Psychology Today: How yoga and breathing help the brain unwind

Anyone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, or knows someone who has, will understand how the body’s energy is out of balance. We see this over short-time frames, hour-to-hour, day-to-day—with abrupt changes in mood, sudden anxiety, crashes in willpower and motivation, bursts of activity, and other difficulty reacting constructively to stresses—and over longer spans […]

Psych Central: The case for downtime

I’m scared of downtime. That’s right, relaxation is downright uncomfortable for me. Part of me craves it like every other human being. Yet as soon as it is here, I twitch. I pace the house. I don’t know what to do with my hands and my legs — even more importantly, my brain. (January 14, […]

Futurism: The human brain reconstructs memories in reverse order

Neurologically, our brains process the things we see by starting with the small and moving on to the big. If we see a dog, for example, we first notice the visual details (the brown fur and the wagging tail) and then put that information into some sort of context (we decide we’re looking at a […]

Medical News Today: How do our brains remember?

The way in which our brains retrieve memories is still quite poorly understood, and we often remember moments and events in a general fashion, without recalling exact details. Why is that?” We know that our memories are not exact replicas of the things we originally experienced,” says Juan Linde-Domingo, a researcher from the School of […]

Science Daily: Stroke drug may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have discovered that a drug currently being developed to treat stroke patients could also prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The study shows that the genetically engineered protein 3K3A-APC protects the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, reducing the buildup of toxic peptides and preventing memory loss. (January 15, 2019) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Social support key to good mental health after stroke: Study

Two-thirds of stroke survivors who live at home have good mental health, and social support plays an important role, researchers say. The new study included 300 stroke survivors, aged 50 and older, in Canada. Survivors living in long-term care facilities, who tend to have the most serious disabilities, were not included. (January 14, 2019) Read […]

Medical Xpress: Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

With a little help from HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” University of California, Irvine neurobiologists have uncovered a key component of how the human brain marks time. Using high-powered functional MRI on college students watching the popular TV show, they were able to capture the processes by which the brain stores information related to when events […]

Reuters: Just one or two experiences with marijuana may alter teen brains

Teens who use pot just one or two times may end up with changes to their brains, a new study finds. There were clear differences on brain scans between teens who said they had tried cannabis a couple of times and those who completely eschewed the drug, researchers reported in the Journal of Neuroscience. (January […]