Science Magazine: Smarter AIs could help us understand how our brains interpret the world

While artificial intelligence (AI) has been busy trouncing humans at Go and spawning eerily personable Alexas, some neuroscientists have harbored a different hope: that the types of algorithms driving those technologies can also yield some insight into the squishy, wet computers in our skulls. At the Conference on Cognitive Computational Neuroscience here this month, researchers […]

Medical News Today: Eating fiber can delay brain aging

Fiber is a key element of a healthful diet. New research breaks down the mechanism by which it can delay age-related brain inflammation.If all the studies that urge people to consume a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for a healthy life haven’t convinced you yet to add more broccoli to your plate, […]

New York Times: For kids with concussions, less time alone in a dark room

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a major new guideline on diagnosing and managing head injuries in children on Sept. 4, the product of years of work and extensive evidence review by a large working group of specialists in fields ranging from emergency medicine and epidemiology to sports injuries to neurology and neurosurgery. […]

Digital Journal: Air pollution linked to cognitive decline

A new study has drawn a connection between levels of air pollution and cognitive decline. This is of a major societal concern, given that the majority of the world’s population live in areas that exceed WHO pollution recommendations.According to the World Health Organization, 91 percent of the world’s population lived in areas where pollution is […]

Futurity: These neurons could be key to fighting addiction

Researchers have discovered a correlation between the number of neurons that produce orexin—a chemical messenger important for sleep and appetite—and addiction, according to a new study with cocaine-addicted rats.Restoring the number of orexin neurons to normal, or blocking orexin signaling in the brain, made the rats no longer addicted, suggesting the increased orexin neurons is […]

Harvard Health: Blood pressure treatment might protect your brain

Aggressively treating high blood pressure might help ward off cognitive changes, according to findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in July. Researchers from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial compared two strategies to manage high blood pressure in more than 9,300 older adults (average age about 68). One strategy aims to achieve the […]

Psychology Today: Cognitive dissonance, willpower, and your brain

With the expanding knowledge of neuropsychology, what was previously speculation is now being confirmed through the use of imaging studies such as functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) to track brain changes while experimental subjects perform specific cognitive activities. For example, we now have fMRI evidence that the brain’s prefrontal cortex (PFC) is involved in decision-making. (September […]

BGR: Your brain is noise-cancelling

When you’re shopping for a new pair of headphones one of the best features to have is noise-cancelling technology. Drowning out the random noises around you lets you really sink into the music, or whatever else you’re listening to, but a new study suggests that the brain actually has some pretty fancy noise-cancelling power of […]