U.S. News & World Report: World mental health day focuses on feeling good at work

Oct. 10 marks World Mental Health Day across the globe, a day meant to raise awareness about mental health disorders and fight the stigma that often accompanies them worldwide. That battle continues in all areas of life, including careers. In a nod to the struggle, the 2017 Mental Health Day theme is mental health in […]

NBC News: What happens in your body and brain while you sleep

You might think of sleep as the negative time in your day when nothing on your to-do list gets done. Your brain and several other systems in your body see it quite differently. “Your brain is actually very active during sleep doing important things — it’s not just resting,” says Carl W. Bazil, MD, PhD, […]

News-Medical: Scientists offer insight into how the brain makes perceptual judgments

Scientists at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute have contributed to solving a paradox of perception, literally upending models of how the brain constructs interpretations of the outside world. When observing a scene, the brain first processes details — spots, lines and simple shapes — and uses that information to build internal representations of more complex objects, like […]

CNN: Men’s and women’s brains react differently when helping others, study says

There is pleasure in both giving and receiving. Does gender influence which of these pleasures we prefer? In women, part of the brain showed a greater response when sharing money, while in men, the same structure showed more activity when they kept the cash for themselves, a small study published Monday in Nature Human Behavior […]

Reuters: Concussion leads to post-career mental issues: FIFPro study

Athletes who suffer concussions during their careers are more prone to anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance after retirement, according to new research by soccer’s world players’ union FIFPro. A survey of 576 male former first division soccer, ice hockey and rugby players from France, Finland, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland found that […]

Newser: Doctors find way to halt deadly child brain disease

Without a risky bone-marrow transplant before symptoms appear, children with brain disease ALD can expect to live no longer than five years as nerve cells in the brain die off and erase one’s ability to walk, talk, and think. Even a successful transplant can result in permanent disabilities, reports the New York Times. (October 10, […]

Wired: This new Alzheimer’s test looks beyond a single problem gene

America is entering a period that may one day be known as The Great Forgetting. Alzheimer’s, a disease defined as much by the accumulation of mental lapses as by tangled proteins in the brain, is an ailment of the aging. Sixty-five-year-olds have a one in 10 chance of a positive diagnosis. By age 85, the […]

PBS Newshour: How a brain gets hooked on opioids

Pain and pleasure rank among nature’s strongest motivators, but when mixed, the two can become irresistible. This is how opioids brew a potent and deadly addiction in the brain. Societies have coveted the euphoria and pain relief provided by opioids since Ancient Sumerians referred to opium poppies as the “joy plant” circa 3400 B.C. But […]

Psychology Today: Synchronizing brain waves can turbocharge executive function

Two frontal lobe brain regions, the medial frontal cortex (MFC) and the lateral prefrontal cortex (lPFC), are believed to control most of our executive functions. Robert M. G. Reinhart of Boston University recently used a cutting-edge technique called “high-definition transcranial alternating current stimulation” (HD-tACS) to synchronize oscillations between these two regions in ways that improved […]

Big Think: Universal brain activation discovered when reading stories

A new study out of USC, which includes the input of corresponding author Antonio Damasio, found that regardless of language humans exhibit the same brain activity when finding meaning in stories. Testing subjects in English, Farsi, and Mandarin Chinese, the research, published in Human Brain Mapping, is believed to be the first time universal activity […]