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June 29, 2015 — The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now ... read more

What Controls Blood Flow in the Brain?

June 25, 2015 — Scientists present the strongest evidence yet that smooth muscle cells surrounding blood vessels in the brain are the only cells capable of contracting to control blood vessel diameter and thus ... read more

Therapy Affects the Brain of People With Tourette Syndrome

June 25, 2015 — In addition to its effect on chronic tics, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can change the brain function of people with Tourette syndrome, new research confirms. Tourette syndrome is a ... read more

Researchers Question What Happens in the Brain When We Think

June 25, 2015 — New research questions the prevailing doctrine on how the brain absorbs and processes information. The idea that the brain has a mechanism to maintain activity at the lowest possible level is ... read more

June 25, 2015 — Fructose not only results in a lower level of satiety, it also stimulates the reward system in the brain to a lesser degree than glucose. This may cause excessive consumption accompanied by effects ... read more

Redrawing the Language Map of the Brain

June 25, 2015 — For 140 years, scientists' understanding of language comprehension in the brain came from individuals with stroke. But now they have redrawn that brain map based on new research with individuals ... read more

Norepinephrine Aids Brain in Sorting Complex Auditory Signals

June 24, 2015 — The neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, new research ... read more

How Our Brains Can Form First Impressions Quickly

June 24, 2015 — A study of how people can quickly spot animals by sight is helping uncover the workings of the human brain. Researchers found that one of the first parts of the brain to process visual information -- ... read more

Low-Field Synchronized Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Effective for Major Depressive Disorder

June 24, 2015 — The results of a study assessing safety and efficacy of sTMS therapy with the NEST device in adult patients with Major Depressive Disorder have been ... read more

Atlas of Older Brains Could Help Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

June 24, 2015 — A digital map of the aging brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders in older people, a study suggests. The atlas created using images from MRI ... read more

Inflaming the Drive for Suicide: Analysis Reveals Link Between Suicide, Inflammation

June 24, 2015 — One American dies from suicide every 12.8 minutes, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There is consensus that if we could better predict who was at risk for ... read more

Could 'Virtual Reality' Treat Alcoholism?

June 24, 2015 — A form of 'virtual-reality' therapy may help people with alcohol dependence reduce their craving for alcohol, a new study suggests. The findings come from a small study of just 10 patients. ... read more

Single Gene Controls Fish Brain Size, Intelligence

June 23, 2015 — A single gene called Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) drives brain size and intelligence in fish according to a new study. Fish with larger brains and higher intelligence had higher expression of Ang-1, and ... read more

June 23, 2015 — Ten weeks of intensive reading intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder was enough to strengthen the activity of loosely connected areas of their brains that work together to ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A group of passengers who thought they were going to die when their plane ran out of fuel over the Atlantic Ocean in August, 2001 have had their brains scanned while recalling the terrifying moments ... read more

New Light Shed on How Neurons Control Muscle Movement

June 23, 2015 — Researchers studying how the brain controls movement in people with paralysis, related to their diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, have found that groups of neurons work together, firing in ... read more

How Can Health Professionals Enhance Cognitive Health in Older Adults?

June 22, 2015 — An expert panel has clarified the cognitive aging process by making a distinction from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, and provided recommendations to enhance cognitive health in ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A series of fascinating studies showed that many people respond positively to placebo pills -- even when they are told that the pills don't have any active ingredients. Researchers are now ... read more

Two Cultures, Same Risk for Cognitive Impairment

June 22, 2015 — Diabetes is a known risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia, age-related conditions that affect memory and thinking skills. However, little is known about how the diabetes-cognitive decline ... read more

Better Outcome Prediction of Postanoxic Coma

June 22, 2015 — EEG-measurements enable better prediction of the outcome of a coma that was caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. A new method helps to make reliable and correct estimates in about 50% of ... read more

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