October 2017

Futurism: Scientists developed a way to precisely edit genes in the human brain

Technologies designed for editing the human genome are transforming biomedical science and providing us with relatively simple ways to modify and edit genes. However, precision editing has not been possible for cells that have stopped dividing, including mature neurons. This has meant that gene editing has been of limited use in neurological research — until […]

Medical News Bulletin: Does happy music help creativity in problem solving?

A recent study examines whether happy music helps creativity during problem-solving by comparing four types of musical selections.  Divergent and convergent thinking are two poles on a spectrum of cognitive approaches to problems. On the divergent end, there is a problem and the thinker seeks to generate multiple solutions.  Activities that trigger divergent thinking include […]

Medical Xpress: Brain training can improve our understanding of speech in noisy places

For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 19th have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help. (October 19, 2017) Read the […]

U.S. News & World Report: State laws help reduce concussions in youth sports

State laws aimed at curbing an alarming rise in concussions among student athletes appear to be working. Since 2014, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to protect young athletes against traumatic brain injury (TBI). Washington state was the first in 2009. Most of the laws require athletes with suspected concussions […]

Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Word processing duration may predict onset

Recent research published in the journal NeuroImage Clinical suggests that the time it takes for someone to process written words may be a reliable predictor of their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The new study focused on patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition in which seniors — typically over the age of 65 […]

Science Daily: Psychologists develop new model that links emotions and mental health

For decades psychologists have studied how people regulate emotions using a multitude of ways to conceptualize and assess emotion regulation. Now a recent study shows how a new assessment model can give clinicians an exciting new way to think about clinical diagnoses including anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders. (October 19, 2017) Read the full article […]

Forbes: Rewire your brain for success

Using neuroplasticity, you can rewire your brain by changing your behavior, thinking and emotions. This means that no one is doomed to be a control freak, conflict avoider or bad listener. Alas, we all have the power to reprogram how we lead and work through problems with focus, commitment and self-compassion. (October 20, 2017) Read […]

Futurism: Here’s how sleeping too little literally transforms your brain

You’ve likely noticed your brain moving a bit slowly after a night of too little sleep. However, a substandard amount of shut-eye has greater consequences than feeling tired and irritable the following day. Research into how sleep affects the brain suggests that the amount of rest we get is of utmost importance. (October 19, 2017) […]