Neuroscience

Oxytocin, Bliss Molecules, And The Pleasure Of Social Interactions

The hormone oxytocin, which has been associated with interpersonal bonding, may enhance the pleasure of social interactions by stimulating production of marijuana-like neurotransmitters in the brain, according to a new study. The research is the first to ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2015 - 6:09am

Oxytocin Provides Social, Emotional And Behavioral Benefits For Autism In Small Study

Autism is a group of complex brain developmental disorders characterized by impairments in social interaction, communication, and stereotypical and repetitive behaviors. The diagnosed incidence is estimated to be one in 68 children and effective intervent ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2015 - 10:45am

Singing Leads To A Calmer Baby

In a new study, infants remained calm twice as long when listening to a song as when listening to speech. The study involved thirty healthy infants aged between six and nine months. Humans like music biologically, according to one hypothesis. In adults an ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 3 2015 - 7:06pm

Can Humans Hear Distance?

Because light travels far faster than sound, we see distant events before we hear them. Perhaps as a child you learned to count the seconds between a lightning flash and the sound of thunder to estimate its distance.  A new paper says that our brains can ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 4 2015 - 7:00am

Early Life Stress, Adolescent Depression And Impaired Reward Circuits

Early life stress is a major risk factor for later episodes of depression. In fact, adults who are abused or neglected as children are almost twice as likely to experience depression.  Scientific research into this link has revealed that the increased ris ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 30 2015 - 10:21am

Apathetic? It May Be Your Brain Structure

If you are apathetic, it would be a surprise to know your brain is making more effort, but a new study finds that some people traditionally perceived as lazy have a biology problem and not an attitude one. Forty healthy volunteers completed a questionnair ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 13 2015 - 6:47am

Emotional Response To Sounds Shows Up In Brain Scans

Noisy gymnasiums, restaurants where conversations are nearly impossible, and concert halls less than perfect for the music are all engineering problems. What does that have to do with emotions? Perhaps a lot. Penn State acoustical engineers are using func ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 16 2015 - 2:30pm

Neurogastronomy: How Brains Perceive Flavor

The upside to modern cancer treatment, like chemotherapy, is obvious; people are living more, and living longer. The downside is that some food tastes terrible.  Chemotherapy, by design, kills all fast-growing cells in the body. As cancer cells die, so do ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 19 2015 - 2:29pm

Lactate For Brain Cells Boosts Brain Energy Metabolism

In comparison to other organs, the human brain has the highest energy requirements. Nerve cells cover their high energy demand with glucose and lactate and a new report shows for the first time in the intact mouse brain evidence for an exchange of lactate ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 24 2015 - 12:36pm

A New Target For Machado Joseph Disease Treatment

Machado-Josephdisease (MJD) is a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that destroys the brainareas involved in muscle control. Although the disease is clearly caused by a mutationin the ATXN3 gene- resulting in an abnormal ataxin-3 protein that forms toxi ...

Article - Catarina Amorim - Dec 1 2015 - 6:18pm