Brain Education

CNN: Study links behavior in kindergarten to adult success

Every parent intuitively knows it’s a good thing to teach their child how to share and play well with others and how to deal with emotions like anger and sadness, but do most of us have any sense of just how important these so-called social and emotional skills can be to our child’s long-term success? […]

Reuters: Depression becoming more common among U.S. teens

The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests. For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, the study found. (November 14, 2016) Read the full article here

NPR: ‘Minibrains’ could help drug discovery for Zika and for Alzheimer’s

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. Known as “minibrains,” these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into everything from early […]

Science Blog: Red is good — the brain uses color to help us choose what to eat

Red means “Green light, go for it!” Green means: “hmm, better not!” Like an upside down traffic light in our brain, color helps us decide whether or not to eat something. This, according to a study at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and recently published in the journal Scientific Reports stating […]

NPR: Brain scientists trace rat ticklishness to play behavior

Scientists have pinpointed the ticklish bit of a rat’s brain. The results, published in the journal Science, are another step toward understanding the origins of ticklishness, and its purpose in social animals. (November 10, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Probiotics may boost learning, memory for Alzheimer’s patients

A research team from Iran are the first to show how a daily dose of probiotics for 3 months could be effective for improving memory and thinking abilities in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that Alzheimer’s patients who consumed milk enriched with beneficial live bacteria every day for 12 weeks showed significant improvements […]

U.S. News & World Report: PTSD may affect boys, girls differently, brain scans show

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects the brains of girls and boys in different ways, a new study suggests. Researchers used MRI scans to examine the brains of 59 children, aged 9 to 17. The participants included 30 kids with PTSD and 29 without the disorder (the “control” group). (November 11, 2016) Read the full article […]