Brain Health

Live Science: Your brain contains magnetic particles, and scientists want to know why

In a remote forest laboratory in Germany, free from the widespread pollution found in cities, scientists are studying slices of human brains. The lab’s isolated location, 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Munich, gives the researchers the opportunity to examine a bizarre quirk of the brain: the presence of magnetic particles deep within the organ’s tissues. […]

Medical Xpress: A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

A space-exploring robot crashes on a distant planet. In order to gather the pieces of its damaged spaceship, it needs to build emotional rapport with the local alien inhabitants. The aliens speak a different language but their facial expressions are remarkably humanlike. This fantastical scenario is the premise of a video game developed for middle […]

Chron: Feeding the brain: Good nutrition starts at home

In a recent article published by Harvard Medical School’s health blog titled Nutritional Psychiatry: Your Brain on Food (2018), Dr. Eva Selhub wrote that the brain is not unlike an expensive car, functioning best when it gets premium fuel — high-quality foods that contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However, also like a luxury […]

Science Daily: Stress makes people better at processing bad news

The Wellcome-funded research, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that a known tendency of people to take more notice of good news than bad news — the optimism bias — disappears when people feel threatened. “Generally, people are quite optimistic — we ignore the bad and embrace the good. And this is indeed what […]

Science Daily: Learning while sleeping?

Led by Philippe Peigneux, ULB Neuroscience Institute, a group of researchers found that our learning capabilities are limited during slow wave sleep. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), they showed that while our brain is still able to perceive sounds during sleep, it is unable to group these sounds according to their organisation in a sequence. (August 6, […]

Medical News Bulletin: Can your relationship status change your brain’s structure?

The average human brain is composed of over 100 billion neurons, each of which integrates electrochemical signals from across the body to generate thoughts, emotions, and memory. But while physical changes to the human brain can alter our feelings and behaviour, so too can our feelings and behaviour shape the structure of our brains. (August […]

Medical Xpress: Building a better brain

Like a team in a science fiction movie, the six-lab squad funded by a 2017 MEDx Biomedical research grant is striking in its combination of diverse skills and duties. The project is led by Kafui Dzirasa, MD’09, Ph.D.’07, HS’10-’16, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and assistant professor in neurobiology and neurosurgery; and Nenad […]

The Health Site: Want healthy brain for your baby? Try these out

Even before your little bundle of joy steps out of your womb, would be moms are found to worry about providing the best brain and body development to the tiny one. There’s no point getting anxious. All you need to know are certain tips that will prepare you to deal with your baby’s brain the […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers study how cues drive our behavior

Do dopamine neurons have a role in causing cues in our environment to acquire value? And, if so, do different groups of dopamine neurons serve different functions within this process? Those are the questions researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School are looking to answer. Recent research published in Nature Neuroscience by University of […]