Brain Health

Science Daily: Machine-learning system processes sounds like humans do

Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre. This type of model can shed light on how the human brain may be performing the same tasks. (April 19, 2018) Read the full article […]

Medical Xpress: Research reveals stronger people have healthier brains

A study of nearly half a million people has revealed that muscular strength, measured by handgrip, is an indication of how healthy our brains are. Dr. Joseph Firth, an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester and Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University, crunched the numbers using UK Biobank […]

NPR: How people learned to recognize monkey calls reveals how we all make sense of sound

The words “dog” and “fog” sound pretty similar. Yet even a preschooler knows whether you’re talking about a puppy or the weather. Now scientists at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., have identified a two-step process that helps our brains learn to first recognize, then categorize new sounds even when the differences are subtle. […]

Science Daily: Brain networks: Keeping the excitement under control

Scientists are using advanced techniques to monitor the activity of networks of single sensory neurons in the brain. By listening in on hundreds of conversations, the scientists have discovered how a single signal from one cell manages to attract attention. (April 18, 2018) Read the full article here

UPI: Miniature human brain implants survive, grow inside mice for months

Miniature human brains, or human brain organoids, can survive and grow after being implanted in the skulls of mice. It’s the first time human cerebral organoids have been installed inside another species. Researchers describe the breakthrough in a new paper published Monday in the journal Nature Biotechnology. (April 16, 2018) Read the full article here

The New York Times: You share everything with your bestie. Even your brain waves

Researchers have long known that people choose friends who are much like themselves in a wide array of characteristics: of a similar age, race, religion, socioeconomic status, educational level, political leaning, pulchritude rating, even handgrip strength. The impulse toward homophily, toward bonding with others who are the least other possible, is found among traditional hunter-gatherer […]

Medical News Today: Could your fitness boost your kids’ brain power?

In a paper published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the University Medical Center Göttingen, also in Germany, explain how they came to this conclusion after studying mice. They found that exposure to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise not only increased learning ability in […]

Bel Marra Health: Do this one thing for a healthy heart and brain

With temperatures on the rise and the grass looking greener, it’s the perfect time of year to head outdoors. Not only to see spring in bloom but to protect your heart and mind. It is well documented that walking is a beneficial exercise when it comes to heart health and maintaining memory. (April 12, 2018) […]

News-Medical: Reducing sedentary behavior may be possible target to improve brain health

Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults. Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Researchers at UCLA wanted to see […]