UCSD: How Our Brains Store Recent Memories, Cell by Single Cell

Confirming what neurocomputational theorists have long suspected, researchers at the Dignity Health Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that the human brain locks down episodic memories in the hippocampus, committing each recollection to a distinct, distributed fraction of individual cells. The findings, published in the […]

New Scientist: Our humming brains help us learn rapidly

Our brain’s ability to rapidly interpret and analyse new information may lie in the musical hum of our brainwaves. We continuously take in information about the world but establishing new neural connections and pathways – the process thought to underlie memory formation – is too slow to account for our ability to learn rapidly. Evan Antzoulatos and Earl Miller at the Massachusetts […]

US News & World Report: Anxiety May Affect Kids’ Brains

Children with anxiety problems actually have a bigger “fear center” in their brain, researchers report. The study included 76 children aged 7 to 9, which is when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably detected, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. The parents provided information about their youngsters’ anxiety levels, and […]

Complex: Our Brains Are Designed to Enjoy Art, Study Finds

The human brain is actually designed to enjoy art, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto. It turns out looking at artwork activates a number of different areas in the brain, which suggests that art appreciation is actually a natural biological process. Scientists at the University of Toronto analyzed the combined […]

Daily Digest News: Study: Chronic stress can change the brain

Chronic stress has the ability to change a person’s brain in ways that can affect memory and lead to mental illness. Research out of the University of California, Berkeley has determined that prolonged and excessive levels of stress hormones alter the structure of the brain by causing extra white matter to be produced. Abnormalities in […]

Medical News Today: Abnormal brain iron levels ‘may be a biomarker of ADHD’

According to a recent study, the number of children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the US increased by 42% between 2003-04 and 2011-12. The increase sparked concern that many children are being incorrectly diagnosed with the condition. But a new study published in the journal Radiology details a biomarker of ADHD that is identified through a […]

NPR: Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Even if you can’t keep a beat, your brain can. “The brain absolutely has rhythm,” says Nathan Urban, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. When you concentrate, Urban says, your brain produces rapid, rhythmic electrical impulses called gamma waves. When you relax, it generates much slower alpha waves. The internal cadences of the brain […]

Science World Report: Sleep Quality and Duration Boost Cognition in Aging Populations

Considering the association between good sleep quality and improved cognition, the researchers suggest using sleep gadgets such as sound therapy and wristbands.  Researchers at the University of Oregon found that middle aged or older people who sleep for six to nine hours a night have better cognitive abilities. In this study that began in 2007, the researchers used data gathered […]