Brain Research

Health Day: Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide

Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. Of those patients, 26 had attempted suicide. Brain […]

Wired: Google Opens Its Cloud to Crack the Genetic Code of Autism

Google has spent the past decade-and-a-half perfecting the science of recognizing patterns in the chaos of information on the web. Now it’s applying that expertise to searching for clues to the genetic causes of autism in the vast sea of data contained in the human genome. On Tuesday, autism advocacy group Autism Speaks said it […]

Science Codex: Study links ADHD, conduct disorder with alcohol and tobacco use in young teens

A new study links ADHD and conduct disorder in young adolescents with increased alcohol and tobacco use. The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center study is among the first to assess such an association in this age group. Conduct disorder is a behavioral and emotional disorder marked by aggressive, destructive or deceitful behavior. The study is […]

Health Canal: Researchers Discover Link Between Continence and Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery

Researchers in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have discovered that the recovery of bowel and bladder continence by the time of discharge from inpatient rehabilitation can be used as an indicator of the potential for a favorable long-term functional recovery for severe traumatic brain injury patients. David S. Kushner, M.D., associate professor of […] Birdsong study reveals how brain uses timing during motor activity

Timing is key for brain cells controlling a complex motor activity like the singing of a bird, finds a new study published by PLOS Biology. “You can learn much more about what a bird is singing by looking at the timing of neurons firing in its brain than by looking at the rate that they […]

New Scientist: Personality affects math-enhancing brain-zap method

A recent surge of studies has shown that brain stimulation can make people more creative and better at math, and can even improve memory, but these studies tend to neglect individual differences. Now, Roi Cohen Kadosh at the University of Oxford and his colleagues have shown that brain stimulation can have completely opposite effects depending […]

Medical News Today: Evidence for ‘bilingual advantage’ may be less conclusive than previously thought

Study results that challenge the idea that bilingual speakers have a cognitive advantage are less likely to be published than those that support the bilingual-advantage theory, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. This research suggests that a publication bias in favor of positive results may […]

Care2: Mindfulness Meditation Physically Changes the Brain

While practitioners have long touted the emotional and physical benefits of meditation, a new study by Harvard-affiliated researchers has shown that the effects are in their mind – literally. While the study was small, the results support similar conclusions on the physical and mental effects of mindfulness meditation. It also provides a physical link to […]

Medical Xpress: Study sheds new light on the formation of emotional fear memories

Everyday events are easy to forget, but unpleasant ones can remain engraved in the brain. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences identifies a neural mechanism through which unpleasant experiences are translated into signals that trigger fear memories by changing neural connections in a part of the brain called […]