Brain Education

Medical News Today: Can you learn in your sleep? Yes, and here’s how

Sleep is known to be crucial for learning and memory formation. What’s more, scientists have even managed to pick out specific memories and consolidate them during sleep. However, the exact mechanisms behind this were unknown — until now. (March 8, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Is your stress changing my brain?

In a new study in Nature Neuroscience, Jaideep Bains, PhD, and his team at the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), at the University of Calgary have discovered that stress transmitted from others can change the brain in the same way as a real stress does. The study, in mice, also shows that […]

Medical Xpress: Deadliest type of stroke seeing surge of new research

Patricia Nelson was leaving a restaurant after dinner last June with friends when she started hearing wind blowing in her ear before she’d even stepped outside. “I just didn’t feel right,” says Nelson, a stroke rehabilitation nurse. The 51-year-old from Atlanta knew something was wrong and asked her friend to drive her to the hospital. […]

Science Magazine: Does autism arise because the brain is continually surprised?

Satsuki Ayaya remembers finding it hard to play with other children when she was young, as if a screen separated her from them. Sometimes she felt numb, sometimes too sensitive; sometimes sounds were muted, sometimes too sharp. As a teenager, desperate to understand herself, she began keeping a journal. (March 9, 2018) Read the full […]

National Geographic: Your dog knows how you feel – here’s how

Does it ever seem like your dog is in tune with your emotions? You may be on to something. In new experiments, dogs showed signs of understanding whether a human or a dog was happy or mad based on facial expressions and vocalizations. The research, published in the journal Biology Letters, set out to explore […]

New Scientist: Brain zap can make people re-experience old dreams while awake

People with epilepsy sometimes recall old dreams during seizures. Now a study has found that stimulating a particular part of their brains with electricity can also make this happen. “I saw something, a dream – a nightmare I had a couple of years ago. An object on a table,” said one person analysed in the […]

Science Daily: Nervous system discovery could inform stroke, pain therapies

Scientists used advanced imaging techniques to ascertain the resting state of an acid-sensing ion channel. Acid-sensing ion channels are believed to play a role in pain sensation as well as psychiatric disorders. Scientists expect the basic science research will spur new research and development into therapeutic agents targeting the channel. (March 8, 2018) Read the […]