Brain Health

U.S. News & World Report: Heart surgery won’t cause brain decline, new study says

Major heart surgery does not cause significant memory decline in older patients, a new study finds. Researchers found no greater risk for loss of brain function among patients who had heart surgery compared to those who had a much less invasive procedure called cardiac catheterization. (December 18, 2018) Read the full article here

Inverse: Best friends really do share brain waves, say scientists

Matching tattoos or BFF bracelets are so passé. If you’re really best friends with someone, scientists say you’ll have matching brain waves. Researchers came to this conclusion in January in an unprecedented study on the neural connections of people existing within a real social network. (December 17, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Communication between neural networks

The brain is organized into a network of specialized networks of nerve cells. For such a brain architecture to function, these specialized networks — each located in a different brain area — need to be able to communicate with each other. But which conditions are required for communication to take place and which control mechanisms […]

Health Day: Does diabetes damage brain health?

Diabetes has been tied to a number of complications such as kidney disease, but new research has found that older people with type 2 diabetes can also have more difficulties with thinking and memory. During a five-year study, participants with diabetes showed a decline in verbal memory and fluency. (December 14, 2018) Read the full […]

Scientific American: How the brain’s face code might unlock the mysteries of perception

Doris Tsao launched her career deciphering faces—but for a few weeks in September, she struggled to control the expression on her own. Tsao had just won a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award, an honour that comes with more than half a million dollars to use however the recipient wants. But she was sworn to secrecy—even when […]

Medical News Today: How brain waves enable creative thinking

Creativity often means taking the road less traveled. New research identifies the neural mechanism that enables us to come up with unexpected associations and original ideas.Scientists’ attempts at deciphering the neurological processes that explain creativity have recently zeroed in on the brain’s so-called alpha waves. (December 12, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: How bullying affects the structure of the teen brain

The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly victimized, and this could increase the chance that they suffer from mental illness. (December 12, 2018) Read the full article here

TIME: Your brain works against you when you argue with your significant other. Here’s how to fix that, according to an expert

First comes love, then comes marriage (or some modern equivalent), then comes the inevitable really stupid fight you keep having over who threw whom under the carriage last time you went over to that person’s place for that thing. Spats with your significant other—there are infinite varieties—are unavoidable. (December 12, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Neurons in the brain work as a team to guide movement of arms, hands

The apparent simplicity of picking up a cup of coffee or turning a doorknob belies the complex sequence of calculations and processes that the brain must undergo to identify the location of an item in space, move the arm and hand toward it, and shape the fingers to hold or manipulate the object. New research, […]