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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Super Mario Gets Social Intelligence

Feb. 2, 2016 — Computer scientists help the popular jump ‘n’ run game figures learn to observe, collaborate – and even switch ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Understanding how the brain folds could help unlock the inner workings of the brain but the process has long remained a mystery. Now, by replicating a folding human brain in 3D, researchers have ... read more

Practice Makes Perfect, Study Confirms

Jan. 29, 2016 — Initial learning and performance at seven weeks led to increase in activation in cortical regions during visualization of the dance being learned when compared to the first week, shows a study on ... read more

Attitude to Aging Can Have a Direct Effect on Health, Researchers Confirm

Jan. 29, 2016 — Negative attitudes to aging affect physical and cognitive health in later years, confirm researchers. These latest findings have important implications for media, policymakers, practitioners and ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — Hearing loss, if left untreated, can lead to serious emotional and social consequences, reduced job performance and diminished quality of life. Untreated hearing loss also can interfere with ... read more

Cognitive Training Effects Differ by Older Adult's Education Level

Jan. 28, 2016 — The first study to investigate the effects of cognitive training on the cognitive functioning of older adults by education level has found that individuals with fewer than 12 years of schooling ... read more

Jan. 28, 2016 — The human brain uses several frequency bands for the flow of information between lower and higher areas, report scientists, who have demonstrated that the visual cortex of human subjects uses ... read more

Growth Factor in Brain Tied to Slower Mental Decline

Jan. 28, 2016 — Older people with higher amounts of a key protein in their brains also had slower decline in their memory and thinking abilities than people with lower amounts of protein from the gene called ... read more

Four Factors Predict Neurodevelopmental Outcomes for Children With Low Birth Weight

Jan. 27, 2016 — Four factors -- medical complications at birth, maternal education, early motor assessments, and early cognitive assessments -- help predict later cognitive function and motor performance for ... read more

Stress Inhibits Spatial Perception

Jan. 27, 2016 — Neuroscientists have investigated the effects of stress on the perception of scenes and faces. In a behavioral study, they compared the results of stressed participants with those of an unstressed ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Researchers have located an important region for the visual processing of numbers in the human brain and showed that it is active in both hemispheres. The scientists published high resolution ... read more

How Obesity Makes Memory Go Bad

Jan. 26, 2016 — Obesity is associated with epigenetic changes that dysregulate memory-associated genes, and a particular enzyme in brain neurons of the hippocampus appears to be a link between chronic obesity and ... read more

Study Details Source of Mental Problems Associated With MS

Jan. 26, 2016 — A study sheds new light on multiple sclerosis, specifically damage in the brain caused by the disease that may explain the slow and continuous cognitive decline that many patients experience. The ... read more

Health and Thinking Skills Linked to Same Genes, Study Shows

Jan. 26, 2016 — Genes that influence people's health also shape how effectively they think, a study shows. Scientists found that genes associated with diseases including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Researchers have begun to explore in earnest the concept of "mixed vascular dementia," but until recently there was no reliable animal model. When one expert discovered that a special diet ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Despite decades of research, the idea that relative brain size predicts cognitive abilities remains highly controversial, because there is still little experimental evidence to support it. However, a ... read more

Brain Levels of Vitamin B12 Decrease With Age and Are Prematurely Low in People With Autism and Schizophrenia

Jan. 22, 2016 — A new study has found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Diagnosing Depression Before It Starts

Jan. 21, 2016 — Brain scans may identify children who are vulnerable to depression, before symptoms appear, new research indicates. In a new study, the researchers found distinctive brain differences in children ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Correctly diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study reveals a new clue to possible ... read more

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