Refining the Connections

September 20, 2016

Why do so many disorders, especially schizophrenia, develop in adolescence? University of Cambridge researchers find myelination increases even as gray matter decreases, in “normal” teens—especially in areas linking brain networks.

A Biophysical Theory of Beta Waves

September 12, 2016

In a new model, researchers at Brown University posit that one pattern of electrical activity, beta waves, may arise from the thalamus.

Mental illness, Violence, and Stigma: The Need for Accuracy in the Media

September 7, 2016

How tightly is violence tied to mental illness? Not as tight as US journalism makes it appear, researchers say.

Brain Link Established Between Stress and Type 2 Diabetes

August 16, 2016

Researchers describe sequence from distractibility to anxiety to inflammation to diabetes.

Decoding the Patterns in Sleep

August 11, 2016

Researchers at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen suggest that differences in sleep waves could reflect intelligence or disease states.

Seeking Clues to Stuttering Deep Within the Brain

August 8, 2016

People who stutter have no problems with memory, syntax, grammar, word finding, or articulation. Scientists theorized that there must be some extremely specific population of neurons somewhere in the brain that are affected.

Predicting Effects of Surgery on Cognition

July 25, 2016

At a recent NYAS conference, researchers compare notes, trying to suss out why so many older people show signs of delirium just after surgery, and to predict which ones will progress to longer-term dysfunction and earlier-onset dementia.

Will Neuroscience and Law Collide?

July 19, 2016

In his neuroethics lecture at the recent FENS forum, Steven Hyman described how what scientists have learned about conditions like schizophrenia and addiction suggests that they may strip a person’s agency, or “free will.” But data so far don’t yet reach the bar that law demands. 

A Bird’s Eye View of Sensory Perception

July 1, 2016

Q&A with Carl Petersen, head of the Laboratory of Sensory Processing at L’ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), who delivered the European Dana Alliance for the Brain (EDAB) / Max Cowan Special Lecture at the 10th FENS Forum of Neuroscience in Copenhagen. 


Growth Charts for Brain Development?

June 27, 2016

An early, prospective study suggests that pinpointing where children are on a scale of brain connectivity could tell doctors which child is at risk of developing problems.

The Sticking Power of Amyloid

June 21, 2016

Human tests on drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease by clearing amyloid beta clumps have shown mixed results at best. Some researchers now think prevention may be more feasible than cure.

Can Strong Communities Build Resilience in Military Children?

June 14, 2016

Research presented at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies meeting suggests that the number of mental-health diagnoses among children with parents in the military has increased in the past decade. Other research suggests that coordinated medical care and specific social supports might help all children thrive.

Seeking Answers to Addiction

June 9, 2016

Many of the presenters at the recent Aspen Brain Forum focused on the vulnerable period of adolescence, looking for markers of those most at risk.

The Neuroscience of Bedtime

May 24, 2016

Chronically rising too early or too late can lead to health troubles. 

Depression, the Placebo Effect, and the Brain

May 9, 2016

People who react strongly to placebos also react strongly to antidepressants, and vice versa, according to new research. Splitting clinical trials by reactor/nonreactor might help researchers better test a potential drug’s effectiveness.

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