Brain Research

Scientific American: Early life experience: It’s in your DNA

We normally think that every cell in our body contains the same genome, the complete set of genetic information that makes up the biological core of our individuality. However, there are exceptions where the body contains cells that are genetically different. This happens in cancers, of course, which arise when mutations create genetically distinct cells. […]

Big Think: Harvard study: Heat slows down the brain by 13%

A Harvard study of 44 students has confirmed what each and every one of us who has ever been an adult human has learned: summer heat doesn’t help you think. Half the students lived in a building with air conditioning, and half didn’t. They were all asked to take a cognitive assessment test on their […]

Science Blog: Lips take center stage in infants’ brains, study says

A typically developing 2-month-old baby can make cooing sounds, suck on her hand to calm down and smile at people. At that age, the mouth is the primary focus: Such young infants aren’t yet reaching for objects with their hands or using their feet to get around, so the lips – for eating, pacifying and […]

News-Medical: Study shows that no two people have the same brain anatomy

The fingerprint is unique in every individual: As no two fingerprints are the same, they have become the go-to method of identity verification for police, immigration authorities and smartphone producers alike. But what about the central switchboard inside our heads? Is it possible to find out who a brain belongs to from certain anatomical features? […]

Science Daily: What separates the strong from weak among connections in the brain

To work at all, the nervous system needs its cells, or neurons, to connect and converse in a language of electrical impulses and chemical neurotransmitters. For the brain to be able to learn and adapt, it needs the connections, called synapses, to be able to strengthen or weaken. A new study by neuroscientists at MIT’s […]

Parade: 5 things women need to know about stroke

You might think you’re too young to worry about stroke, but the data says otherwise. For women under age 45, stroke hospitalizations are up 30 percent, according to JAMA Neurology. We asked top neurologists what women need to know to protect themselves. (July 10, 2018) Read the full article here

Medical News Bulletin: Do mild concussions increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder in which the nervous system gradually deteriorates.  Although the disease affects individuals differently, early symptoms of Parkinson’s typically include hand tremors, slow movement, stiffness, diminished facial expression, and slurred speech. As the disease progresses, patients may experience body tremors, difficulty thinking, problems with swallowing, incontinence, generalized fatigue, interrupted sleep, and […]

Medical Xpress: Vitamin D no defence against dementia

New research from South Australian scientists has shown that vitamin D (also commonly known as the sunshine vitamin) is unlikely to protect individuals from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease or other brain-related disorders. The findings, released today in the science journal Nutritional Neuroscience reported that researchers had failed to find solid clinical evidence for […]

Scientific American: Brains of children with autism show unusual folding patterns

The brains of children with autism fold differently than those of their typical peers, two new studies suggest. But whether they are unusually smooth or convoluted depends on location and age. Certain regions of the brain’s outer layer, the cerebral cortex, are more intricately folded in school-age children and adolescents with autism than they are […]

Mental Floss: Why your brain sometimes hears sounds that don’t exist

In May 2018, the internet was abuzz with debate: Laurel or Yanny? Some listeners heard the former name in the viral audio clip, while others were convinced the voice was saying the latter. AsapSCIENCE’s latest video, spotted by Digg, helps explain how aural illusions work, and why hearing isn’t quite as cut-and-dried as you might […]