The New York Times: European Effort for Computer-Simulated Brain Draws Fire

The Human Brain Project is Europe’s flagship contribution to neuroscience. Established last year and funded by the European Commission, the project was meant to rally scientists and computer engineers around developing better tools to study how the brain works. But its most ambitious goal – a computer simulation of the entire brain – came under […]

WBUR: How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections

Among the findings of some University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists is that addiction appears to permanently affect the connections between areas of the brain to almost “hard-wire” the brain to support the addiction. They’re also exploring the neural roots of addiction and seeking novel treatments – including perhaps the age-old practice of meditation. (July […]

Psych Central: Imaging Shows Bipolar Link to Risk-taking

Emerging research shows that brain circuits associated with pursuing and savoring rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorders. University of Manchester researchers believe this explains why individuals with bipolar disorder often engage in risky behavior. Researchers used brain imaging techniques to identify the neural pathways believed to be responsible for the […]

Fox News: US Military developing brain implants to restore memory

The Restoring Active Memory (RAM) program is a project of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense charged with developing next-generation technologies for the military. The initiative aims to develop wireless, fully implantable “neuroprosthetics” for service members suffering from traumatic brain injury or illness, DARPA Program Manager […]

News Medical: Research project on risk taking behavior in teenagers

By looking at 40 different factors in a 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, personality, life experiences and genetics, researchers can predict with 70% accuracy who will go on to develop binge drinking within the next two years. Impulsivity, hopelessness, sensation-seeking traits, lack of conscientiousness, and other variables such as life events […]

Science Daily: Study cracks how brain processes emotions

“We discovered that fine-grained patterns of neural activity within the orbitofrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with emotional processing, act as a neural code which captures an individual’s subjective feeling,” said Cornell University neuroscientist Dr. Adam Anderson. Researchers believe the findings provide insight into how the brain represents our innermost feelings – what […]

New York Daily News: Interrupted sleep just as bad as sleep deprivation

Constantly waking up during the night could cause compromised brain functioning equivalent to what it feels like on four hours of sleep. In a first of its kind study, researchers at Tel Aviv University’s School of Psychological Sciences established a causal link between interrupted sleep and compromised cognition, attention span and humor, concluding that interrupted […]

HealthDay: Stress, Depression May Boost Stroke Risk, Study Finds

A University of Minnesota study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke or TIA risk by 59 percent. And hostility doubled the risk, the researchers said. A TIA is a mini-stroke caused by a […]