Brain Health

Medical Xpress: Discovery deepens understanding of brain’s sensory circuitry

Because they provide an exemplary physiological model of how the mammalian brain receives sensory information, neural structures called “mouse whisker barrels” have been the subject of study by neuroscientists around the world for nearly 50 years. A new study shows that despite all that prior scrutiny, significant discoveries remain to be made. (December 12, 2017) […]

Medical News Today: Which foods are best for mental well-being? It depends on your age

Meat, fruits, and vegetables – studies have suggested that these foods have the potential to boost mood and mental health. But which are best? Well, according to new research, the effects of specific foods on psychological well-being are highly dependent on a person’s age. (December 12, 2017) Read the full article here

New York Times: Curious orangutans, raised by humans, do better on cognitive tests

A lot of human beings put a high value on curiosity, like parents who want to get their children into exclusive nursery schools. Orangutans in the wild take a different approach. These great apes that live mostly alone in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, are quite cautious, as if they had heard the adage […]

Futurity: How your brain singles out 1 sound among many

Researchers have developed a new way to find out how the brain singles out specific sounds in distracting settings, non-invasively mapping sustained auditory selective attention in the human brain. The study lays crucial groundwork to track deficits in auditory attention due to aging, disease, or brain trauma and to create clinical interventions, like behavioral training, […]

Medical News Today: How can we switch off hunger in the brain? Study sheds light

Many of us think that controlling our food cravings and sticking to a diet depend largely on our willpower, but our biology has a different story to tell. Now, new research shows that a complex interplay between calories, digestion hormones, and neurons determines what we eat and when. (December 11, 2017) Read the full article […]

Science Daily: Twitter can reveal our shared mood

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have analyzed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day. (December 11, 2017) Read the full article here

NPR: Why your brain has trouble bailing out of a bad plan

You’re in your car, heading for an intersection. The light turns yellow, so you decide to hit the gas. Then you see a police car. Almost instantly, you know that stomping on the accelerator is a big mistake. But there’s a good chance you’ll do it anyway, says Susan Courtney, a professor in the Department […]

Longevity: Don’t just survive – Thrive: Impact of stress on the brain

Neuroscientist and life coach Tara Swart was recently in South Africa to host a business results group on brain health and leadership. She spoke exclusively to Longevity about the impact of stress on the brain and how to combat it. Survival mode is a state that your brain enters into when you’re under continual stress. […]

Medical Xpress: What’s that smell? The advantage of sniffing

Researchers led by Takeshi Imai at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) have discovered how the physical and sensory perceptions associated with sniffing are kept separate and why sniffing can help identify odors, two problems that have puzzled scientists for years. Published in Neuron on December 6th, the study used a system in mice […]

Science Daily: Want to listen better? Lend a right ear

Listening requires sensitive hearing and the ability to process information into cohesive meaning. Add everyday background noise and constant interruptions, and the ability to comprehend what is heard becomes that much more difficult. Audiology researchers have found that in such demanding environments, both children and adults depend more on their right ear for processing and […]