Brain Health

NPR: A look at social media finds some possible benefits for kids

Screen time is often considered the enemy when it comes to teaching kids to be active and well-behaved. But should all forms of media be considered equal? Research being presented Tuesday finds that for 9- and 10-year-old children taking part in a study of brain development, greater social media use, such as using scrolling through […]

News-Medical: Neuroscientists map feeling of cool touch to the brain’s insula in mouse model

Carnegie Mellon University neuroscientists have mapped the feeling of cool touch to the brain’s insula in a mouse model. The findings, published in the June 15 issue of Journal of Comparative Neurology, provide an experimental model that will advance research into conditions like pain and hypersensitivity to cold and help researchers to continue to unravel […]

Science Alert: Scientists just discovered how water gets from blood into the brain

Scientists have identified the means by which water in our blood supply crosses over to the brain, where it becomes the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects one of our most precious organs. Scientists have identified the means by which water in our blood supply crosses over to the brain, where it becomes the cerebrospinal […]

Newsweek: Want to be more brave? The brain can edit memories to erase fear, study says

The practice of getting people to overcome their fears by facing them is a common technique in cognitive behavioral therapy. If someone is afraid of dogs, that person might slowly start to spend more time with them, until their fear subsides. Until now, neuroscientists were unsure of how this process played out in the brain. […]

Live Science: Your gut remembers where you had a good meal

Your brain forms new memories all the time — and your gut might help that happen. The gut-brain connection is mostly known for its role in controlling the amount of food we eat, with the gut signaling to the brain when we’ve had enough. But a new study published June 5 in the journal Nature […]

The Health Site: This is how childhood stress impacts brain’s growth

In contrast, researchers of Radboud University concluded that stress experienced later in life leads to slower maturation of the adolescent brain. The researchers investigated two types of stressors – negative life events and negative influences from the social environment – in two life stages of their subjects: early childhood (0-5 years) and adolescence (14-17 years). […]

Forbes: How to make every day a ‘good brain day’

Ever wonder why some days you have bags of energy and feel super-productive, making decisions with ease and brimming over with creative ideas? And on others, you struggle to think with clarity and feel mentally and physically sluggish? Sometimes, you might be aware there’s an obvious reason: a bad cold or a hangover. But at […]

New Scientist: Your brain absolutely cannot resist doughnuts – here’s why

Doughnuts are particularly difficult to resist – and now we know why. A study of how our brains respond to food has found that treats that are high in both carbs and fats trigger a super-charged amount of activity in our brain’s reward centre. Dana Small at Yale University and colleagues scanned the brain activity […]