February 25, 2014
Poverty and Cognition: How the Poor Get Poorer
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It's a trend that every free society says it wants to reduce or reverse, in favor of greater socioeconomic equality.
But how? Rich people tend to be smarter than poor pe
February 20, 2014
a recent memorial symposium for Italian neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini,
colleagues recounted her discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) and explained
its significance to potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and brain
February 12, 2014
Researchers develop genetic “structure corrector” that
unfolds misfolded protein apoE4 in mice into shape of its helpful sibling,
apoE3. If it works in people, that protein change might improve healing for a
range of brain injuries.
February 6, 2014
A single day of drug treatment before birth reportedly prevents an autism-like condition in two different rodent models
January 23, 2014
Have we tipped too far in considering addiction a disease of only the brain, with no reference to the outside world? Some addiction researchers say yes.
January 13, 2014
Researchers tap into the brain’s intricate circuitry as it draws and judges its work.
January 13, 2014
Researchers are developing a host of new PET-scan tracers for proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases
December 30, 2013
New research suggests that ‘eudaimonic well-being’ might dampen harmful inflammation and delay Alzheimer’s
December 23, 2013
To tease out what distinguishes the aging brain from the diseased brain, researchers are collecting reams of data, from types of neurons in the brain to changes in people’s behavior.
December 19, 2013
A cell-protecting response that stays active for too long appears to be a significant cause of brain-cell death in mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases—and scientists now want to develop drugs to reverse the process.
December 16, 2013
Interest is high in using DBS to treat a variety of psychiatric diseases, but the surgical technique is young and clunky. Grants from the military and other initiatives will help researchers better pinpoint target areas to help more patients.
December 12, 2013
Defendants are “blaming the brain” not only to mitigate sentences after conviction, but in their defense, of crimes from homicide to fraud. At the recent Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, Nita Farahany described the types of cases where neuro-evidence is already being used.
December 9, 2013
The number and frequency of cut-and-paste errors in DNA is higher in the brains of people with dementia and some mental disorders, but it’s not yet clear if that is a cause, effect, or neither.
December 2, 2013
High-schoolers who had only two years of music training got faster and did better at understanding speech in noise than peers who took a ROTC course instead. These skills are important for reading as well as understanding spoken language.
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November 26, 2013
People who studied music as children—and stopped when they were children—performed better at some hearing tasks decades later than those who never studied music.