Category Archives: Brain

For those who stutter, brain develops abnormally over lifespan

A region of the brain thought to control speech production develops abnormally in children who stutter-a pattern that persists into adulthood, according to new University of Alberta research. In the first study to use MRI imaging to examine brain development … Continue reading

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Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain: UCLA

Since 1970, life expectancy around the world has risen dramatically, with people living more than 10 years longer. That’s the good news. The bad news is that starting when people are in their mid-to-late-20s, the brain begins to wither — … Continue reading

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Brains of women, men are different: more evidence

New research by scientists at the University of Exeter and King’s College London has made significant progress towards understanding the complex process of prenatal human brain development. The study, published today in the journal Genome Research, examined changes in the … Continue reading

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Musical training protects the brain: new evidence from Canada

Toronto, CANADA - Scientists have found some of the strongest evidence yet that musical training in younger years can prevent the decay in speech listening skills in later life. According to a new Canadian study led by the Rotman Research … Continue reading

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Compulsive overeating and sugar addiction controlled by one brain circuit, just found by MIT researchers

Compulsive overeating and sugar addiction are major threats to human health, but potential treatments face the risk of impairing normal feeding behaviors that are crucial for survival. A study published January 29th in the journal Cell reveals a reward-related neural … Continue reading

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The brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience

In The Brain That Changes Itself, Norman Doidge described the most important breakthrough in our understanding of the brain in four hundred years: the brain can change its own structure and function in response to mental experience—what we call neuroplasticity. … Continue reading

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How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains

We live in a world unimaginable only decades ago: a domain of backlit screens, instant information, and vibrant experiences that can outcompete dreary reality. Our brave new technologies offer incredible opportunities for work and play. But at what price? Now … Continue reading

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Obese Children’s Brains More Responsive to Sugar

Newswise — A new study led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine finds that the brains of obese children literally light up differently when tasting sugar. Published online in International Journal of Obesity, the study … Continue reading

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Prehistoric conflict hastened human brain’s capacity for collaboration, study says

KNOXVILLE - Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals, according to a new … Continue reading

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Complex Jobs May Protect Memory and Thinking Later in Life

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – People whose jobs require more complex work with other people, such as social workers and lawyers, or with data, like architects or graphic designers, may end up having longer-lasting memory and thinking abilities compared to people … Continue reading

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Marijuana’s long-term effects on the brain

The effects of chronic marijuana use on the brain may depend on age of first use and duration of use, according to researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas. In a paper published today … Continue reading

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Anxiety can damage brain

Toronto, Canada - People with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of converting to Alzheimer’s disease within a few years, but a new study warns the risk increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety. The findings were reported … Continue reading

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High-fat diet postpones brain aging: university study

New Danish-led research suggests that signs of brain aging can be postponed in mice if placed on a high-fat diet. In the long term, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature aging and patients with Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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