Informing Education with Neuroscience

April 23, 2017

Teachers want to take advantage of what we’ve learned about the brain and learning, but don’t always know how to tell what is solid science. Researchers at BNA 2017 Festival of Neuroscience described studies in classrooms themselves that show promise.

Motivational Disorders in Brain Conditions

April 19, 2017

People with a variety of disorders, from neurological to psychiatric, share troubles with motivation, especially apathy and impulsivity. Scientists described how they are connecting the dots between symptoms and brain mechanisms during the BNA2017 Festival of Neuroscience.

How Dishonesty Can Snowball

April 18, 2017

Once people start lying, they are often more willing to lie for higher and higher stakes. Some of their willingness is due to external factors, but a new line of research is teasing out internal factors, as well.

Preventing PTSD: A New Use for Ketamine?

April 13, 2017

The drug has shown promise in treating depression and extinguishing fearful memories. Could it also prevent the descent from fearful memory to full-blown disorder?

The Deprived Brain

April 11, 2017

Children who lag cognitively after spending time in orphanages can make up the difference by young adulthood, suggest two longitudinal studies, but some behavior and emotional issues remain—or even increase. This suggests that environmental influences might lead to disorders with or without genetic precursors.

More Clues How the Brain’s ‘Other Cells’ Change As We Age

March 21, 2017

The actions of astrocytes and oligodendrocytes vary from region to region, suggesting that these cells function somewhat differently in each area. But as we age, a new study suggests such regional differences become less marked.

Air Pollution Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

March 2, 2017

Researchers find effects of exhaust fume particles in people who live close to busy roadways, even children.

How Brain-Machine Interfaces Engage Neural Plasticity

February 15, 2017

The brain adapts as it interacts with prosthetics driven by thought, which in turn may mean prosthetics need to adapt as well.

Searching for Effective Interventions in Dyslexia

February 1, 2017

Experimental trials of methods of sound discrimination and visual discrimination suggest new methods to try to help children read.

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.

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