September 2014

Psychology Today: What Email Does to Your Brain

Have you ever been in a situation in which you were feeling great until you received an email out of the blue that completely upset your day? How does it feel to receive 30 such emails first thing in the morning? Research shows that just looking through your inbox can significantly increase your stress levels  (see research […]

Citizen Times: Barbee: How to Boost Brain Power

Did you know that we have the power to make our brains grow and change in a way that will foster sharper thinking and better academic achievement? That’s a pretty awesome power to have, considering our brains control almost everything we do. Neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to change, occurs throughout our lives under three […]

MIT News: Modeling Shockwaves Through the Brain

Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Symptoms of traumatic brain injury can range from the mild, such as […]

Scientific American: A New Idea for Treating Alzheimer’s

If it’s good for the heart, it could also be good for the neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, cells that make up the main items on the brain’s parts list. The heart-brain adage comes from epidemiological studies that show that people with cardiovascular risk factors such as high-blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, may be more […]

PsychCentral: Study Points to Neural Basis for Social Deficits in ADHD Kids

New research finds evidence of differences in brain function in kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that may underlie problems recognizing emotion in facial expressions. Children with ADHD frequently exhibit inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These behaviors may explain why they are often excluded from peer activities, according to researchers led by Ryusuke Kakigi, M.D., Ph.D., of […]

WIRED: Belief in Free Will Not Threatened by Neuroscience

A key finding from neuroscience research over the last few decades is that non-conscious preparatory brain activity appears to precede the subjective feeling of making a decision. Some neuroscientists, like Sam Harris, have argued that this shows our sense of free will is an illusion, and that lay people would realize this too if they […]

Huffington Post: Will Brain Wave Technology Eliminate the Need for a Second Language?

Earlier this year, the first mind-to-mind communication took place. Hooked up to brain wave headsets, a researcher in India projected a thought to a colleague in France, and they understood each other. Telepathy went from the pages of science fiction to reality. Using electroencephalography (EEG) sensors that pick up and monitor brain activity, brain wave technology has […]

Frontal Lobe Fitness Rules

Frontal Lobe Fitness Rules: Executive functions are more important for everyday life performance and independence than your IQ or intelligence quotient.

Discovery News: Strange New Type of Brain Cell Discovered

The discovery of a new shape of brain cell has neuroscientists scratching their heads over what the function of these neurons might be. Though neurons come in different shapes and sizes, the basic blueprint consists of a cell body, from which protrudes spindly appendages called dendrites and axons. Dendrites are branchlike structures that receive signals […]