Brain Health

Forbes: Interactive brain map reveals word representation across 60,000 regions of cortex

Jack Gallant’s Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Lab at University of California, Berkeley, aims to make discoveries about how the brain represents the world – and itself – by discovering and organizing maps of cerebral cortex. Your brain’s cortex a surface of seven layers where almost all cell bodies and synapses are found. (February 22, […]

Medical Xpress: Separate brain systems cooperate during learning, study finds

A new study by Brown University researchers shows that two different brain systems work cooperatively as people learn. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on the interplay of two very different modes of learning a new task: reinforcement learning and working memory. (February 21, 2018) Read the full article […]

Science Daily: How the brain tells our limbs apart

Legs and arms perform very different functions. Our legs are responsible primarily for repetitive locomotion, like walking and running. Our arms and hands, by contrast, must be able to execute many highly specialized jobs — picking up a pen and writing, holding a fork, or playing the violin, just to name three. (February 21, 2018) […]

Medical News Today: Music makes us enjoy exercise more, finds brain study

Hate going to the gym? A new study may have found a way to make exercise more fun: put on your favorite tune. Researchers reveal that while listening to music during a workout doesn’t increase focus on the task at hand, it does make exercise much more enjoyable. (February 21, 2018) Read the full article […]

The Health Site: Revealed β€” how human brain got bigger over the years!

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos, and we have the gradual increase in brain size of our ancestors over the past three million years to thank for that, a new study says. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal […]

Medical News Today: Fathers, your stress could affect your child’s brain

During his lifetime, a father’s experience of stress can alter his sperm in ways that impact the development of his offspring β€” including their brains and how they themselves respond to stress. A study that was presented recently at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, held in Austin, […]

News-Medical: Brain’s quality control process holds clues to obesity’s roots

Deep in the middle of our heads lies a tiny nub of nerve cells that play a key role in how hungry we feel, how much we eat, and how much weight we gain. Around the clock, they produce a “grandfather” form of several hormones that help us regulate these crucial functions. (February 20, 2018) […]

MIT News: Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

It’s intuitive that anesthesia operates in the brain, but the standard protocol among anesthesiologists when monitoring and dosing patients during surgery is to rely on indirect signs of arousal such as movement, and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Through research in brain science and statistical modeling, Emery N. Brown, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts […]