Brain Education

TIME: Doctors can predict if antidepressants will work for you

Antidepressants can be very effective in treating depression, but the drugs are often a hit or miss; of the 10% of Americans diagnosed with depression, the medications generally work in about half of cases. Even then, finding the right antidepressant can often take months of cycling through different drugs until one starts to alleviate the […]

NBC News: ‘Space brain’: Mars explorers may risk neural damage, study finds

Astronauts making a years-long voyage to Mars may get bombarded with enough cosmic radiation to seriously damage their brains, researchers reported Monday. The damage might be bad enough to affect memory and, worse, might heighten anxiety, the team at the University of California Irvine said. (October 10, 2016) Read the full article here

Brain Blogger: Challenging goal? Improve focus by engaging your brain

New research confirms anecdotal observations that people can easily be distracted if they want to be, and that the ability to concentrate on a task and stay disciplined is best accomplished when an individual is interested. Investigators say their findings provide evidence that one’s motivation is just as important for sustained attention to a task […]

Medical News Today: Dance and music alter the brain in opposite ways

Fascinating research, published in the journal NeuroImage, finds distinct changes in sensory and motor pathways in the brains of dancers and musicians. However, the changes in white matter are at opposite ends of the spectrum. (October 8, 2016) Read the full article here

New York Times: Return to the teenage brain

Neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and be influenced by the environment — is greatest in childhood and adolescence, when the brain is still a work in progress. But this window of opportunity is finite. Eventually it slams shut. Or so we thought. (October 8, 2016) Read the full article here

BBC: Teenagers’ brain connections ‘make them learn differently’

Teenagers are often portrayed as thrill-seekers, but research suggests their brains are wired to learn from their experiences, which makes them better prepared for adulthood. In a small study, they performed better than adults at a picture-based game and brain scans showed a higher level of brain activity. (October 6, 2016) Read the full article […]