Brain Health

Health Imaging: MRI study offers insights into infant brain structure

There is relatively little understood about infant brain development. A team of Finnish researchers sought to explore the brain structures of newborns in a new study published in Brain Structure & Function. MRI was used to scan 68 Finnish babies aged two to five weeks old. The team analyzed the association of age and sex […]

Science Daily: The ‘best prospect’ for ensuring success in demanding roles

Building on their past work, researchers discovered that Special Operations Forces who participated in a month-long mindfulness course could improve their attention and working memory. These are both mental capacities necessary to tone down emotional reactivity and boost problem solving skills. (December 3, 2018) Read the full article here

Earth: How do our brains shift to understand and pay attention to language

The human brain reacts differently to sounds of understandable language than it does to white noise, non-speech sounds, and different languages. But this is old news to neuroscientists. However, what neuroscientists didn’t know up until recently was how quickly the brain shifts to pay attention, process, and understand familiar language sounds. (November 30, 2018) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Bigger brains are smarter, but not by much

The English idiom “highbrow,” derived from a physical description of a skull barely able to contain the brain inside of it, comes from a long-held belief in the existence of a link between brain size and intelligence. For more than 200 years, scientists have looked for such an association. (November 30, 2018) Read the full […]

Scientific American: Do brain waves conduct neural activity like a symphony?

In the textbook explanation for how information is encoded in the brain, neurons fire a rapid burst of electrical signals in response to inputs from the senses or other stimulation. The brain responds to a light turning on in a dark room with the short bursts of nerve impulses, called spikes. Each close grouping of […]

Vox: Is our constant use of digital technologies affecting our brain health? We asked 11 experts

With so many of us now constantly tethered to digital technology via our smartphones, computers, tablets, and even watches, there is a huge experiment underway that we didn’t exactly sign up for. Companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, even Vox (if we’re being completely honest) are competing for our attention, and they’re doing so savvily, […]

Medical News Today: Brain health: Low-protein, high-carb diet just as good as low-calorie diet

New research, published in the journal Cell Reports, suggests that a low-protein, high-carb diet may be an easier alternative to calorie restriction for people looking to preserve brain health and prevent cognitive decline. As the world’s population ages, protecting against cognitive decline is becoming increasingly important. (November 23, 2018) Read the full article here

Science Daily: Why small size matters: Tiny mitochondria stimulate brain cell connections

Columbia neuroscientists have discovered why mitochondria, tiny power generators that keep our cells healthy, are often strangely shaped inside the brain. Mitochondria, which exist by the thousands in each of our body’s 37 trillion cells, usually look like long interconnected tubes. But inside brain cells called neurons, they adopt two completely different shapes depending on […]

New Atlas: Newly discovered region of the brain could be part of what makes us unique

Michio Kaku calls the brain “the most complicated object in the known universe.” So, despite plenty of study, maybe it’s not a total surprise that we’re still finding new parts of it. After decades of mapping the brains of humans and other mammals, and publishing a multitude of books and journal articles on the subject, […]