February 2019

Medical News Today: How music motivates the brain to learn

Humans have been making, listening, and dancing to music since time immemorial, and this art can easily soothe or amplify our emotions. New research explains what “chords” music strikes in the brain, and how it relates to certain cognitive processes, particularly learning. (February 15, 2019) Read the full article here

Harvard Health: Lessons about brain health from a landmark heart study

In 1948, more than 5,200 people living in a town just west of Boston volunteered for what has evolved into the longest running and best-known study of the causes of heart disease. But the multigenerational Framingham Heart Study has also revealed important clues about brain disorders — most notably stroke but also cognitive decline and […]

Newsmax: Common triggers for heart conditions that leads to stroke

Many older Americans are diagnosed with the irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or “a-fib.” Now, research suggests that everyday foods, drinks or activities might trigger episodes of the stroke-linked condition. The bad news: Triggers include coffee, alcohol and sleepless nights. The good news: These factors can all be avoided or reduced, according to researchers […]

Medical Xpress: Brain pathways of aversion identified

What happens in the brain when we feel discomfort? Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden are now one step closer to finding the answer. In a new study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, they identify which pathways in the mouse brain control behaviour associated with aversion. (February 15, 2019) Read the full article here

Spectrum: Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

A customizable Styrofoam head mold minimizes movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images. During a typical functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan, researchers take multiple pictures of a person’s brain and combine them. If the person’s head moves during the scan, the images may blur and taint the results. The problem is […]

Quartz: Research shows your brain physically ages faster when you’re depressed

New research out of Yale University shows depression can physically change a person’s brain, hastening an aging effect that might leave them more susceptible to illnesses associated with old age. Scientists have, in this past, found all sorts of evidence to show how depression impacts the brain and other parts of the body. (February 15, […]

Science Daily: ‘Lack of cleaning’ in brain cells is central to Alzheimer’s disease

An international research team has created a better understanding of Alzheimer’s. They have shown that the cleaning system of the brain cells, the so-called mitophagy, is very weakened in animals and humans with Alzheimer’s. And when they improve the cleaning system in the animals, the Alzheimer’s symptoms almost disappear. (February 14, 2019) Read the full […]

Bustle: Morning people have different brain functions to night owls, a new study has found

Whether you’re someone who adores mornings or you’re that person who’s regularly awake past 2 a.m., you’ll have surely noticed that certain times of day are not your strongest. But a new study has revealed that morning people have different brain functions to night owls. And the neurological findings go some way to proving why […]

Futurity: Newlywed brains suggest altruism is hard-wired

Thinking of the well-being of our romantic partners before our own may be hard-wired in our brains, according to new research. Such altruism has perplexed and intrigued scientists for centuries. The new study explores how an individual’s genetics and brain activity correlate with altruistic behaviors directed toward romantic partners. (February 14, 2019) Read the full […]

Medical Xpress: What makes some people creative thinkers and others analytical?

Are you a more creative or analytical thinker? Analytical thinkers are particularly good at solving clear-cut problems by methodically working through the possibilities. Creative thinkers are more likely to have flashes of insight, or “aha moments,” that can leapfrog over many steps of thinking to solve problems that are fuzzy or complex. (February 14, 2019) […]