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.

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.  

Norbert Myslinski Receives 2016 SfN Science Educator Award

November 14, 2016

Each year at its annual meeting, the Society for Neuroscience recognizes outstanding neuroscientists who have strongly added to public education and awareness about the field. The Dana Foundation sponsors these awards. This year’s award was presented to Dr. Norbert Myslinski, professor of Neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and founder of the International Brain Bee.

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