December 2015

NPR: As aging brain’s internal clock fades, a new timekeeper may kick in

We all have a set of so-called clock genes that keep us on a 24-hour cycle. In the morning they wind us up, and at night they help us wind down. A study out Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those genes might beat to a different rhythm in older […]

Medical News Today: Touch-screen devices might help measure child development

A recent study set out to investigate the usage of touch-screen technology by toddlers; how much time do they spend playing with smartphones, tablets and their ilk, and how adeptly do they interact with them? The switch from passive entertainment, such as television, to more interactive media – tablets and smartphones – has been very […]

Yahoo Health: What’s happening in your brain during the holidays

There’s nothing quite like the holiday season when it comes to feeling all the feels. This time of year triggers different emotions for everyone. “We are used to running on adrenaline, going from one stressful deadline to another and trying to juggle work and our personal lives,” Emma Seppälä, PhD, science director of Stanford University’s […]

Medical Daily: Empathy is triggered by positive experiences among strangers: Study

Positive experiences with strangers trigger a learning effect in the brain, which increases empathy, suggests a new study from University of Zurich. Importantly, the researchers say it takes only a handful of positive learning experiences to become more sensitive to another’s feelings. “Most of my research combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with paradigms and […]

Popular Science: Tackling brain trauma head-on

Legendary NFL linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012, less than three years after his final game. An autopsy overseen by the National Institutes of Health revealed that he’d had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE—a degenerative brain disease that can result from hits to the head and might cause depression, aggression, memory loss, and dementia. […]

Medical Xpress: Virtual Reality software brings hope to stroke survivors

Games Technology students and Computer Science lecturers from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and Information Technology are helping stroke survivors put their lives back together. The team from Murdoch has worked with clinicians from the West Australian Neuroscience Research Institute (WANRI) to develop a computer-based Virtual Reality (VR) rehabilitation program called Neuromender, which will greatly advance […]

Science World Report: Autism: Extremely premature babies at higher risk

Babies who are extremely premature run a much higher risk of developing autism. A new study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden examined the differences in the brain’s of children born very premature compared to those born full term. (December 22, 2015) Read the full article here

Brain Blogger: Uncovering the secrets of memory to reverse damage in Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, and seeing a loved one gradually lose control over his life and relationships, fail to recognize you, and become dependent on others just to carry out simple daily tasks is very painful. Alzheimer’s disease-associated dementia is so common that it has come to be viewed as a normal consequence […]

Psych Central: Resources found lacking for non-veterans with PTSD

Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have access to the Veterans Health Administration and Defense Department, which acts as a center for research, data, and services for combat-related PTSD treatment. But for the millions of non-veterans suffering from PTSD, treatment resources are far less comprehensive and accessible, according to a new study published […]

Medical Xpress: Intelligence ‘networks’ discovered in brain for the first time

Scientists from Imperial College London have identified for the first time two clusters of genes linked to human intelligence. Called M1 and M3, these so-called gene networks appear to influence cognitive function – which includes memory, attention, processing speed and reasoning. (December 21, 2015) Read the full article here