Neuroscience

Plant-Based Diets Risk Worsening Brain Health

Claims that meat production are causing undue stress on the environment are highly exaggerated, as are the benefits of plant-based diets. Instead of being ground in evidence, the plant-based and vegan diet fads could worsen an already low intake of an esse ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 30 2019 - 12:47am

At Puberty, Brain Networks Related To Mood Problems Develop Differently In Males And Females

During puberty, male and female brains clearly become more distinct, with boys showing an increase in connectivity in certain brain areas previously identified as conferring risk for mood problems in adolescents, and girls showing a decrease in connectivit ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 9 2019 - 4:01pm

Turmeric Linked To Cognitive Defects Because Of Adulterated Lead

Though the $35 billion supplement industry claims to be superior to vaccines and other medicine, the unknown constituents of shady health products could be causing cognitive defects, finds a new study. Turmeric, a commonly used spice sometimes even injecte ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 24 2019 - 12:35pm

How Acting Changes The Brain

At our English boarding school in the 1990s, my friends and I would spend hours immersed in roleplaying games. Our favourite was Vampire: The Masquerade, and I can well remember experiencing a kind of psychological hangover after spending an afternoon in ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 22 2019 - 1:38pm

Brain Organoids: How Soon Before Lab Grown Mini Brains Achieve Consciousness?

The cutting-edge method of growing clusters of cells that organize themselves into mini versions of human brains in the lab is gathering more and more attention. These “brain organoids”, made from stem cells, offer unparalleled insights into the human bra ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 26 2019 - 5:00am

Scared Out Of Your Mind: Halloween, Fear And The Brain

Children and adults alike are digging out those spooky costumes ready for a celebration. We’ve reached that time of year again: Halloween. October 31 is dedicated to remembering the dead. We’ve all experienced fear, but Halloween is the particular time of ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 31 2019 - 9:02am

Mouse Study Claims Mediterranean Diet Causes Endogenous Cannabinoid Changes Which They Link To ADHD In Human Offspring

An exploratory study in cell cultures and mice finds that in their rodents high-fat diets throughout pregnancy (rich in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids) impacted fetal brain development.  Don’t be alarmed, mice are not little people so a mouse study ca ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 18 2019 - 1:01pm

The Biology Of That Hangover You Have

It’s that time of year when we raise a glass to celebrate Christmas, the beginning of holidays, the new year, or simply to join with our friends. Many of us will pay a price, even if it’s “just” in the form of a hangover. ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 25 2019 - 10:34am

The Origin And Evolution Of The Homunculus

How did the most famous concept devised in neurobiology--the homunculus of neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield- originate? Some answers derive from assessing Penfield's archives at the Osler Library of McGill University, as well as the only known copy from w ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 9 2019 - 5:37pm

When What Goes Up Feels Down Is Not Postmodernism, It's Seeing Gravity Rather Than Feeling It

People can deny a lot of science without making a huge difference in their lives; no one will die if they deny evolution. Gravity, on the other hand, will kill you. You can't just jump off a building and deny it exists and expect a positive outcome. T ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 25 2020 - 10:51am