Brain Research

Spectrum: Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism are unusually consistent over seconds — and even years, two new studies suggest. One study shows that patterns of connectivity remain stable in autistic adolescents, whereas they tend to change and specialize in controls. The other study found that connections remain fixed longer in people with autism […]

The Denver Post: Detecting depression: Smartphone apps could monitor teen angst

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call […]

Bustle: 6 ways seeing clutter changes your brain, according to science

We’ve all been there: a bedroom filled with piled-up clothes, books you’re definitely going to read one day, and four hundred socks, or a living room strewn with old tea cups and an apparently infinite number of magazines. Seeing clutter regularly is sometimes an unavoidable fact of life: people form attachments to their possessions for […]

Psych Central: Aging, bipolar disorder, and breakfast

I was recently sitting at a diner with my siblings. All of us have reached our fifties, and I had to laugh out loud when the conversation almost immediately turned to our ailments and our doctors’ appointments. I remember being younger and thinking that this was all that “old people” talked about. And there I […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers track the birth of memories

How and when the ability to form and store memories arises are topics of great interest to neuroscientists. Now Yale researchers have identified three distinct stages in brain development that occur before episodic memories can form.Yale scientists measured brain activity in the hippocampus of newborn rats and found at the beginning of third week of […]

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 […]

Health Day: Stroke, heart events can sideline you from work

After having a stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest, people are less likely to be employed than their healthy peers, new research shows. Even if they are working, they may earn significantly less than people who haven’t had a stroke or heart event, the investigators found. Although the majority of people who have one of […]

Futurity: Bad sleep in older adults may signal Alzheimer’s disease

Elevated tau, a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, links to brain damage and cognitive decline. Poor sleep is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. People with the disease tend to wake up tired and worsening memory loss make nights even less refreshing. But how and why restless nights are linked to Alzheimer’s disease is not fully understood. […]

Science News: Nerve cells from people with autism grow unusually big and fast

Young nerve cells derived from people with autism are precocious, growing bigger and developing sooner than cells taken from people without autism, a new study shows. The results, described January 7 in Nature Neuroscience, hint that in some cases nerve cells veer off course early in brain development to ultimately cause the disorder. (January 11, […]