Brain Research

Scientific American: Meds Trump Therapy Recommendation for Treating ADHD

When it comes to treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a lot of kids are getting the meds they need—but they may be missing out on other treatments. Despite clinical guidelines that urge that behavioral therapy always be used alongside medication, less than half of the children with ADHD received therapy as part of treatment in […]

Quartz: The best person for your next hire might be an autistic person

Microsoft has announced its intention to hire more autistic people—not as a charitable enterprise but because, as corporate vice-president Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft.” Employing autistic people makes good business sense. Microsoft is not the only firm to reach this conclusion. More and more companies are […]

Medical Xpress: Living life in the third person

Imagine living a healthy, normal life without the ability to re-experience in your mind personal events from your past. You have learned details about past episodes from your life and can recite these to family and friends, but you can’t mentally travel back in time to imagine yourself in any of them. Cognitive scientists from […]

Medical Xpress: Babies feel pain ‘like adults’

The brains of babies ‘light up’ in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults. The study looked at 10 healthy infants aged between one and six days old and 10 healthy […]

Medical Xpress: Brain: A ‘cingular’ strategy for attack and defense

We often make quick strategic decisions to attack an opponent or defend our position, yet how we make them is not well understood. Now, researchers at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan have pinpointed specific brain regions related to this process by examining neural activity in people playing shogi, a Japanese form of chess. […]

Medical Xpress: Listen to your heart: Why your brain may give away how well you know yourself

In research published today in the journal Cerebral Cortex, a team of scientists led by the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, studied not only whether volunteers could be trained to follow their heartbeat, but whether it was possible to identify from brain activity how good […]

Medical News Today: Genetic clues to brighter brains past the age of 45

Quick-thinking agility in middle and later life was put to the test and linked to an area of our genetic material near a gene the authors say has already been linked to autism and personality. The study concludes: “Our findings suggest that genetic variation in the CADM2 gene is associated with individual differences in information […]

Medical Xpress: Successful long-term learning happens after sleeping on the new material

Researchers from Royal Holloway, University of London have found that successful long-term learning happens after classroom teaching, after the learners have slept on the new material. Academics from the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway taught a group of people new words from a fictional language, which unknown to them, was characterised by a rule […]

Medical Xpress: Scientists discover key factor in brain cancer resistance

Researchers at the NFCR Center for Cancer System Informatics at MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered a key factor that may explain drug resistance in glioblastoma (GBM), the most common and deadliest form of brain cancer. GBM accounts for 17% of all brain tumors, and over 10,000 new cases of GBM are diagnosed in the […]