Big Think: Does acupuncture work by re-mapping the brain?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. It was developed at a time bereft of tools such as genetic testing or even a modern understanding of anatomy, so medical philosophers did the best they could with what was available – herbs, animal products and rudimentary needles. […]

Medical Xpress: Learning during development is regulated by an unexpected brain region

A half-century of research on how the brain learns to integrate visual inputs from the eyes has provided important insights in critical period regulation, leading to the conclusion that it occurs within the cortex. A group of researchers has discovered that a brain region that passes on input from the eyes to the cortex also […]

Science Daily: How dopamine tells you it isn’t worth the wait

How do we know if it was worth the wait in line to get a meal at the new restaurant in town? To do this our brain must be able to signal how good the meal tastes and associate this feeling with the restaurant. This is done by a small group of cells deep in […]

Medical News Today: All you need to know about dysesthesia

Dysesthesia is when a person experiences a painful, itchy, burning, or restrictive sensation. It is caused by nerve damage and associated mostly with neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Dysesthesia is a combination of the Ancient Greek words “dys” and “aesthesis” and translates to “abnormal” or “sensation.” (October 16, 2017) Read the full article […]

News-Medical: Study identifies new biomarker for depression in diabetes

A study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic has identified a biomarker for depression in diabetes. Findings of epidemiological studies have shown an overall 2-fold increased prevalence of depression in patients with type 2 diabetes compared with the general population worldwide. Consequently, identifying biological markers and potential therapeutic targets for depression intervention […]

Neurology Advisor: Parkinsonism diagnosis linked to cognitive deficits

Cognitive deficits are associated with a high risk for the development of incident parkinsonism in patients free from dementia, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. Investigators analyzed 7386 dementia- and parkinsonism-free patients from the Rotterdam Study to determine whether future cognitive deficits correlated with a heightened risk for neurologic movement disorders commonly experienced […]

Science News for Students: How bugs in your gut might hijack your emotions

New research adds considerable insights into how different types of learning styles are characterized in the brain. Investigators believe the new insights may help with early detection of Alzheimer’s and a variety of other neurological conditions that affect explicit and implicit learning. Investigators explain that learning how to pedal a bike and memorize the rules […]

Psych Central: Specific brain wave patterns for different learning styles

New research adds considerable insights into how different types of learning styles are characterized in the brain. Investigators believe the new insights may help with early detection of Alzheimer’s and a variety of other neurological conditions that affect explicit and implicit learning. Investigators explain that learning how to pedal a bike and memorize the rules […]

Fast Company: Since your brain constantly compares you with everyone else, try this

Your brain is a comparison engine. In every new situation, it automatically rifles through your memory of every other situation you’ve encountered in the past. It swiftly finds one or a few that are similar to the current scenario, then uses that information to figure out what to do next. Most of the time, you […]

Science Daily: Brain waves reflect different types of learning

Figuring out how to pedal a bike and memorizing the rules of chess require two different types of learning, and now for the first time, researchers have been able to distinguish each type of learning by the brain-wave patterns it produces. These distinct neural signatures could guide scientists as they study the underlying neurobiology of […]