Brain Education

Scientific American: How the brain decodes sentences

Words, like people, can achieve a lot more when they work together than when they stand on their own. Words working together make sentences, and sentences can express meanings that are unboundedly rich. (September 20, 2016) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Looking into the brains of habitual short sleepers

Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short […]

Scientific American: Human brain map gets a bold new update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird’s-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street, all carefully labeled. Thanks to a digital atlas published this week, the same is now possible with the human brain. (September 16, 2016) Read the […]

Popular Mechanics: Amphetamine helped brain damage rats regain function

Most people could benefit from a few extra hours of sleep every night. But some people habitually sleep much less than the recommended amount, yet report feeling no ill effects. A new University of Utah study, published Sept. 15 in Brain and Behavior, finds that patterns of neural connections in the brains of so-called “habitual short […]

Science Blog: Brain benefits of aerobic exercise lost to mercury exposure

Cognitive function improves with aerobic exercise, but not for people exposed to high levels of mercury before birth, according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Adults with high prenatal exposure to methylmercury, which mainly comes from maternal consumption of fish with high […]

Scientific American: Where creativity comes from

Creativity has enabled humans to conquer every corner of this planet. Researchers have documented the capacity in a growing number of other creatures. And some of their findings run counter to received wisdom about the origins of creativity and how to foster it in human minds. (September 16, 2016) Read the full article here

Scientific American: Shaping the urban brain

From public hygiene, to the living and working conditions of urban residents, to exposure to infectious diseases, cities exert a profound influence on all aspects of our health. This has been the case since well before our present era. (September 16, 2016) Read the full article here