December 2018

Big Think: The science behind why our brains make us cooperate (or disagree)

Why do we decide to work on a project or pursue a goal with someone? Or why do we treat some people like there’s no way we can find any common language? Neuroscience says that the human brain contains underlying causes to all human cooperation and social decision-making. (December 28, 2018) Read the full article […]

Science Daily: Brain activity predicts fear of pain

Researchers applied a machine learning technique that could potentially translate patterns of activity in fear-processing brain regions into scores on questionnaires used to assess a patient’s fear of pain. This neuroscientific approach may help reconcile self-reported emotions and their neural underpinnings. (December 25, 2018) Read the full article here

Third Age: Football-related concussions much more common than thought among kids 5-14

Concussions among football players age 5 to 14 are higher than previously reported. Five out of every 100 kids who were monitored suffered a football-related concussion, according to new research. The study, by investigators from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington Medicine’s Sports Health and Safety Institute, was published in the Journal of […]

Health 24: Does air pollution raise autism risk?

Traffic-related air pollution may play a role in development of autism, new research suggests. A Canadian study found that exposure to a common air pollutant during pregnancy was tied to higher odds of a child being diagnosed with autism by age five. That pollutant, nitric oxide, is associated with traffic pollution, the researchers noted. (December […]

New Atlas: Brain protein may be a more direct target for treating anxiety

Evolutionarily speaking, anxiety is an important mental state – but not so much when it gets out of hand, preventing you from leaving the house. Current anti-anxiety medication comes with some negative side effects, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine have now identified a protein in the brain that may be […]

Ladders: Why your brain never runs out of problems to find

Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them? It turns out that a quirk in the way human brains process information means that when something becomes rare, we sometimes see it in more places than ever. (December 28, 2018) Read the full article […]

U.S. News & World Report: Food brings double dose of pleasure to your brain

There may be a powerful reason why you can’t resist that plate of brownies. It turns out that eating causes the release of dopamine in your brain not once, but twice, German scientists report. First, the feel-good hormone is unleashed as you eat. But the same thing happens again once that food hits your tummy, […]

The Wall Street Journal: Hospitals rush to offer new stroke treatment

Jacques Hayes, a Detroit-area construction worker, recently fell in his apartment. A visitor heard the thud in the next room, then saw Mr. Hayes struggle to walk and talk, falling a second time. So the friend called 911. (December 26, 2018) Read the full article here