the brain opts for the easy route
Languages are constantly evolving -- and grammar is no exception. (2015-08-13)
University of Missouri neurobiologists awarded NSF 'Early Concept' grant
Troy Zars, Mirela Milescu, and Lorin Milescu, faculty members of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program at the University of Missouri, have been awarded an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research from the National Science Foundation to expand the use of a temperature-activated protein switches in neurons. (2015-08-13)
Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'
KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. (2015-08-12)
Exercise may be associated with reduced disease activity in children with MS
A new study suggests children with multiple sclerosis who exercise regularly may have a less active disease. (2015-08-12)
The brain is not as cramped as we thought
Using an innovative method, EPFL scientists show that the brain is not as compact as we have thought all along. (2015-08-11)
New test measures effectiveness of treatments for Huntington's disease
A new test developed by UBC researchers allows physicians to measure the effects of gene silencing therapy in Huntington's disease and will support the first human clinical trial of a drug that targets the genetic cause of the disease. (2015-08-07)
Kidney impairment decreases blood flow to the brain, boosting risk of brain disorders
In a population-based study, poor kidney function was strongly related to decreased blood flow to the brain. (2015-08-06)
Siblings of children with schizophrenia show resilience to the condition as they grow up
Fundamental differences between how the brain forms during adolescence have been discovered in children with schizophrenia and their siblings, a new study shows. (2015-08-06)
Consolidating consciousness
The permanence of memories has long thought to be mediated solely by the production of new proteins. (2015-08-04)
Our elegant brain: Motor learning in the fast lane
Researchers at McGill University have discovered that to learn new motor skills, neurons within the cerebellum engage in elegant, virtually mathematical, computations to quickly compare expected and actual sensory feedback. (2015-08-03)
Brain teaser: 3-D printed 'tissue' to help combat disease
A bench-top brain that accurately reflects actual brain tissue would be significant for researching not only the effect of drugs, but brain disorders like schizophrenia, and degenerative brain disease. (2015-08-02)
The body and the brain: The impact of mental and physical exertion on fatigue development
Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? (2015-07-30)
Social groups and emotions
The semantic representation of social groups involves areas of the brain associated with processing emotions. (2015-07-29)
Study finds brain chemicals that keep wakefulness in check
Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time. (2015-07-29)
It don't mean a thing if the brain ain't got that swing
Like Duke Ellington's 1931 jazz standard, the human brain improvises while its rhythm section keeps up a steady beat. (2015-07-27)
Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response
The brain's effect on other parts of the body has been well established. (2015-07-23)
Brown Universtity begins study of early life chemical exposures
With more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will study how exposure to three common chemicals during pregnancy and childhood affects brain development and the thyroid. (2015-07-23)
Researchers: Body fat can send signals to brain, affecting stress response
The brain's effect on other parts of the body has been well established. (2015-07-23)
The ends count starting at birth
The cognitive system encodes better the first and last syllables of words. (2015-07-21)
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