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December 14, 2018

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December 14, 2018

Dec. 12, 2018 — Researchers have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire based on changes in shape. The method could be used to observe nerve activity in light-accessible parts of the ... read more

Ritalin Drives Greater Connection Between Brain Areas Key to Memory, Attention

Dec. 12, 2018 — Scientists have described increased connections between key parts of the brains of monkeys who have taken methylphenidate ... read more

How Bullying Affects the Structure of the Teen Brain

Dec. 12, 2018 — The effects of constantly being bullied are more than just psychological. Research now shows that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly ... read more

Resting Easy: Oxygen Promotes Deep, Restorative Sleep

Dec. 12, 2018 — Exposure to high levels of oxygen encourages the brain to remain in deep, restorative sleep, according to a new ... read more

New Method for Studying ALS More Effectively

Dec. 12, 2018 — The neurodegenerative disease ALS causes motor neuron death and paralysis. However, long before the cells die, they lose contact with the muscles as their axons atrophy. Researchers have now devised ... read more

Developing Brains of Premature Babies Benefit from Caffeine Therapy

Dec. 12, 2018 — New research shows early caffeine treatment of premature babies born less than 29 weeks' gestation has no long-term negative effects on brain ... read more

Attention, Please! Anticipation of Touch Takes Focus, Executive Skills

Dec. 12, 2018 — A study examines what happens in children's brains when they anticipate a touch to the hand, and relates this brain activity to the executive functions the child demonstrates on other mental ... read more

Brain Activity Shows Development of Visual Sensitivity in Autism

Dec. 11, 2018 — Research investigating how the brain responds to visual patterns in people with autism has shown that sensory responses change between childhood and ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Scientists who recently identified the molecular start of Alzheimer's disease have used that finding to determine that it should be possible to forecast which type of dementia will develop over ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — Returning to the context where a memory was formed temporarily brings back vivid details of the episode by increasing the electrical excitability of the engrams that store the memory in the brain, a ... read more

Dec. 11, 2018 — According to some estimates, up to one in three people around the world may experience severe anxiety in their lifetime. Researchers have now revealed a previously unknown mechanism underlying ... read more

Improved Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Dec. 11, 2018 — Traumatic experiences can become deeply entrenched in a person's memory. How can fears following a traumatic event be reduced in the long term and prevented from becoming a permanent ... read more

Attention Training Improves Intelligence and Functioning of Children's Brain

Dec. 11, 2018 — Being able to voluntarily regulate our attention is crucial for mental processes such as intelligence and learning in children. With this in mind, researchers have carried out a study in which they ... read more

Meditation Adapts the Brain to Respond Better to Feedback

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to ... read more

Using Water Molecules to Unlock Neurons' Secrets

Dec. 11, 2018 — Researchers have developed a method to observe the electrical activity of neurons by analyzing the behavior of surrounding water molecules. This simple and non-invasive method, which could eliminate ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — Neurons in the brain and spinal cord don't grow back after injury, unlike those in the rest of the body. Now, researchers have identified some of the key steps taken by nerves in the legs as ... read more

Dec. 10, 2018 — New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic ... read more

Optimal Blood Pressure Treatment for Stroke Patients

Dec. 10, 2018 — Aggressive treatment of hypertension in stroke patients could do more harm than good in the long term, according to a new ... read more

Some Brain Tumors May Respond to Immunotherapy

Dec. 10, 2018 — A new study suggests that a slow-growing brain tumor arising in patients affected by neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) may be vulnerable to immunotherapy, which gives the immune system a boost in ... read more

Dopamine's Yin-Yang Personality: It's an Upper and a Downer

Dec. 10, 2018 — Dopamine has a reputation as the key player in the brain's reward circuits, making us seek out pleasurable experiences, but growing evidence points to a multipronged role for the ... read more

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