July 2016

Huffington Post: A parent’s touch actually transforms a baby’s brain

A child wants to be held and touched from the very first day of life. And a parent’s affectionate touch goes a long way, from boosting a newborn’s healthy development to shaping the child’s brain later on, a new study suggests. (July 29, 2016) Read the full article here

New York Times: What your brain looks like when it solves a math problem

Solving a hairy math problem might send a shudder of exultation along your spinal cord. But scientists have historically struggled to deconstruct the exact mental alchemy that occurs when the brain successfully leaps the gap from “Say what?” to “Aha!” (July 28, 2016) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Could slight brain zap during sleep boost memory?

Stimulating a targeted area of the brain with small doses of weak electricity while you sleep may enhance your ability to remember what you learned the night before, new research finds. The new procedure is called transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). (July 28, 2016) Read the full article here

Reuters: Lasting brain changes seen in college athletes after concussion

The brain may show signs of concussion for months or years after the injury occurred, according to a Canadian study of college athletes. Using advanced MRI scans, researchers found evidence of brain shrinkage in the frontal lobes of athletes with a history of concussions compared to those who never had a concussion. (July 29, 2016) […]

UPI: Antidepressants get backed up in the brain, delaying their effects, study says

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants can take weeks or longer to work for patients, leaving researchers to wonder why while searching blindly for ways to speed them up. SSRI drugs build up in the lipid layers of nerve-cell membranes, helping other proteins function better, before their effects can be felt by patients, according to researchers […]

Psych Central: Drama enhances communication in autistic kids

Researchers at the University of Kent suggest that creativity and intermedial languages can be used as a bridge to communicate with autistic children. In a new study, researchers engaged autistic children in an all-surrounding drama experience. (July 29, 2016) Read the full article here

Make Sleep a Priority

Make Sleep a Priority Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Instead of burning the midnight oil, make sleep a priority. This will help you get more done during your waking hours. Also, pay attention to which times of the day you feel most alert. Use those times to schedule your most intense […]

Medical Xpress: How your brain retrieves a memory when you sense something familiar

The influence of the environment on memory is evident in many everyday life experiences. We can all probably think of an example where we revisited a place and memories of events from that period re-emerged. And the effect of environmental context on memory has been demonstrated very often in psychological studies. (July 28, 2016) Read […]