Brain Education

Neuroscience News: Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body

Researchers consider whether targeting neurons could be an effective way to treat a variety of cancers. Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to recent studies, even recruit and manipulate neurons for their own gain. This […]

Health Day: Space reshapes astronauts’ brains

Astronauts’ brains change shape while in space, a new study indicates. Brain scans of astronauts before and after spaceflight found their brains compress and expand during space missions. The findings could lead to new ways to treat health conditions that affect brain function, according to the University of Michigan researchers. (February 13, 2017) Read the […]

Medical Daily: Can empathy be learned? Two habits can increase your awareness of others

Empathy is a habit that is a learned skill, and also innate. Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York identified that the anterior insular cortex, is the activity center of human empathy, whereas other areas of the brain are not. Research also supports that it can be learned. Mindfulness has certain practices, […]

Medical News Today: How does our brain process fear? Study investigates

A little bit of fear protects us from danger, but too much can cause serious psychological discomfort and, in some cases, mental health problems. New research uncovers the brain circuit involved in processing fear, which could eventually lead to new treatment options for people with mental health disorders. (February 12, 2017) Read the full article […]

Neuroscience News: Brain network connections may underlie social behavior linked to Autism

Evaluating the strength of connections in the brain is one avenue researchers have been exploring to help identify children at risk for autism spectrum disorder earlier in life. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, with colleagues from the multi center Infant Brain Imaging Study (IBIS) network, have found associations between […]

Scientific American: Is your gut making you depressed or anxious?

This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections. If you had to guess the organ that has undue influence on your emotions, your mood, even your choices, what would you guess? The brain? Sure, but what else? The heart—that mythological seat of the soul? Not quite. The […]

Science Daily: New research demonstrates a link between swearing fluency and emotion

A new research paper explores how experiencing emotion impacts on people swearing. The findings show there is a direct connection between swearing and emotional arousal. Although this may seem obvious, this research confirms such a link objectively. The findings cast new light on opinions around whether swearing may be considered to be a socially acceptable […]