Panorama Am: Similar memories benefit from ‘extra space’ in brain

Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, according to new research, the BBC reports. Scientists scanned the brains of 15 people recalling four similar scenes, in a study published in PNAS. They spotted overlapping memory traces in a specific corner of the hippocampus […]

WFAA: UTD study reveals tablet computers can enhance memory for seniors

For 12 -weeks, seniors between the ages of 60 and 90 learned to use the iPad and various apps. Two other groups were also part of the study. One was assigned to a group that socialized, but didn’t learn new things. The third group was assigned to performing quiet, non-challenging daily tasks at home.The affect […]

CNN: 5 things you may not know about post-traumatic stress

Approximately 7.7 million American adults age 18 and older have post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. While the disorder is often associated with war veterans who have been exposed to extended violence, PTSD and its treatments involve more than you might think. (July 9, 2014) Read the full article here

WCCO: New Brain Injury Medication To Be Tested In Minnesota

A Minnesota hospital is trying out a new tool that could save lives in cases of traumatic brain injury. Tranexamic Acid, or TXA, is already being used by the Department of Defense to treat some of the bloodiest injuries on the battlefield. The FDA-approved medication controls bleeding in the body. Now Regions Hospital wants to […]

The New York Times: Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

The Department of Defense on Tuesday announced a $40 million investment in what has become the fastest-moving branch of neuroscience: direct brain recording. Two centers, one at the University of Pennsylvania and the other at the University of California, Los Angeles, won contracts to develop brain implants for memory deficits. Their aim is to develop […]

Outside: The Science Behind TBI Recovery

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often require immediate surgery, and even during the slow recovery process an urgent question lingers: How much time do I have before permanent brain damage sets in? Previously, doctors believed that the maximum window for recovery was about a year after the injury occurred. But new research suggests the TBI-recovery timeline […]

PT Products: NIH Supports Multi Billion Dollar Brain Research Initiative

An initiative to uncover the mysteries of brain function received significant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is recommending that the project be funded for $4.5 billion over the next 12 years. A news report from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) indicates that a federal report released by NIH states that […]

Hindustan Times: Full moon night makes you sleep 20 minutes less

Researchers have found that people actually sleep 20 minutes less when the moon is full. “There may be a built-in biological clock that is affected by the moon, similar to the one that regulates the circadian rhythm,” researchers said. Re-analysis of the data showed that sensitivity, measured as reactivity of the cerebral cortex in the […]

The Conversation: To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience. As a relatively new angle of attack, this kind of research could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence technology. (July 8, 2014) […]

Forbes: People Who Avoid Market Bubbles May Have Brains That Work Differently

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published today may change the way we think about market bubbles and crashes by illuminating how our brains function when we think about them. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology, Virginia Tech, and University College London carried out a study in 2012 in […]