January 2018

BBC: How feeling bad changes the brain

It turns out that our emotional state has an effect on how much empathy we feel. Our emotions literally change the way our brain responds to others, even when they are in pain. In particular, it is when we feel bad that it can have a consequence on our social world. (January 15, 2018) Read […]

Science Daily: Improving stroke treatment through machine learning

Methods from optogenetics and machine learning should help improve treatment options for stroke patients. Researchers have now developed a computer vision technique to analyze the changes in motor skills that result from targeted stimulation of healthy areas of the brain. (January 16, 2018) Read the full article here

Newsmax: Can being bilingual help autistic children?

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching from one task to another, but being bilingual may actually make it easier, according to a new study which was published in Child Development. “This is a novel and surprising finding,” says senior author Aparna Nadig of Canada’s McGill University. (January 16, 2018) […]

U.S. News & World Report: Brain zaps may help curb tics of Tourette syndrome

Electric zaps can help rewire the brains of Tourette syndrome patients, effectively reducing their uncontrollable vocal and motor tics, a new study shows. The procedure, called deep brain stimulation (DBS), improved tic severity by nearly half in 171 patients with uncontrolled Tourette symptoms at 31 hospitals in 10 countries. (January 16, 2018) Read the full […]

Fast Company: 4 ways to trick your brain into keeping your new year’s resolutions

Be honest: How is your progress so far on those New Year’s resolutions you lined up just a few weeks ago? As January wears on and the cold, dreary weather continues for many of us, sticking with your resolutions can quickly start to seem more challenging than you’d expected–and sometimes completely impossible. (January 17, 2018) […]

Scientific American: The brain’s marauder’s map

In the hippocampus—a small horseshoe-shaped area of mammalian brains—there is a kind of Marauder’s map, which keeps track of other individuals’ movements. Two new studies published last week in Science show the hippocampus is not only responsible for figuring out an animal’s own position in space—something previously known—but also that of others. (January 17, 2018) […]

Live Science: Brain connections set creative thinkers apart

Being creative is all about making connections — in your brain, that is. In a new study, scientists found that the brains of highly creative people have more connections among three specific regions compared to the brains of less creative thinkers. Plus, the more-creative brains were better able to fire up these regions in coordinated […]

Newsweek: Salt is not just bad for your heart, it is also bad for your brain

Discussions about the effects of salt on our bodies are typically focused on heart health. But there are plenty of theories and studies to suggest that the chips and treats we love could be impacting our brains, too. In 2015, researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, found that too much salt appeared to reprogram […]

New Atlas: Study finds “baby brain” to be a real and measurable phenomenon

A new study is throwing further weight behind the phenomenon known as “baby brain,” where pregnant women report an absent-mindedness and decline in memory. The study is claimed to confirm once and for all that baby brain is indeed a genuine ailment, and it is also claimed to be the first to explore how it […]