MIT News: Brain study finds circuits that may help you keep your cool

The big day has come: You are taking your road test to get your driver’s license. As you start your mom’s car with a stern-faced evaluator in the passenger seat, you know you’ll need to be alert but not so excited that you make mistakes. Even if you are simultaneously sleep-deprived and full of nervous […]

Yale Daily News: New brain model shows prediction potential

Though many health campaigns are designed for all patients, the last decade has seen a rise in personalized medicine. By examining specific features of individuals’ biological makeups, doctors have been able to more accurately prescribe effective treatments. (January 15, 2019) Read the full article here

Medical News Today: Safer sleeping pills keep brain alert to danger

Most sleeping pills are so strong that the sound of a fire alarm is unlikely to wake those who take them. However, a new study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, proposes a safer alternative to these drugs. One-third of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep on a regular […]

Quanta Magazine: The brain maps out ideas and memories like spaces

We humans have always experienced an odd — and oddly deep — connection between the mental worlds and physical worlds we inhabit, especially when it comes to memory. We’re good at remembering landmarks and settings, and if we give our memories a location for context, hanging on to them becomes easier. To remember long speeches, […]

The Epoch Times: Fitness affects stroke risk

Low fitness levels have long been tied to higher risk for heart problems. Now researchers say men’s cardiorespiratory fitness is tied to their risk for stroke as well. Researchers in Norway followed 2,014 middle-aged men for more than 20 years.Those who were unfit for the whole study period, or who started out fit but became […]

Spectrum: Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism are unusually consistent over seconds — and even years, two new studies suggest. One study shows that patterns of connectivity remain stable in autistic adolescents, whereas they tend to change and specialize in controls. The other study found that connections remain fixed longer in people with autism […]

The Denver Post: Detecting depression: Smartphone apps could monitor teen angst

Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? The idea has sparked a race to develop apps that warn of impending mental health crises. Call […]

Bustle: 6 ways seeing clutter changes your brain, according to science

We’ve all been there: a bedroom filled with piled-up clothes, books you’re definitely going to read one day, and four hundred socks, or a living room strewn with old tea cups and an apparently infinite number of magazines. Seeing clutter regularly is sometimes an unavoidable fact of life: people form attachments to their possessions for […]

Psych Central: Aging, bipolar disorder, and breakfast

I was recently sitting at a diner with my siblings. All of us have reached our fifties, and I had to laugh out loud when the conversation almost immediately turned to our ailments and our doctors’ appointments. I remember being younger and thinking that this was all that “old people” talked about. And there I […]