November 2018

Earth: How do our brains shift to understand and pay attention to language

The human brain reacts differently to sounds of understandable language than it does to white noise, non-speech sounds, and different languages. But this is old news to neuroscientists. However, what neuroscientists didn’t know up until recently was how quickly the brain shifts to pay attention, process, and understand familiar language sounds. (November 30, 2018) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Bigger brains are smarter, but not by much

The English idiom “highbrow,” derived from a physical description of a skull barely able to contain the brain inside of it, comes from a long-held belief in the existence of a link between brain size and intelligence. For more than 200 years, scientists have looked for such an association. (November 30, 2018) Read the full […]

AHA: Infections may be a trigger for heart attack, stroke

Diabetes, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol are well-known risk factors for cardiovascular disease. But what about just getting sick? Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack? A new study suggests it could. (November 28, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction

New research conducted in mice identifies a neural pathway crucial to both depression and addiction. Can we treat these problems by simply manipulating this pathway? The pleasure and reward system is one of the most important systems governed by the brain. (November 30, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: In vitro cell culture findings could lead to novel interventions for schizophrenia

A study recently published in Translational Psychiatry, a Nature journal, has shown how using cultured cells from patients with psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, to investigate abnormalities in nerve connections in the brain could lead to new treatments. Strong correlations were observed between the findings in the cells in culture — grown outside the body […]

UPI: Study: Electric stimulation therapy boosts mood, decreases depression

Scientists can improve the mood of people with depression by delivering electrical currents directly to affected regions of the brain, a new study says. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco on Thursday published a study in the journal Current Biology showing that small electrical pulses sent through the lateral orbitofrontal cortex, or OFC, […]

U.S. News & World Report: 6 surprising effects of high blood sugar

Whether you have diabetes, prediabetes or just want to cut your risk of a future diagnosis, you probably know that it’s important to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Why is it important to control your blood sugar levels? Put simply, blood reaches and influences everything in your body, says Dr. Craig Primack, president-elect […]

Lifehacker: Why procrastination is bad for your brain

Procrastination is a vice many of us indulge in, and there’s a reason it’s so hard to quit. However, the long term effects of putting things off are actually hurting your brain. Part of the reason we love to procrastinate is because it literally makes us feel good, as discussed in this recent video from […]

Scientific American: Do brain waves conduct neural activity like a symphony?

In the textbook explanation for how information is encoded in the brain, neurons fire a rapid burst of electrical signals in response to inputs from the senses or other stimulation. The brain responds to a light turning on in a dark room with the short bursts of nerve impulses, called spikes. Each close grouping of […]