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July 23, 2016

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July 23, 2016

Brains of College Athletes With Prior Concussion Show Physical Changes Months, Years Later

July 21, 2016 — University athletes with a history of concussion had changes in the size, blood flow and connections in their brains months and even years after the injury -- changes not seen in athletes without ... read more

Glutamate Levels in the Brain May Be Linked to Alcohol Craving

July 20, 2016 — Craving consists of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral elements related to a desire to drink alcohol, and can be experienced during intoxication, withdrawal, and/or prior to relapse. Different ... read more

Scientists Apply New Imaging Tool to Common Brain Disorders

July 20, 2016 — A new approach has been developed to scanning the brain for changes in synapses that are associated with common brain disorders. The technique may provide insights into the diagnosis and treatment of ... read more

New Probe Developed for Improved High Resolution Measurement of Brain Temperature

July 20, 2016 — Scientists have created a new optical fiber-based probe capable of making pinpoint brain temperature measurements in moving lab ... read more

Molecular Messenger Helps Mice Find New Friends

July 20, 2016 — Meeting new people can be both stressful and rewarding. New research suggests that a molecule involved in regulating stress in the brain may also help determine how willing we are to leave the safety ... read more

Neuroscientists' Study Sheds Light on How Words Are Represented in the Brain

July 20, 2016 — Using direct neural recordings from the visual word form area, researchers were able to see words that patients read as the patients read ... read more

Higher-Income Students Have an Edge When It Comes to Working Memory

July 20, 2016 — Researchers have discovered important differences between lower and higher-income children in their ability to use working memory, a key brain function responsible for everything from remembering a ... read more

July 20, 2016 — The contact points of cells in the cerebral cortex form functional ... read more

Effectiveness of Treatment for Individuals With Brain Injury or Stroke

July 20, 2016 — New articles explore the effectiveness of several neurorehabilitation treatments for individuals with brain injury or stroke. A number of published articles have covered the issue of efficacy of ... read more

People Estimate Their Own Abilities Based on Others' Performance

July 20, 2016 — Ratings of our own abilities are strongly influenced by the performance of others, according to a new study. Interacting with high performers makes us feel more capable in cooperative team settings, ... read more

Changes in Brain Activity After Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in Adolescents

July 20, 2016 — Researchers are studying how cognitive therapy that uses mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, quiet reflection and facilitator-led discussion, may serve as an adjunct to pharmacological ... read more

FDA Approves Scalpel-Free Brain Surgery for Tremor

July 20, 2016 — The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor, the most common movement disorder, in patients who do not respond to medication. The ... read more

July 20, 2016 — The world around is complex and changing constantly. To put it in order, we devise categories into which we sort new concepts. To do this we apply different strategies. A team of researchers wanted ... read more

Antibody-Based Drug for Multiple Sclerosis

July 19, 2016 — A research team has developed an antibody with potential therapeutic effects against multiple sclerosis. The study paves the way for a new strategy to control the disease, say the ... read more

Is Fiction Good for You? How Researchers Are Trying to Find out

July 19, 2016 — It's assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Jane Eyre or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. A psychologist-novelist delves ... read more

Is Schizophrenia a Disorder of the Immune System?

July 19, 2016 — Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune ... read more

Body-Mind Meditation Can Boost Attention and Health, Lower Stress

July 18, 2016 — Meditation has long been promoted as a way to feel more at peace. But research shows it can significantly improve attention, working memory, creativity, immune function, emotional regulation, ... read more

July 18, 2016 — A new study on infantile memory formation in rats points to the importance of critical periods in early-life learning on functional development of the brain. The research reveals the significance of ... read more

Mental, Physical Exercises Produce Distinct Brain Benefits

July 18, 2016 — Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new ... read more

July 18, 2016 — Human intelligence is being defined and measured for the first time ever. It turns out that the more variable a brain is, and the more its different parts frequently connect with each other, the ... read more

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