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July 7, 2015

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July 7, 2015 — How much a child's pupil dilates in response to seeing an emotional image can predict his or her risk of depression over the next two years, according to new ... read more

REM Sleep Critical for Young Brain Development; Medication Interferes

July 3, 2015 — Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of ... read more

Water to Understand the Brain

July 2, 2015 — To observe the brain in action, scientists and physicians use imaging techniques, among which functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is the best known. These techniques are not based on direct ... read more

Intrusiveness of Old Emotional Memories Can Be Reduced by Computer Game Play Procedure

July 2, 2015 — Unwanted, intrusive visual memories are a core feature of stress- and trauma-related clinical disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but they can also crop up in everyday life. New ... read more

July 2, 2015 — When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New research has now revealed how this might happen in the brain. The study shows that ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A new pair of brain-imaging studies suggest that researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or risky sexual behavior in response to stress. The ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Scientists report the discovery of a neural circuit in the mouse olfactory bulb that explains how our mammalian cousins (and by extension, we) are able to dial down powerful odor signals sampled from ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A study reveals how the hippocampus contributes to social behavior. The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others ... read more

July 1, 2015 — In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better ... read more

Doing Good Deeds Helps Socially Anxious People Relax

July 1, 2015 — Being busy with acts of kindness can help people who suffer from social anxiety to mingle more ... read more

Sleep Deprivation Could Reduce Intrusive Memories of Traumatic Scenes

July 1, 2015 — A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong ... read more

How the Stress Hormone Cortisol Reinforces Traumatic Memories

July 1, 2015 — The stress hormone cortisol strengthens memories of scary experiences. However, it is effective not only while the memory is being formed for the first time, but also later when people look back at ... read more

People With Epilepsy Can Benefit from Smartphone Apps to Manage Their Condition

July 1, 2015 — While many people with epilepsy can control their seizures with medication, those unpredictable and involuntary changes in behavior and consciousness can be limiting for others. Neurologists ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Researchers develop a computer model to explain how nerve cell connections form in the visual cortex. When newborn babies open their eyes for the first time, they already possess nerve cells ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A new study provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring's brains starting before ... read more

Innovative Imaging Study Shows That the Spinal Cord Learns on Its Own

June 30, 2015 — The spinal cord engages in its own learning of motor tasks independent of the brain, according to an innovative imaging study. The results of the study may offer new opportunities for rehabilitation ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The first study of its kind measuring the brain's role in mediating caloric intake following alcohol consumption among women shows that alcohol exposure sensitizes the brain's response to ... read more

Sialic Acid: Key to Unlocking Brain Disorders

June 30, 2015 — A common molecule found in higher animals, including humans, affects brain structure, researchers report. They found that mice that had altered sialic acid attachment had significant neurological ... read more

June 30, 2015 — The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus -- the part of the brain most associated with forming new memories -- than healthy individuals, a new global ... read more

Children from High Conflict Homes Process Emotion Differently, Could Face Social Challenges

June 29, 2015 — Children of parents who are frequently in conflict process emotional interactions differently and may face social challenges later in life compared with children from low conflict homes. The findings ... read more

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