HNGN: Autism Sufferers Not Typically Sensitive To Being Imitated, New Study Shows Why

A new research explains why autistic people are not sensitive when others imitate their movements or actions. Japanese researchers stated that people with Autism Spectrum Disorder have decreased activity in a brain region that plays an important role in understanding social nuances of imitations and ridicule. Researchers explained that people with autism have difficulties in […]

WIRED: What’s Up With That: Your Best Thinking Seems To Happen In The Shower:

You’re in the shower. The water sounds like a gentle, rainy static, and feels like a Plinko massage. You’ve just started to lather up and suddenly, you’re hit with a flash of brilliance. Maybe it’s the answer to a vexing problem at work, the location of your lost USB drive, or perhaps it’s just a […]

WIRED: What’s Different About The Brain’s Of Heroes?

Marco Zanon and his colleagues scanned the brains of 43 young adults (30 women) while they took part in a virtual reality (VR) experience of a disaster. Wearing VR goggles and headphones, each participant began the study by meeting up with what they thought were three other volunteers in a virtual waiting room. In fact, […]

Habit

Chronic stress causes detrimental changes in the brain and ultimately affects how the brain functions. Stressful events trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol.  Elevated levels of cortisol disrupts the balance between different types of brain cells, causing impaired thinking abilities.  Avoiding stress in life is impossible, but making a daily habit of […]

Forbes: Why Is Innovation So Hard?

What business today does not want to be more innovative? In business parlance, “innovation” has reached a glorified position-like “customer centricity,” it is deemed to be a strategic necessity. But it is hard to define. It means different things to different people. Innovation exists along a continuum, from material improvements to existing products or processes […]

Science Daily: Declining Intelligence In Old Age Linked To Visual Processing

Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age. Age-related declines in intelligence are strongly related to declines on a very simple task of visual perception speed, the researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on August 4. (August 4, […]

Military.com: VA Reform Bill Saves Program For Vets With TBI

President Barack Obama on Thursday will sign into law landmark reform of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, but the stroke of his executive pen will also save an unrelated effort to rehabilitate veterans with traumatic brain injuries. The massive $16.3-billion VA overhaul passed by Congress last week included a measure sponsored by Sens. Cory […]

News Medical: Acupuncture At Waiguan Can Activate Several Brain Regions In Patients With Ischemic Stroke

Both acupuncture at Waiguan (SJ5) and sham acupuncture can activate/deactivate several brain regions in patients with ischemic stroke, but there are some differences in Brodmann areas. Most studies addressing the specificity of meridians and acupuncture points have focused mainly on the different neural effects of acupuncture at different points in healthy individuals. (August 5, 2014) […]

Medical Xpress: Study Links GI Symptoms And Autism In Children

Five-year-old Veer Patel was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in October 2010. Typical of children “on the spectrum,” he manages best with a rigid, unchanging daily routine. Unfortunately, his bowel functions are unpredictable, and he is frequently constipated-conditions that arose some time after his ASD diagnosis. He is not alone. Historically, the medical research […]

Science Daily: Potential New Predictor Of Stress-Related Illnesses Found

Scientists studying depression in teens have discovered that subtle changes in a gene can predict how the brain reacts to stress, which can cause such health issues as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obesity. The research, published Aug. 2 in the journal Nature, focuses on two longitudinal studies led by Douglas E. Williamson, Ph.D., from […]