Brain Research

CNN: How your next meal could help fight depression and stress

Do you find that food deeply affects your mood? Science is beginning to back up such gut feelings. The link between poor diet and mood disorders has been long known, but what has been less clear is the direction of causality. When we’re depressed, we tend to reach for lower-quality comfort foods, but can more […]

Scientific American: Brain’s “brakes” suppress unwanted thoughts

Everyone has unwelcome thoughts from time to time. But such intrusions can signal serious psychiatric conditions—from “flashbacks” in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to obsessive negative thinking in depression to hallucinations in schizophrenia. “These are some of the most debilitating symptoms,” says neuroscientist Michael Anderson of the University of Cambridge. (March 20, 2018) Read the full […]

Fortune: Here are six ways to keep your brain healthy

The brain is a mysterious thing. Its complexity has dogged researchers and the drug industry for decades, and its devastating diseases—Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS—largely elude effective treatment. While much remains mysterious about diseases, Rudy Tanzi, Vice Chair of Neurology and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, said we know more […]

CBS News: How busy hands can alter our brain chemistry

Are you the kind of person who actually likes washing dishes? How about folding laundry? Yardwork? What all these have in common, of course, is they occupy our hands. And as it turns out, some researchers think that may be key to making our brains very happy. (March 18, 2018) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Research suggests possible link between heading a soccer ball and brain imbalance

New behavioral neuroscience research suggests there’s likely a connection between heading the ball in soccer and brain imbalance. Lucas Casten ’18 and Cornell College Professor of Psychology Steve Neese recently concluded a study looking at eight soccer players. The athletes voluntarily kept track of how many times they hit the soccer ball with their head […]

Reuters: Mobile application detecting atrial fibrillation reduces the risk of stroke

Most U.S. adults have poor cardiovascular health, and more people are at risk for heart attacks and strokes today than was true a generation ago, a U.S. study suggests. While black adults no longer lag behind white people in cardiovascular health as much as they once did, this is because of worsening health among white […]

Medical Daily: Music as medicine: Potential cure for PTSD in military, ADHD

Perhaps, you’ve found that exercising or cleaning the house is much easier when listening to catchy pop music? Or maybe the quality of reading and writing is higher when you have an orchestral instrumental playing in the background? It does appear to many of us that a certain soundtrack can ease the task at hand. […]

Medical Xpress: Brain SPECT imaging predicts outcomes in depressed patients

New research from the Amen Clinics shows that brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging, a study that measures blood flow and activity patterns, identifies who is likely to get better from depression and who is not. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, because depression is a highly treatable risk […]