Brain Health

MIT News: Scope advance gives first look through all cortical layers of the awake brain

Just like doctors seek to scan deeper into the body with sonograms, CT, and MRI, and astronomers seek to look farther out into the universe with space-based telescopes, adaptive optics, and different wavelengths of light, neuroscientists pursue new ways to watch brain cells at work deep inside the brain. Three-photon microscopy recently emerged to give […]

CNN: Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain, study says

Big waist, small brain? If you’re too heavy, especially around your middle, you probably have shrunken gray matter volume in your brain, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. Gray matter contains most of your brain’s 100 billion nerve cells, while white matter is filled with nerve fibers that connect the brain […]

The New York Times: Train your brain like a memory champion

You slide the key into the door and hear a clunk as the tumblers engage. You rotate the key, twist the doorknob and walk inside. The house is familiar, but the contents foreign. At your left, there’s a map of Minnesota, dangling precariously from the wall. You’re certain it wasn’t there this morning. Below it, […]

News-Medical: Study finds correlation between perceived maternal stress and overweight children

Overweight is unhealthy. Yet more and more people in Germany are overweight, particularly children. As part of the LiNA mother-child study coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), researchers were able to identify mother’s perceived stress during the first year of the child’s life as a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy. […]

Futurity: How our gambling brains decide when to double down

The decision to “up the ante” even against long odds, or to be conservative, can result from an internal predisposition that those recent results form, the researchers report. That predisposition involves a “push-pull” dynamic between the brain’s two hemispheres, the team says. (January 8, 2019) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Different brain areas linked to smoking and drinking

Academics have found that low functional connectivity of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex that is associated with the tendency to smoke is associated with increased impulsiveness — which may contribute to the tendency to smoke. The high connectivity of the reward-related medial orbitofrontal cortex in drinkers may increase the tendency to be attracted to the reward […]

Science Daily: Human brain allocates attention based on known size of objects

A stop sign at an intersection appears to be larger than a parked car across the street. Is our brain playing tricks on us? Researchers have gained important insights into how the human brain processes information and allocates attention. Their study shows people pay attention to objects based on their real-world size, rather than how […]

TIME: These are the best ways to improve your memory

All day every day, your brain is bombarded with new information. Confronted with this tsunami of sensory and cerebral input, it’s no wonder much of it slips through your memory’s grasp. But if you feel like you’re forgetting more than you should—or if you just want to pump up your retention and recall—there are some […]

Medical Xpress: The most important hair on your head is on the inside

Cells along the brain’s cavities are equipped with tiny hair-like protrusions called cilia. Cilia are still poorly understood, but we know a few things about what can happen if they are not doing their job. People with ciliary defects can develop neurological conditions like hydrocephalus and scoliosis. (January 4, 2019) Read the full article here