Brain Health

Science Daily: The link between obesity, the brain, and genetics

Clinicians should consider how the way we think can make us vulnerable to obesity, and how obesity is genetically intertwined with brain structure and mental performance, according to new research.The study, led by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on […]

Medical News Today: The brain uses its ‘autocorrect’ feature to make out sounds

New research has zoomed in on the brain’s speech recognition abilities, uncovering the mechanism through which the brain discerns between ambiguous sounds.”Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit […]

Science Daily: Why the effects of a boozy binge could last longer than you think

The effects of a heavy drinking session on our thoughts and performance may last longer we think, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Addiction from psychologists at the University of Bath, highlight that impairments in cognition seen when individuals are drunk are still present the day after, when there little […]

Science Magazine: Mysterious new brain cell found in people

In a mysterious addition to the brain’s family of cells, researchers have discovered a new kind of neuron—a dense, bushy bundle (above) that is present in people but seems to be missing in mice. These “rosehip neurons,” were found in the uppermost layer of the cortex, which is home to many different types of neurons […]

Medical Xpress: A new map of the brain’s serotonin system

As Liqun Luo was writing his introductory textbook on neuroscience in 2012, he found himself in a quandary. He needed to include a section about a vital system in the brain controlled by the chemical messenger serotonin, which has been implicated in everything from mood to movement regulation. But the research was still far from […]

Medical News Today: How fatty diets stop the brain from saying ‘no’ to food

People with obesity often encounter difficulties when it comes to regulating their eating habits, since their bodies no longer know when they are and are not hungry. Researchers ask why this happens. How does a high-fat diet impair the brain’s ability to send out the ‘stop eating’ signal? How do we know when to eat, […]

Science Daily: Watching neurons in action

Our brain cells control every aspect of our lives — from the movements we make to the memories we form. But capturing the activity of neurons in the form of electric impulses isn’t easy. Information processing happens on different time scales and involves quick changes in voltage, ion concentrations and many different signaling molecules. In […]

Medical Xpress: Do persistent babies make for successful adults?

If you parent a child, teach a child, or heck, even know a child, chances are you’ve heard that grit will make that young person a happier and more successful adult. Grit, the combination of pluck and perseverance has become the theme of articles and books, and is instilled just as much as it’s gained […]

Gizmodo: Your brain tries to change focus four times per second, study finds

By the time you’re finished reading this sentence, your brain will have rapidly assessed your surroundings 14 times to see if you should focus on something else. At least, that’s what new research suggests. This is a departure from the way we typically think our brains hold attention—neuroscientists have suggested that neurons fire in a […]

USA Today: The decoy effect: Why your brain chooses what you don’t really want

Picture this: You’re at the movie theater concession stand loading up on snacks. You have a choice of a small, medium or large soda. The small is $3.50 and the large is $5.50. It’s a tough decision: The small size may not last you through the whole movie, but $5.50 for some sugar and carbonation […]