Brain Health

PT Products: NIH Supports Multi Billion Dollar Brain Research Initiative

An initiative to uncover the mysteries of brain function received significant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is recommending that the project be funded for $4.5 billion over the next 12 years. A news report from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) indicates that a federal report released by NIH states that […]

Hindustan Times: Full moon night makes you sleep 20 minutes less

Researchers have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. “There may be a built-in biological clock that is affected by the moon, similar to the one that regulates the circadian rhythm,” researchers said. Re-analysis of the data showed that sensitivity, measured as reactivity of the cerebral cortex in the […]

The Conversation: To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience. As a relatively new angle of attack, this kind of research could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence technology. (July 8, 2014) […]

Forbes: People Who Avoid Market Bubbles May Have Brains That Work Differently

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published today may change the way we think about market bubbles and crashes by illuminating how our brains function when we think about them. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, and University College London carried out a study in 2012 in […]

Otago Daily Times: New Zealand researchers study electronic brain stimulation

Research involving electrical stimulation of the brain as a potential new form of neurological therapy will study whether ”transcranial direct current stimulation” can improve ”eye movement control” among older people. The new, potentially therapeutic approach, is ”non-invasive” and involves brain stimulation by a low level of electrical current being applied from outside the skull. Healthy […]

Salon: Sugar may harm brain health

A poor diet can eat away at brain health. Now a study in Neurology helps elucidate why. It suggests that eating a lot of sugar or other carbohydrates can be hazardous to both brain structure and function. Diabetes, which is characterized by chronically high levels of blood glucose, has been linked to an elevated risk […]

CNN: Cultural shifts and brain scans: Is searching for spirituality the new American dream?

“Our brains are belief-making machines, so we gravitate to different beliefs,” whether we find them in science, religion or art, said Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist who helped pioneer a field called “neurotheology,” or the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences. “Each of our brains is doing its best job to figure out the […]

Salon: 7 weird things money does to your brain

Money is packed with meaning, and it impacts our personalities, our relationships, and how we think. As you might imagine, a lot of stuff is going on in our brains when we think about money, and some of it is surprising. Researchers in the emerging field of neuroeconomics are drawing on psychology, neuroscience, and economics […]

Pacific Standard: Making Art Boosts Seniors’ Psychological Resilience

A research team led by neurologists Anne Bolwerk and Christian Maihofner reports “the production of visual art improves effective interaction” between certain regions of the brain. What’s more, this improvement in brain function-found in a small group of new retirees who took a class in which they created paintings and drawings-was matched by self-reports of […]

The Washington Post: Scientists criticize Europe’s $1.6B brain project

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe’s $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union. In an open letter issued Monday, more than 190 neuroscience researchers […]