Brain Health

Medical News Today: Playing video games may ‘enhance learning’

In a learning test, people who play video games performed better than those who don’t, and their brains appeared to be more active in regions linked to learning and memory. So concludes a study from Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany that was published in the journal Behavioural Brain Research. (October 3, 2017) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Tapping into how the brain perceives values can influence choices

Researchers have been able to tap into the decision-making processes in the brain to play with our sense of value. A number of studies have shown that the two halves of the brain deal with magnitudes – such as time, space, and numbers – in different ways, with the left side of the brain dealing […]

Live Science: Why the brain forgets details to make sense of the bigger picture

Think about your commute: You probably have a firm grasp of what roads, trains or buses you need to take to get to work or school, but can you picture all the other cars or subway-goers that you see along the way? The reason you may be struggling is because, your brain decides that information […]

Real Clear Science: Can neuroscientists measure free will?

If you’ve ever read an article proclaiming that neuroscience disproves free will, you’ve probably heard of the Libet experiment. In 1983, Benjamin Libet, a vision and neurology researcher at UC San Francisco, described an experiment in which subjects were asked to move one of their hands whenever they felt like it, and to report the […]

Health Day: Bilingual kids learn new languages better

Bilingual children have an easier time learning additional languages later in life than those who speak only one language, researchers report. For a new, small study, researchers included 13 college students who learned English and Mandarin at a young age, and 16 college students who spoke only English. The bilingual students were better able to […]

Science Daily: New insights into how sleep helps the brain to reorganize itself

A study has given new insights into how sleep contributes to brain plasticity — the ability for our brain to change and reorganize itself — and could pave the way for new ways to help people with learning and memory disorders. Researchers at the Humboldt and Charité Universities in Berlin, led by Dr Julie Seibt […]

Medical News Today: These neurons make us fall asleep when we are bored

If you have fallen asleep during a meeting, don’t blame yourself: blame your neurons. Specifically, a set of neurons in a brain area known as the nucleus accumbens, which is a region known to play a role in motivation and reward. This is what a study recently published in the journal Nature Communications seems to […]

Medical Xpress: Study shows how ‘love hormone’ oxytocin spurs sociability

Why is it so much fun to hang out with our friends? Why are some people so sociable while others are loners or seemingly outright allergic to interactions with others? A new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine begins to provide an answer, pinpointing places and processes in the brain that […]

New Atlas: Appetite-controlling brain cells activated by amino acids

You’ve likely heard that eating protein can fill you up faster than eating simple carbs like bread and pasta. Now, researchers at the University of Warwick (UW) in England have figured out just why that is, and they’ve identified the specific foods that satisfy hunger the quickest. Their findings could put a serious dent in […]

Medical News Today: Brain circuit that makes you crave salt identified

Salt is not all bad, but too much of it can have a serious impact on your cardiovascular health. Reducing our salt intake can seem challenging, however, and new research maps the neurons that make passing up salt so difficult. A moderate amount of salt is crucial to our health. The sodium found in salt […]