Cosmos: A rose-inspired human brain cell

Researchers may have found what sets human brains apart from those of other animals. They discovered a new type of human brain cell, never seen in rodent models. The team, led by Eszter Boldog from the University of Szeged in Hungary, called the new cells ‘rosehip’ neurons because their axons spread out from the cell […]

MIT News: New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year

Dopamine, a signaling molecule used throughout the brain, plays a major role in regulating our mood, as well as controlling movement. Many disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia, are linked to dopamine deficiencies. MIT neuroscientists have now devised a way to measure dopamine in the brain for more than a year, which they believe […]

Scientific American: Are digital devices altering our brains?

Ten years ago technology writer Nicholas Carr published an article in the Atlantic entitled “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” He strongly suspected the answer was “yes.” Himself less and less able to focus, remember things or absorb more than a few pages of text, he accused the Internet of radically changing people’s brains. (September 11, […]

Newsweek: Bilingual brain: Here’s what happens when you flip between languages

A study has shed light on the brain mechanisms which allow bilingual people to switch effortlessly from one language to another. Neurolinguistics researchers already believe parts of the brain in charge of decision-making, the prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, light up when we toggle between languages. Now, a study published in the Proceedings of the […]

Science Daily: New guidelines for traumatic brain injury — Built with input from rehabilitation professionals

Clinical practice guidelines play a critical role in promoting quality care for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). A new set of guidelines for rehabilitation of patients with moderate to severe TBI — incorporating insights from the rehabilitation professionals responsible for providing care from initial assessment through long-term follow-up — has just been introduced. (September […]

Health Imaging: Brain fMRI finds people with schizophrenia less reactive to positive social experiences

UCLA researchers have found that the brains of people with schizophrenia are less reactive to social rewards such as positive interactions with others and smiling, according to research published Sept. 5 in Schizophrenia Bulletin. The findings demonstrate how people with schizophrenia are more likely to find social stimulation unrewarding and contribute to problems with socializing, […]

NPR: Scientists study barn owls to understand why people with ADHD struggle to focus

Kids with ADHD are easily distracted. Barn owls are not. So a team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is studying these highly focused predatory birds in an effort to understand the brain circuits that control attention. The team’s long-term goal is to figure out what goes wrong in the brains of people with attention […]

New Atlas: Tracking brain waves to decode mood could help fight depression

We all know that our moods can be mysterious, sometimes shifting seemingly at random and not necessarily dependent on what we’re doing. Unfortunately, even neuroscience in general is stumped by what’s going on in the brain when we feel joy or sadness. In an effort to peek inside our moody minds, a team of researchers […]

Cheat Sheet: These are the top foods for concentration and memory

Have you ever struggled to concentrate on a task — even one that really needed doing before the end of the day and it’s already 3:25 and you still aren’t done yet? Do you worry that you’re not doing enough to protect your brain against the natural deterioration that comes with age? Over the years, […]