July 2015

News Medical: Study reveals how brain work leads to physical fatigue

Do you ever notice how stress and mental frustration can affect your physical abilities? When you are worried about something at work, do you find yourself more exhausted at the end of the day? This phenomenon is a result of the activation of a specific area of the brain when we attempt to participate in […]

Seattle Times: UW brain-wave study: Social babies get more out of Spanish lessons

Children learn languages so easily that it’s tempting to imagine that they’re passive little sponges soaking up everything they hear. But a new study from the University of Washington shows that 10-month-old babies use their eyes as well as their ears to learn the sounds of a foreign language. (July 31, 2015) Read the full […]

U.S. News & World Report: Older smokers with migraines may face added stroke risk

Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that’s preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as flashes of light or blind spots, […]

Medical Daily: Depressive ruminations: Why people focus on negative, self-defeating thoughts

New research examines the brain mechanisms behind rumination, focusing mainly on the subgenual prefrontal cortex (sgPFC) in the brain and another area in the brain, the default mode network (DMN), which is typically associated with reflection. The researchers, from the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and Stanford University, wanted to explore how the relationships between […]

Medical Xpress: Young adults with autism show improved social function following UCLA skills program

Researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have found that a social skills program for high-functioning young adults with autism spectrum disorder significantly improved the participants’ ability to engage with their peers. In the study, the largest randomized controlled trial to show improved social functioning in young adults with autism, […]

Medical Xpress: Take a trip through the brain

A new imaging tool developed by Boston scientists could do for the brain what the telescope did for space exploration. In the first demonstration of how the technology works, published July 30 in the journal Cell, the researchers look inside the brain of an adult mouse at a scale previously unachievable, generating images at a […]