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Learning to read boosts the visual brain
How does learning to read change our brain? Does reading take up brain space dedicated to seeing objects such as faces, tools or houses? (2019-09-18)
Brain activity intensity drives need for sleep
The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we've been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new UCL study in zebrafish, published in Neuron. (2019-09-16)
Social isolation derails brain development in mice
Female mice housed alone during adolescence show atypical development of the prefrontal cortex and resort to habitual behavior in adulthood, according to new research published in eNeuro. (2019-09-16)
Study led by NUS scientists show that drinking tea improves brain health
A recent study led by researchers from the National University of Singapore revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers. (2019-09-12)
Calcium channel blockers may be effective in treating memory loss in Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia but the changes in brain cell function underlying memory loss remains poorly understood. (2019-09-11)
New study points to universal code in our brains for what we find beautiful
A network in the human brain involved in inner thoughts and self-referential mental processing may contain a universal code for whether we find something to be beautiful. (2019-09-11)
Foot painters' toes mapped like fingers in the brain
Using your feet like hands can cause organized 'hand-like' maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a new UCL-led study of two professional foot painters, published in Cell Reports. (2019-09-10)
New research provides hope for people living with chronic pain
Dr. Gerald Zamponi, Ph.D., and a team with the Cumming School of Medicine's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and researchers at Stanford University, California, have been investigating which brain circuits are changed by injury, in order to develop targeted therapies to reset the brain to stop chronic pain. (2019-09-09)
Research shows puberty changes the brains of boys and girls differently
Scientists have found that brain networks develop differently in males and females at puberty, with boys showing an increase in connectivity in certain brain areas, and girls showing a decrease in connectivity as puberty progresses. (2019-09-09)
Repetitive impacts key to understanding sports-associated concussions
Scientists have made a significant advance in our understanding of mild head trauma (concussive brain injury) and how it may be managed and treated in the future. (2019-09-09)
Watching music move through the brain
Scientists have observed how the human brain represents a familiar piece of music, according to research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-09)
How our brain filters sounds
When two identical sounds are repeated quickly, a filter reduces the attention that the brain directs to the second sound it hears. (2019-09-06)
Study locates brain areas for understanding metaphors in healthy and schizophrenic people
Scientists have used MRI scanners to discover the parts of the brain which understand metaphors, in both healthy volunteers and people with schizophrenia. (2019-09-06)
Not just images
Hebrew University scientists have successfully transformed an MRI from a diagnostic camera into a device that can record changes in the biological makeup of brain tissue. (2019-09-05)
Single traumatic brain injury can have long-term consequences for cognition
A single incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to long-lasting neurodegeneration, according to a study of 32 individuals. (2019-09-04)
Protein tangles linked with dementia seen in patients after single head injury
Scientists have visualized for the first time protein 'tangles' associated with dementia in the brains of patients who have suffered a single head injury. (2019-09-04)
How humans have shaped dogs' brains
Dog brain structure varies across breeds and is correlated with specific behaviors, according to new research published in JNeurosci. (2019-09-02)
Map of broken brain networks shows why people lose speech in language-based dementia
Scientists have drawn a map that illustrates three regions in the brain of people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) that fail to talk to each other, inhibiting a person's speech production, word finding and word comprehension. (2019-09-01)
Creation of new brain cells plays an underappreciated role in Alzheimer's disease
In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Sangram Sisodia and his colleagues show how in genetic forms of Alzheimer's, a process called neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells, can be disrupted by the brain's own immune cells. (2019-08-30)
Lack of oxygen doesn't kill infant brain cells, as previously thought
Research, conducted at OHSU and published in the Journal of Neuroscience, raises new concerns about the vulnerability of the preterm brain to hypoxia. (2019-08-29)
A protective factor against Alzheimer's disease?
Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Institute for Stroke and Dementia Research (ISD) at the University Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich have found that a protein called TREM2 could positively influence the course of Alzheimer's disease. (2019-08-29)
Signal blocks stem cell division in the geriatric brain
Scientists from Basel have investigated the activity of stem cells in the brain of mice and discovered a key mechanism that controls cell proliferation. (2019-08-28)
Spontaneous brain fluctuations influence risk-taking
Minute-to-minute fluctuations in human brain activity, linked to changing levels of dopamine, impact whether we make risky decisions, finds a new UCL study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2019-08-26)
Texas A&M CVM study finds new pathway for potential glioblastoma treatment
A team led by Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVM) researcher Dr. (2019-08-21)
Lifelong study links early blood pressure change to poorer brain health
Changes in blood pressure in those as young as 36 are linked to markers of poorer brain health in later life, finds UCL-led research involving participants of Britain's oldest running birth cohort study. (2019-08-20)
Brain takes a beating as arteries age
Researchers in Umeå, Sweden, have presented a model that explains why memory deteriorates as the body ages. (2019-08-20)
Nearly identical representations of spoken, written words in the brain
The brain activity evoked from processing written or heard semantic information is almost identical, according to research in adults published in JNeurosci. (2019-08-19)
Engaging educational videos elicit similar brain activity in students
The most engaging educational videos are correlated with similar brain activity across learners, according to research in young adults recently published in eNeuro. (2019-08-19)
Blocking inflammatory pathway key to preventing brain metastasis from melanoma
A new Tel Aviv University study finds that melanoma-related brain metastasis occurs when tumor cells 'hijack' an inflammatory pathway in the brain. (2019-08-19)
Researchers refine guidelines for pediatric brain injuries
There are no guideliInnes on whether a noninvasive method of measuring carbon dioxide from patients' exhalations, known as end-tidal capnography, is as effective as drawing blood through a child's artery. (2019-08-16)
Cambridge scientists reverse aging process in rat brain stem cells
Scientists say the results have far reaching implications for how we understand the aging process, and how we might develop much-needed treatments for age-related brain diseases. (2019-08-14)
Greater blood pressure control linked to better brain health
For adults with high blood pressure, greater blood pressure control than what's currently considered standard is associated with fewer adverse changes of the brain, which could mean lower risks of dementia and cognitive impairment, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2019-08-13)
Take a break! Brain stimulation improves motor learning
In a joint study, Jost-Julian Rumpf from the University of Leipzig and Gesa Hartwigsen from MPI CBS suggest the process of motor learning probably already begins during short interruptions of practice. (2019-08-09)
Brain stimulation for PTSD patients
University of Houston assistant professor of electrical engineering Rose T. (2019-08-07)
Study examines cannabis' effects on brain neurochemistry
A new Addiction Biology study provides the first evidence of a blunted response to stress-induced dopamine signaling in the brain's prefrontal cortex in individuals at high risk for psychosis who regularly used cannabis. (2019-08-07)
Machine learning classifies word type based on brain activity
Pairing machine learning with neuroimaging can determine whether a person heard a real or made up word based on their brain activity, according to a new study published in eNeuro. (2019-08-05)
JHU study explains how some older brains decline before people realize it
Some older adults without noticeable cognitive problems have a harder time than younger people in separating irrelevant information from what they need to know at a given time, and a new Johns Hopkins University study could explain why. (2019-08-05)
Super-resolution microscopy sheds light on how dementia protein becomes dysfunctional
University of Queensland researchers have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cells, further unravelling the puzzle of memory formation and the elusive causes of dementia. (2019-08-01)
Researchers show how side hit to the head could damage brain, lead to concussion
Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you're probably going to have your 'bell rung' by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. (2019-07-31)
Neuroimaging essential for Zika cases
Infants in a recent study 'represented a group of ZIKV-exposed infants who would be expected to have a high burden of neuroimaging abnormalities, which is a difference from other reported cohorts,' Sarah B. (2019-07-31)
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