March 2017

News Medical: Young people with autism face difficulty in recognising emotion from facial expressions, study finds

Young people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have difficulties recognising and distinguishing between different facial expressions, according to research from one of the largest studies to look at emotion recognition in children and adolescents with ASC. The University of Bristol findings are published today [31 Mar 2017] in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. […]

Mental Floss: Dyslexia doesn’t work the way we thought it did

Dyslexia is not just about reading, or even language. It’s about something more fundamental: How much can the brain adapt to what it has just observed? People with dyslexia typically have less brain plasticity than those without dyslexia, two recent studies have found. (March 31, 2017) Read the full article here

Dancing may benefit your brain

Dancing may benefit your brain Could country line dancing protect your brain from aging? A new study compared the neurological effects of country dancing with walking and other activities. Findings suggest that learning a social dance places demands on the mind and body that could make it unusually potent at slowing some of the seemingly inevitable signs of aging that occur inside […]

Medical Xpress: Getting a leg up: Hand task training transfers motor knowledge to feet

The human brain’s cerebellum controls the body’s ability to tightly and accurately coordinate and time movements as fine as picking up a pin and as muscular as running a foot race. Now, Johns Hopkins researchers have added to evidence that this structure also helps transfer so-called motor learning from one part of the body to […]

News Medical: Virtual reality therapy effective in reducing pain for hospitalized patients

Virtual reality therapy is effective in significantly reducing pain for hospitalized patients, according to a new Cedars-Sinai study. In the study, published online today by JMIR Mental Health, a sister publication of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, investigators examined 100 hospitalized patients who reported pain scores of greater than 3 on the Numeric Pain […]

The New York Times: Walk, stretch or dance? Dancing may be best for the brain

Could learning to dance the minuet or fandango help to protect our brains from aging? A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance. The demands it places on the mind and body could […]

Science Daily: Biomechanical analysis of head injury in pediatric patients

The biomechanics of head injury in youths (5 to 18 years of age) have been poorly understood. A new study set out to determine what biomechanical characteristics predispose youths with concussions to experience transient or persistent postconcussion symptoms. (March 28, 2017) Read the full article here