New Atlas: Study finds too much social media is making us feel lonely and depressed

An interesting new experimental study from the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated the first causal connection between social media use and feelings of depression and loneliness. The research claims that decreasing one’s social media use can lead to significant improvements in personal well-being. (November 12, 2018) Read the full article here

Psychology Today: Combatting depression and anxiety in sports

Madison Holleran was a star freshman track athlete at the University of Pennsylvania. She seemingly had it all. On the night of January 17, 2014, Madison leapt over the ninth-floor railing of a parking garage in downtown Philadelphia, taking her own life, and leaving friends and family with more questions than answers. (November 14, 2018) […]

NBC News: Too fidgety to meditate? Tap into a ‘state of flow’ instead

Have you ever been so engrossed in an activity that you forget the time, ignore distractions and feel both calm as well as challenged? Perhaps you were playing a sport, practicing an instrument, crafting or even cooking. It’s called the “state of flow,” a psychology term popularized by psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura and […]

Medical News Today: Cannabis and the brain: Recent studies shed new light

Recent research sheds new light on the effects of cannabis on the brain. It reveals a complex pattern of potential harms and benefits that varies with age and disease. The findings came from a number of studies that featured at the 2018 annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego, CA. (November […]

Science Alert: Our brains could actually have bacteria living inside, new evidence suggests

The microbes that inhabit the human gut are thought to be responsible for many things, affecting our health, our genes, and even our emotions. Scientists are continually making new discoveries about the scale and influence of the human microbiome, but the latest evidence is particularly startling: this thriving bacterial kingdom might not be alone, but […]

MD Magazine: Atrial fibrillation more closely associated with brain injury

Brain injury—and, as a result, neurodegenerative cognitive decline—could be closely associated with instances of atrial fibrillation (AF). In a new study presented at the 2018 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago, IL, this week, investigators from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, led by Oxana S. Galenko, PhD, assessed […]

U.S. News & World Report: Concussion tied to suicide risk

People who have experienced either a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury are twice as likely to commit suicide than others, a new review suggests. The analysis also indicates that men and women who have had a concussion are also more likely to consider or attempt suicide. The investigators stressed that the absolute risk […]

News-Medical: Study identifies unique functional brain networks associated with ASD behaviors in infancy

A study in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging examines the neural signatures of restricted and repetitive behaviors in infancy. A new study has identified unique functional brain networks associated with characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 12- and 24-month old children at risk for developing ASD. The study is published in Biological […]

Science Daily: New insights into the aging brain

The protein klotho has been shown to promote longevity and counteract aging-related impairments. Having more klotho seems to allow for longer and healthier lives, whereas a depletion of this molecule accelerates aging and may contribute to age-related diseases. Curiously, within the brain, one structure contains vastly higher levels of klotho than all the others. (November […]

Science Trends: How do you rapidly feed a hungry brain?

The remarkable computing capacity of the brain has roots in the structural and functional design features of neurons, glia and the circuits they form. Electrical properties, geometrical details, and biochemical constituents endemic to diverse cell types all contribute to effective biological computations. Energy management equally underlies efficiency; the human brain operates with less wattage than […]