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April 30, 2016

Consumers Reveal Barriers to Brain-Training App-Iness

Apr. 27, 2016 — The preconceptions and concerns of young US consumers about brain-training smartphone apps are examined in a new scientific study. The work investigated why consumers decide to download these apps, ... read more

Emotion Detector: Facial Expression Recognition to Improve Learning, Gaming

Apr. 27, 2016 — A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research describes such a system that is ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — Why does addiction vulnerability differ from individual to individual? For the first time, scientists have shown in selectively bred animals that the propensity for addiction is linked to differences ... read more

Measuring Happiness on Social Media

Apr. 27, 2016 — Happiness. It's something we all strive for, but how do we measure it--as a country? A global community? Computer scientists used two years of Twitter data to measure users' life ... read more

Researchers Find Brain Circuit That Controls Binge Drinking

Apr. 26, 2016 — Researchers have identified a circuit between two brain regions that controls alcohol binge drinking, offering a more complete picture on what drives a behavior that costs the United States more than ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — The Allen Institute for Brain Science has announced major updates to its online resources available at brain-map.org, including a new resource on Aging, Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury. The ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study suggests that ravens can be as clever as chimpanzees, despite having much smaller brains, indicating that rather than the size of the brain, the neuronal density and the structure of the ... read more

Abnormally Low Blood Flow Indicates Damage to NFL Players' Brains

Apr. 26, 2016 — The discovery of brain pathology through autopsy in former National Football League (NFL) players called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has raised substantial concern among players, medical ... read more

Immuno-Psychiatry: When Your Body Makes Its Own 'Angel Dust'

Apr. 26, 2016 — A new study reports structural brain damage from an autoimmune encephalitis that impairs behavior in ways that are somewhat similar to the effects of "angel dust". The body sometimes makes ... read more

New Light Shed on Causes of Movement Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

Apr. 26, 2016 — A possible cause has been found for the disrupted communication between brain cells exhibited by Parkinson's patients. Researchers have discovered that this group of patients have increased ... read more

Apr. 26, 2016 — Anxiety and depression are two of the most frequently occurring mental disorders worldwide. Light-activated nerve cells may indicate how they are formed, report ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Children whose mothers were nurturing during the preschool years, as opposed to later in childhood, have more robust growth in brain structures associated with learning, memory and stress response ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — For some types of autism, gastrointestinal problems may originate from the same genetic changes that lead to the behavioral and social characteristics of the condition, report researchers after ... read more

Regenerating Brain Tissue Brings Hope for a New Treatment Against Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s

Apr. 25, 2016 — Researchers developed a nanogel that enables the growth of new neurons. Working with animal models, researchers were able to cross the electroencephalic barrier, introduce a nanogel and achieve the ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Could bacteria in your gut be used to cure or prevent neurological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or even depression? Two researchers think that's a strong ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Astrocytes help control the strength of connections between neurons, new research shows. The study used cultured cells and brain slices to show that astrocytes in the hippocampus regulate changes in ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — New research shows that play sessions with music improved babies' brain processing of both music and new speech ... read more

Apr. 25, 2016 — Repeated impacts to the heads of high school football players cause measurable changes in their brains, even when no concussion occurs, according to new ... read more

Meaning of Brain Scans for 'Pain' Called Into Question

Apr. 25, 2016 — Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after researchers saw such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. The study was designed to ... read more

Research Shows Certain Genes, in Healthy Environments, Can Lengthen Lifespan

Apr. 22, 2016 — Researchers have discovered how a gene in the brain's dopamine system can play an important role in prolonging lifespan: it must be coupled with a healthy environment that includes ... read more

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