Brain Research

NPR: Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Do you remember the summer when you first fell in love? The songs that were playing on the radio, butterflies in the stomach, the excitement of a stolen kiss? The tendency of our brains to especially hold onto memories from the teenage years is called the “reminiscence bump.” It’s one of the many distincticve characteristics […]

CBS Miami: The Concussion Pill Is Coming

More than 20,000 retired professional football players with marquis names such as Jim McMahon and Andre Reed, are trying to forced the NFL to pay nearly $1-billion dollars for failing to warn them about the effects of long-term brain injury caused by concussions. Now in Texas, where football is king, comes word of a pill that’s […]

MedScape: Novel Intervention May Reverse Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

A novel, comprehensive lifestyle intervention has shown promise in reversing memory loss related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), preliminary research suggests. According to investigators, this novel intervention is aimed at “tweaking” the network of imbalances in the brain that contribute to cognitive decline. “We’ve been studying the underlying mechanisms of neurodegeneration in the test tube and […]

PBS: Glimmers of Hope Before an Alzheimer’s Epidemic

In the war against aging, Alzheimer’s disease is one of our biggest foes. But while we seem to be losing the battle, we may finally have found some chinks in its armor. The most common form of dementia already affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans and 45 million others worldwide, and these numbers are projected […]

Medical Xpress: Zapping the Brain With Tiny Magnetic Pulses Improves Memory

The practice of physically stimulating the brain in order to alleviate symptoms of illness and injury has been around since the early 20th century. For example, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is still used to alleviate symptoms of depression. However, perhaps in part due to negative connotations associated with ECT, in modern medicine treatment of psychological disorders […]

U.S. News & World Report: Human Brain’s Cerebellum Evolved at Surprising Speed, Study Finds

The size of the cerebellum in the brains of apes and humans grew six times faster during evolution than previously believed, researchers report. The findings suggest that technical intelligence was at least as important as social intelligence in the development of human thinking and reasoning abilities, according to the authors of the study published Oct. […]

Medical Xpress: Strong Working Memory Puts Brakes on Problematic Drug Use

Adolescents with strong working memory are better equipped to escape early drug experimentation without progressing into substance abuse issues, says a University of Oregon researcher. Most important in the picture is executive attention, a component of working memory that involves a person’s ability to focus on a task and ignore distractions while processing relevant goal-oriented […]

Huffington Post: 3 More Ways to Use Neuroscience to Improve Your Productivity

Results are the product of behaviors. Nothing ground-breaking in that. However, we also know that people’s internal and external environments cause behaviors. This is where things get interesting because most organizations are grossly under-utilizing the tools and approaches that will improve their results. Last month, I shared with you “3 Ways Neuroscience Could Be Used […]

News Medical: LA BioMed Researchers Report That THC May Help Protect the Brain of Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Surveying patients with traumatic brain injuries, a group of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) researchers reported today that they found those who tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, were more likely to survive than those who tested negative for the illicit substance. The findings, published in the October edition of The American Surgeon, […]

Medical News Today: ‘Mini-Strokes’ Lead to PTSD and Other Psychiatric Disorders

Transient ischemic attacks are commonly referred to as “mini-strokes,” but this does not make them any less serious than major strokes. In fact, a recent study has found that around 30% of patients who have transient ischemic attacks go on to develop the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “We found 1 in 3 TIA […]