Brain Health

Medical Xpress: Single neuron consciousness in the binocular brain

In contrast to unpaired organs like the heart, liver or appendix, the brain is recognizable as a roughly symmetrical organ. Consciousness is a seemingly unpaired phenomenon created by this paired organ. One way to explore consciousness is to force it to choose between two paired stimuli in a binocular rivalry experiment. (June 7, 2018) Read […]

Live Science: Blood cells can transform into brain cells, new study shows

Unless you’re a werewolf or a superhero, you can’t easily transform into something you’re not — but your cells can. Scientists recently found a way to convert an immune-system cell into a neuron — two cells with totally different shapes and very different functions. The hope is that the technique could help researchers study a […]

Health 24: Can eating apples, bananas make your brain bigger?

You go to the gym to make your muscles bigger, but what if you want to bulk up your brain to help you stay sharp? New research suggests you might want to head to the produce aisle.. “Adhering to an overall healthy diet supports brain health and might be a suitable preventive strategy to maintain […]

News-Medical: Brain mechanism gives people confidence that what they see is real

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have uncovered a mechanism involved in visual awareness that gives people confidence that what they see is real. The scientists found that two brain regions work together to produce this visual confidence. The phenomenon the researchers observed is as a form of metacognition, which is broadly defined as […]

Medical Xpress: Functional MRI reveals memory in sleeping toddlers

Our ability to remember past events develops rapidly in the first couple of years of life, but it’s not clear exactly how this happens. Researchers at the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California, Davis have now been able to carry out functional MRI brain scans of sleeping toddlers, and show for […]

Newsweek: Did human brains evolve from neurons in our colon?

We have brain cells in a very unexpected place in our bodies, our digestive tract. Known as the enteric nervous system, these neurons are commonly referred to as our ‘second brain’, but a new study from Australia suggests these neurons may actually be the very ‘first brain’ that our mammalian ancestors evolved. For the new […]

Medical Xpress: Serotonin and confidence underlie patience in new study

People usually have the ability to put aside the desire for immediate gratification in anticipation of something good. But this isn’t just a human trait—a new study shows that mice can be patient, too, revealing a link between the brain’s chemical system and the mice’s belief about how waiting will pay off. (June 1, 2018) […]