Science World Report: Watching Violent TV Shows Linked to Impaired Executive Function in the Human Brain

Violent video games and television have long concerned parents and researchers. Could watching violent scenes impact the human brain? It turns out that that might actually be the case. Scientists have found that young adult men who watched more violence on television had less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning. The researchers examined young men who […]

Market Watch: Brain games that could pay off in retirement

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are working overtime to answer this question, as the boomers grow older and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains elusive. The good news: Recent findings offer hope. “Cognitive aging is the biggest health crisis in our […]

Financial Times: David Cameron launches world’s biggest dementia study

The world’s biggest study of dementia will be unveiled by David Cameron on Thursday as part of a push worth more than £100m to accelerate research into Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders. The UK prime minister will announce the creation of a 2m-strong group of UK volunteers aged 50 and over who will share their medical data and lifestyle […]

Counsel & Heal: Distracted Mind? You Can Still See Blurred Lines

Some aspects of sight are not affected by mental overload, according to a new research. The research suggested that even as we’re processing million things at once, we are still sensitive to certain kinds of changes in our visual environment.  The study further noted that we can automatically detect changes in blur across our field […]

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 […]