Brain Research

Forbes: Why Is Innovation So Hard?

What business today does not want to be more innovative? In business parlance, “innovation” has reached a glorified position-like “customer centricity,” it is deemed to be a strategic necessity. But it is hard to define. It means different things to different people. Innovation exists along a continuum, from material improvements to existing products or processes […]

Science Daily: Declining Intelligence In Old Age Linked To Visual Processing

Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age. Age-related declines in intelligence are strongly related to declines on a very simple task of visual perception speed, the researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on August 4. (August 4, […] VA Reform Bill Saves Program For Vets With TBI

President Barack Obama on Thursday will sign into law landmark reform of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, but the stroke of his executive pen will also save an unrelated effort to rehabilitate veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The massive $16.3-billion VA overhaul passed by Congress last week included a measure sponsored by Sens. Cory […]

News Medical: Acupuncture At Waiguan Can Activate Several Brain Regions In Patients With Ischemic Stroke

Both acupuncture at Waiguan (SJ5) and sham acupuncture can activate/deactivate several brain regions in patients with ischemic stroke, but there are some differences in Brodmann areas. Most studies addressing the specificity of meridians and acupuncture points have focused mainly on the different neural effects of acupuncture at different points in healthy individuals. (August 5, 2014) […]

Medical Xpress: Study Links GI Symptoms And Autism In Children

Five-year-old Veer Patel was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in October 2010. Typical of children “on the spectrum,” he manages best with a rigid, unchanging daily routine. Unfortunately, his bowel functions are unpredictable, and he is frequently constipated-conditions that arose some time after his ASD diagnosis. He is not alone. Historically, the medical research […]

Science Daily: Potential New Predictor Of Stress-Related Illnesses Found

Scientists studying depression in teens have discovered that subtle changes in a gene can predict how the brain reacts to stress, which can cause such health issues as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obesity. The research, published Aug. 2 in the journal Nature, focuses on two longitudinal studies led by Douglas E. Williamson, Ph.D., from […]

Medical Xpress: Computer Games May Ease Elderly Depression, Study Finds

Brain-boosting computer games may be as effective as drugs in treating severe depression in some elderly people-perhaps even better, according to trial results published on Tuesday. A group of 60-to-89-year-olds, for whom anti-depressants had not worked, perked up after four weeks of playing computer games that had been developed to improve brain fitness, scientists wrote […] The Neuroscience Behind Motivation

Strengthening your positive emotions and weakening your negative ones can have huge benefits for performance. Here’s why. The most recent newsletter from management coach Jon Pratlett explains that, when you encounter a difficult situation, your brain reacts differently when you say “I am…” as opposed to “I feel…” “Research suggests that when our brain’s fight/flight […]

New York Times: Three Myths About The Brain

Myths about the brain typically arise in this fashion: An intriguing experimental result generates a plausible if speculative interpretation (a small part of the lobe seems sufficient) that is later overextended or distorted (we use only 10 percent of our brain). The caricature ultimately infiltrates pop culture and takes on a life of its own, […]

New York Magazine: This Is Your Brain On Punishment

How and why humans punish is a fascinating behavioral question, and a vital one in as punishment-happy a society as the United States. Even though we tend to see punishment as meted out by the state, it’s the result of individual choices – whether it’s jurors deciding to convict someone or voters voting for tough-on-crime […]