Neuroscience

Men Do Have A Better Sense Of Direction Than Women, But Why?

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology  aren't trying to commit a microaggression when they note it's been well established that men perform better than women on specific spatial tasks. The issue is how much of that is ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 7 2015 - 7:43am

Playing 3-D Video Games Boosts Memory Formation

Playing three-dimensional video games can boost the formation of memories, along with improving hand-eye coordination and reaction time, this finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 9 2015 - 8:00am

Brain Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Arousal Regulation

Adjusting a specific deep-brain circuit's firing frequency immediately and dramatically alters rats' forebrain activity and alertness levels,  which could eventually take deep brain stimulation to a whole new level. Deep brain stimulation may on ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 13 2015 - 8:00am

Insomniacs Sleep More Efficiently

How are insomniacs able to function well with less sleep than others? It may be a beneficial biological trait. ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 14 2015 - 1:05pm

Ability To Detect Sugar Varies Widely In Kids (And Everyone Else)

Taste buds vary widely in humans, which is one reason why some kids prefer sweet or salty treats and others do not, but it may also be the reason that some kids need more sugar to get that same sweet taste.   ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2015 - 12:00pm

Amygdala Influences Kindness, Charitable Behavior

The amygdala, a small structure at the front end of the brain's temporal lobe, has long been associated with negative behaviors generally, and specifically with fear. But new research shows this collection of nuclei can also influence positive social ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2015 - 10:52am

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Confirmed As Disease That Can Be Definitively Diagnosed

(Boston)--For the first time, CTE has been confirmed as a unique disease that can be definitively diagnosed by neuropathological examination of brain tissue. A consensus panel of expert neuropathologists concluded that CTE has a pathognomonic signature in ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 16 2015 - 8:01am

Wired Different: Compulsive Video Game Player Brains

Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2015 - 4:56pm

Jazz And Blues: Emotional Expression Affects Brain Creativity Network In Musicians

Over the past decade, neuroimaging studies, basically taking snapshots of neural circuitry as behavior occurs and mapping cause to effect, have sought to identify components of a neural circuit that operates across various domains of creativity. A new pap ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 4 2016 - 10:09am

Brain Connectivity Changes Protect Against Developing Bipolar Disorder

Naturally occurring changes in brain wiring can help patients at high genetic risk of developing bipolar disorder avert the onset of the illness, according to a new study in Translational Psychiatry.   Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illn ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2016 - 12:04am