Brain Research

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 […]

Newswise: Neuroscientists Use Snail Research to Help Explain “Chemo Brain”

It is estimated that as many as half of patients taking cancer drugs experience a decrease in mental sharpness. While there have been many theories, what causes “chemo brain” has eluded scientists. In an effort to solve this mystery, neuroscientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) conducted an experiment in […]

Medical Xpress: Sport Can Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

A study developed at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (Spain) has preliminarily concluded that people with multiple sclerosis may reduce perceived fatigue and increase mobility through a series of combined strength training and fitness exercises. The research, supervised by Professor Raúl Reina, aimed to analyze the effects of strength training on the fatigue that […]

Reuters: Don’t Worry: Neuroticism Linked to Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

Anxious, jealous, moody, distressed women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life than their calmer and less stressed-out counterparts, suggests a new study. Women who scored highest on a test for neuroticism in mid-life were twice as likely to go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, compared to women with the lowest neuroticism […]

Medical Xpress: How Curiosity Changes the Brain to Enhance Learning

The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to learn information about that topic. New research publishing online October 2 in the Cell Press journal Neuron provides insights into what happens in our brains when curiosity is piqued. The findings could help scientists find ways to enhance overall learning and memory in both […]