January 18, 2017

Why would being good at mental arithmetic make you good at managing your feelings?

Tracing Familial Risk of Mental Illness

January 3, 2017

How much is genetic? How much environment? Is having a depressive mother a sentence of depression? Scientists tease out hints and hope for more to help find children at most risk.

Reforming Forensics

December 19, 2016

Fingerprint analysis and eyewitness testimony can be clouded by bias to the point that they incriminate innocent people, said Thomas Albright during a lecture at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Neuroscience can offer possible antidotes.

Beyond Biological Heritability in Mental Health

December 15, 2016

Researchers at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting describe epigenetic influences on non-human offspring of various kinds of stress, from obesity to anxiety.

Exercise Benefits the Healthy and Diseased Brain

December 12, 2016

At the recent Society for Neuroscience conference, researchers describe how increased movement can improve measures of brain volume and white-matter connections, as well as easing certain symptoms in people with schizophrenia and Parkinson’s.

Parsing the Contradictions: Marijuana and the Brain

December 6, 2016

In the US, many states have legalized pot use without waiting for the science. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers scrambling to catch up described possible mechanisms and potential uses for compounds found in the plant.

Mapping Spatial Navigation Abilities

December 1, 2016

First data from massive online way-finding game highlights differences across sex and geography. Someday, an app such as this might help identify people sliding into dementia.

What is Enough? Sensory Experience and Brain Development

November 29, 2016

“Over” stimulation may offer benefits and dangers, research in rodents presented at the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

Sorting Out the Links Between Menopause and Memory Decline

November 21, 2016

New study suggests that memory changes in women in mid-life might be influenced by dropping hormonal levels.

Hormonal Contraception Linked to Increased Risk of Depression

November 16, 2016

A longitudinal study in Denmark shows many young women who were prescribed hormonal treatments were also prescribed first treatments for depression soon after.  

Predicting Risk, Targeting Attention

November 7, 2016

At a recent NYAS symposium, researchers discuss combining biological data—and implementing app-based tracking--to improve diagnoses.

How Are Direct-to-Consumer-Advertisements Changing Psychiatric Drug Use?

October 31, 2016

It’s hard to say, because so few studies have looked at it. A review of the available research suggests people do ask for a drug they’ve seen advertised on TV—and doctors do give it to them.

Could Shared Medical Conditions Offer Insights into Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders?

October 25, 2016

People with neuro-troubles often also have the same additional physical ailments. Seeking genetic clusters for both might open new paths to treatments.

The Revival of Brain PET

October 17, 2016

The development of new ‘radiotracers’ that bind to different proteins has opened a window into synaptic pruning, neurogenesis in the living human brain.

Closing the Language Skills Gap Among Children

October 11, 2016

Many children are at a disadvantage even before they walk into an early Head Start or pre-K program.What do we know and what can be done to mitigate the long-term effects of this deficit? A researcher, an outreach specialist, and a federal official discussed data,programs, and policy during a recent forum in Washington, DC.

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