Brain Research

Medical News Today: How coffee protects the brain

Scientists have now proved that drinking certain types of coffee can be beneficial to brain health, but how does this popular brew support cognitive function? A new study identifies some of the mechanisms that allow coffee to keep mental decline at bay.According to data from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, […]

Science News: Loneliness is bad for brains

Mice yanked out of their community and held in solitary isolation show signs of brain damage. After a month of being alone, the mice had smaller nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. Other brain changes followed, scientists reported at a news briefing November 4 at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. […]

Medical Xpress: New research shows symptom improvement after concussion in children varies

Age and sex must be taken into consideration when looking at children’s recovery after a concussion, say researchers at the CHEO Research Institute. In a new article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, authors describe how the common symptoms following concussion improve by both age and sex over time. In “Natural […]

UPI: Specific gene variant linked to severe symptoms of CTE

Researchers have identified a specific and common variant of a gene that plays a role in the severity of chronic traumatic encephalopathy based on a study of 86 brains of football players. The findings, which were published Saturday in Acta Neuropathologica Communications, could explain why similar levels of head trauma can cause some of them […]

Newsmax: Simple eating plan reduces risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s

One diet is being praised by leading health experts as an effective tool in battling the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. That diet is the keto diet and experts say it even helps improve brain health, crucial to the fight against Alzheimer’s. The keto diet is a high fat, low carb eating program […]

Science Daily: Disrupted circadian rhythms may drive anxiety and exacerbate brain disorders

Sleep disruptions are associated with many brain disorders, including anxiety, dementias, and traumatic brain injury. While these disruptions are sometimes viewed as a side effect of brain disorders, new findings suggest that aberrant sleep-wake cycles can also drive brain pathology. The studies were presented at Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience […]

Ladders: A new way to read/listen to books based on brain science

The goal is to become the best thinker possible, and to become creative, imaginative, and innovative. If you’re not becoming more fluid and adaptive, then you’re becoming increasingly irrelevant.In 1986, Dr. Sinah Goode and Dr. Richard A. Magill published a study called, “Contextual interference effects in learning three badminton serves.” (November 6, 2018) Read the […]

Psychology Today: Visual distraction may disrupt your sense of smell

You probably don’t think you do much with your sense of smell, but your ability to detect odors and to use information about what you smell is pretty remarkable. Your sense of smell provides you with information about the food you are eating, the environment you are in, and the people you are meeting. (November […]

Reuters: Poor sleep linked to longer concussion recovery in kids

Getting a good sleep each night after a sports-related concussion might be linked to a shorter recovery time in adolescents, new research suggests. Young athletes who slept well after a concussion were more likely to recover within two weeks, while those who slept poorly were more likely to endure symptoms for 30 days or more, […]