Neuroscience

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

Singin' In The Brain

A songbirds' vocal muscles work like those of human speakers and singers, finds a new study. The research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its function to help produce different parameters of sounds, in a manner ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 12 2016 - 12:08pm

Maybe A Human Sound Is Worth A Thousand Words

Human sounds may convey emotions clearer and faster than words, according to a new paper. It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to the researchers\. It doesn't matter whe ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 19 2016 - 7:30am

Brain Function Differs In Obese Children

The brains of children who are obese function differently from those of children of healthy weight, and exhibit an "imbalance" between food-seeking and food-avoiding behaviors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have found. Diet ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 26 2016 - 10:01am

25 Point Drop In IQ Linked To Lack Of 16p11.2 Gene Copy

Dr. Sébastien Jacquemont, a geneticist at the University of Montreal, has correlated genetics to intelligence. "We have just discovered, for example, that a missing copy of a region in chromosome 16 results in a 25-point intelligence quotient (IQ) dr ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2016 - 9:07am

Left Brain, Right Brain: Both Hemispheres Process Numbers

The human brain works by dividing labor. Although our thinking organ excels in displaying amazing flexibility and plasticity, typically different areas of the brain take over different tasks. While words and language are mainly being processed in the left ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 27 2016 - 10:45am

Why Rest Is Critical After A Concussion

Doctors recommend several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion, but that is often good advice for many things. It works, but why? New data from animal models explains why.   Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say rest allows ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 5 2016 - 6:45am

Sapir-Wharf Hypothesis: Pre-Linguistic Infants Can Categorize Colors

Infants aged between 5 and 7 months hold the representation of color categories in their brain, even before the acquisition of language, according to a study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Sapir-Wharf hypothesis claims that langua ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 10 2016 - 10:58am