May 2016

Scientific American: Dog intelligence and what it can tell us about our own intelligence

A study published in the journal Intelligence by British psychologists Rosalind Arden and Mark Adams confirms as much. Consistent with over a century of research on human intelligence, Arden and Adams found that a dog that excels in one test of cognitive ability will likely excel in other tests of cognitive ability. (May 31, 2016) […]

Tech Times: New test indicates chance of comatose patients to wake up

A new, common test showed it can determine a comatose patient’s awareness indication and even the person’s chances of waking up. The new research gives hope to families of comatose patients who are going through a tough time. (May 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Ever-changing moods may be toxic to the brain of bipolar patients

Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe and complex mental illness with a strong genetic component that affects 2% of the world population. The disorder is characterized by episodes of mania and depression that may alternate throughout life and usually first occur in the early 20s. (May 31, 2016) Read the full article here

Counsel & Heal: Brains of schizophrenia patients aim for self-repair

Brains of patients with mental disorder schizophrenia attempts to repair themselves, a new study has found. According to a study conducted by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and China, brains of schizophrenia patients may have the ability to repair themselves and fight off the mental illness. (May 30, 2016) Read the full […]

Spectrum: Through play, children with autism can hone thinking skills

Play provides some of a child’s first opportunities to rehearse social interactions, generate novel ideas, toy with symbolism and develop narratives — skills that serve us later in life, particularly in our highly social world. Indeed, children who engage in more complex play early in development show greater social competence at later ages. (May 31, […]

Science Blog: The brain clock that keeps memories ticking

Just as members of an orchestra need a conductor to stay on tempo, neurons in the brain need well-timed waves of activity to organize memories across time. In the hippocampus–the brain’s memory center–temporal ordering of the neural code is important for building a mental map of where you’ve been, where you are, and where you […]

Tech Times: Here’s how the brain makes, breaks a habit

There is a good and bad side in having habits, both of which affect what kinds of behaviors people exhibit. To better understand how these behaviors come about, researchers carried out a study to show what occurs in the brain when habits control behavior. (May 27, 2016) Read the full article here

The Health Site: Messing with brain activity during deep sleep affects memory

Japanese researchers have found that manipulating a brain circuit that governs how certain memories are consolidated during sleep can prevent or enhance memory retention. Experimentally manipulating the identified neural connection during non-REM sleep (deep sleep) can prevent or enhance memory retention in mice, showed the findings published in the journal Science. (May 27, 2016) Read […]