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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Feb. 10, 2016 — Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a new ... read more

Cocaine Users Present Alterations in Function, Structures of Brain

Feb. 8, 2016 — The presence of alterations in brain functioning and structure in cocaine users has been seen in a new study where researchers used three different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to study the ... read more

Super Bowl Won’t Make You Feel Super, Even If Your Team Wins

Feb. 5, 2016 — Communication researchers have created a unique way to watch the emotional dynamics of the game in real-time during this year's Super ... read more

Parental Preference for Boys Damages Girls’ Self-Esteem and Happiness

Feb. 5, 2016 — While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the girls ... read more

The Significance of Non-Motor Microtubule-Associated Protein in Maintaining Synaptic Plasticity Thorough a Novel Mechanism

Feb. 5, 2016 — NMDA glutamate receptors, which function as receptors that bond with glutamates, are known to be deeply involved in animal memory and learning. In order for memories to be created inside the brain, ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Neurobiologists have demonstrated experimentally that aggression has an influence on the production of new nerve cells in the brain. The scientists conducted a series of experiments on male ... read more

First-of-Its-Kind Study Explains Why Rest Is Critical After a Concussion

Feb. 5, 2016 — Neuroscientists say rest -- for more than a day -- is critical for allowing the brain to reset neural networks and repair any short-term injury. This new study in mice also shows that repeated mild ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Children with Down syndrome who have motor speech deficits have been inadequately diagnosed, which could have a major impact on the interventions used by speech pathologists when treating patients, a ... read more

Scientists Find Brain Plasticity Assorted Into Functional Networks

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists had thought that most synapses of a similar type and in a similar location in the brain behaved in a similar fashion with respect to how experience induces plasticity. In this work, ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — In a new study, researchers show that a particular protein found in the brains of both male and female mice is present at higher levels in females, which offers them stronger protection against one ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new finding offers a fresh insight into one of the earliest biological events of Alzheimer's disease and is expected to open new avenues of ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Neuroscientists have succeeded in activating dormant memory cells in rats. Using weak electrical impulses targeted at previously inactive cells in the hippocampus, the researchers induced the cells ... read more

Neurobiological Changes Explain How Mindfulness Meditation Improves Health

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research provides a window into the brain changes that link mindfulness meditation training with health in stressed adults. The study shows that mindfulness meditation training, compared to ... read more

New Non-Invasive Form of Vagus Nerve Stimulation Works to Treat Depression

Feb. 4, 2016 — Depression can be a devastating and unremitting problem. Researchers now report successful reduction of depressive symptoms in patients using a novel non-invasive method of vagus nerve stimulation, ... read more

Targeting the Mind/body Connection in Stress

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research used cutting-edge brain imaging technologies to determine that the brain function responsible for regulating our stress response can also produce a personal profile of resilience to ... read more

Head Injury Patients Develop Brain Clumps Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 3, 2016 — Scientists have revealed that protein clumps associated with Alzheimer's disease are also found in the brains of people who have had a head ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new study helps explain how fruit flies get their keen sense of smell. Researchers have identified a set of genetic control switches that interact early in a fly's development to generate ... read more

Brain Formation Pattern Shows Why Early Trauma May Leave No Clues

Feb. 3, 2016 — Early nerve networks set patterns in the developing brain, but are then replaced by more mature networks that convert sensory information into thoughts, a new study ... read more

Difficult Grammar Affects Music Experience

Feb. 3, 2016 — Reading and listening to music at the same time affects how you hear the ... read more

Newly Identified Syndrome Causes Obesity, Intellectual Disability

Feb. 3, 2016 — Genetic scientists have discovered a new genetic syndrome of obesity, over-eating, mental and behavioral problems in six families, from across the world. The researchers used zebrafish models to ... read more

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