Brain Health

Science World Report: How the Brain ‘Reboots’ Itself After Being Impacted by Anesthesia

Anesthesia can completely disable patients, rendering them unresponsive during surgery. Yet hours later, they will wake up with their memories and skills intact. Now, scientists have found out how our brains reboot themselves after being impacted by anesthesia, revealing how brains navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness. Previous research has shown that the anesthetized brain is not […]

Los Angeles Times: Scientists cast light on the brain’s social cells

A team of Stanford University researchers managed to map out one such connection, buried inside the brain of a living, moving mammal as they manipulated its behavior. The feat offers an unprecedented close-up of the genesis of social behavior on a cellular level, and could offer insights into psychiatric puzzles such as autism, depression and […]

Forbes: Sun Tanning May Act As An Addiction In The Brain

We all know someone who’s a devout sun worshipper – the bronzed, leathery skin is generally the giveaway. Now, a study in the journalCell suggests that routine sun exposure may actually trigger an addictive pathway in the brain, with endorphins the underlying culprit. Of course, the study was done in mice, so we can’t be absolutely sure the […]

Health Central: Air pollution linked to cognitive decline

The fine particulate matter from vehicle exhaust and other sources of air pollution may speed up cognitive decline in older adults. For the study, researchers gathered information from one wave of a large, ongoing survey started in 1986. They focused their analysis on 780 participants who were 55 or older at the time of the […]

Psych Central: Age + Stress = Short-Term Memory Loss

A new study suggests prolonged stress causes a surge in the hormone cortisol, which can result in short-term memory loss among older adults. University of Iowa (UI) researchers have published the study in theJournal of Neuroscience. Short-term increases in cortisol are critical for survival. They promote coping and help us respond to life’s challenges by […]

Medical Daily: New Study Finds That Children Who Exercise Get Better Grades In School

Researchers from the University of Illinois also found a connection between exercise and the size of the brain in 9 and 10- year-old children. MRI techniques showed that physically active children had bigger hippocampi as compared to their less active peers and did better in memory tests. Researchers also determined the different effects that cardiorespiratory capacity, muscular strength, and motor ability […]

Daily Mail: Can music lessons as a child boost your brainpower for life? Researchers find young musicians develop better problem solving skills

Music lessons as a child could improve your brainpower for life, researchers have revealed. Researchers found that children who undertook early musical training were better at quickly processing and retaining information and problem solving. Musically trained children had to have played an instrument for at least two years in regular private music lessons. The controlled […]

Science World Report: Watching Violent TV Shows Linked to Impaired Executive Function in the Human Brain

Violent video games and television have long concerned parents and researchers. Could watching violent scenes impact the human brain? It turns out that that might actually be the case. Scientists have found that young adult men who watched more violence on television had less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning. The researchers examined young men who […]