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Depression and Alzheimer’s

6 days ago

Increasingly, Alzheimer’s disease research has focused on the preclinical stage, when people have biological evidence of Alzheimer’s but…
Drugs commonly taken to improve cognition only boost short-term focus – at high cost

August 12, 2019

The use of prescription stimulants by those without medically diagnosed conditions marks a growing trend among young adults…
Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggs

July 24, 2019

 Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the…
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Research Identifies New Pathways for Sensory Learning in the Brain

July 19, 2019

We’ve all heard the saying that individuals learn at their own pace. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have…
How expectation influences perception

July 19, 2019

For decades, research has shown that our perception of the world is influenced by our expectations. These expectations,…
What Does Tiredness Do to Your Driving?

July 17, 2019

Alcohol and drugs are often assumed to be behind impaired driving. Yet, sleep deprivation, which can affect as…
HIV Persists in Spinal Fluid, Linked to Cognition Problems

July 17, 2019

Even after nearly a decade of strict HIV treatment, cells sheltering the virus could be found in the…
HIV DNA that lingers in spinal fluid may be linked to cognitive problems

July 16, 2019

Even in patients who receive long-term anti-retroviral treatment, cells containing HIV remain in the cerebrospinal fluid of half…
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) may prevent cognitive decline

July 15, 2019

High intensity interval training (HIIT) may be doing more than just keeping you fit and strong – it…
People who ‘microdose’ psychedelic substances report improved mood and focus

July 15, 2019

A University of Toronto Mississauga researcher and his colleagues have “uncovered high potential research avenues” for assessing the…
Genetic variation linked to cognitive differences after radiation for pediatric medulloblastoma

July 10, 2019

Long-term cognitive problems are a frequent side effect in children undergoing life-saving radiation therapy for medulloblastoma – the…
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Rosy health and sickly green: color associations play robust role in reading faces

July 9, 2019

Anyone who has ever sensed that a person is sick simply by looking at their face has experienced…
Why can we see moving objects against their backgrounds?

July 3, 2019

Visual motion is an important source of information for separating objects from their backgrounds. A spider camouflaged against…
Learning from experience is all in the timing

June 27, 2019

As animals explore their environment, they learn to master it. By discovering what sounds tend to precede predatorial…
Study Ties Poor Sleep to Reduced Memory Performance in Older Adults

June 25, 2019

A new study has found that variability in night-to-night sleep time and reduced sleep quality adversely affect the…
Scientists found two pathways responsible for our 3D vision

June 24, 2019

Our 3-dimensional world is a challenge to our eyes and brains. In order to complete various tasks, such…
Screen Time & the Brain

June 20, 2019

Whether we like it or not, digital devices are everywhere. Some of us can barely put them down,…
New toolkit guides health-care professionals to assess dementia in a new way

June 20, 2019

University of Alberta-led research is revolutionizing the way health professionals assess the decision-making capacity of seniors in Edmonton…
The fractal brain, from a single neuron’s perspective

June 18, 2019

Hacking into brain signals may be more straightforward than once thought. Physicists studying the brain at Washington University…
Aging delayed in older mice given blood component from young mice

June 18, 2019

An enzyme in blood of young mice extends life span. New research has identified a novel approach to…
Looking at cognitive triggers for extremist violence through brain scans

June 17, 2019

In a new journal article, a team of scientists led by Scott Atran, an adjunct research professor at…
Experts Say Video Gaming Helps Improve Your Brain Size and Connectivity

June 6, 2019

Recent studies focused on the benefits of playing video games revealed how long-term gaming increases brain size and…
How Learning and Decision-Making Share a Common Underlying Brain Mechanism

May 27, 2019

In a pair of recently published papers, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, along with local and international collaborators,…
Names prompt distinct brain activity in preschoolers

May 24, 2019

A study from Penn and CHOP found that when preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder hear their name, their…
How we make complex decisions

May 22, 2019

When making a complex decision, we often break the problem down into a series of smaller decisions. For…
Easy on the Eyes

May 9, 2019

Computer program reveals what neurons in the visual cortex prefer to look at. Why do our eyes tend…
Unraveling Cannabinoids

May 2, 2019

Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of Harvard University and MIT, has made gifts to both alma maters to…
You would want to control what people are thinking? You can’t even control your own thoughts

April 30, 2019

Mind control is a fascinating subject. We would love to be able to change what others are thinking…
Team finds mouse brain area that links sounds to rewards

April 23, 2019

University of Oregon scientists researching the basics of how sound processing contributes to behavior have identified a portion…
Overabundance of Information is Narrowing our Collective Attention Span, Research Shows

April 15, 2019

The deleterious effects of social media and hectic news cycles on our collective attention span have up until…
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