Some of the Latest Mind & Brain Research – from Science Daily
  • Offbeat brainwaves during sleep make older adults forget December 15, 2017
    Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new research.
  • Mild traumatic brain injury causes long-term damage in mice December 14, 2017
    A new study in mice found that mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) can precipitate not only acute damage but also a lifelong degenerative process.
  • Treatable Condition Could Be Mistaken for Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder December 13, 2017
    Researchers believe that a significant number of people diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may actually have a treatable immune system condition. A new research study could have a significant impact on the millions diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, including many homeless.
  • Fear of losing control and its role in anxiety disorders December 13, 2017
    Did you lock the front door? Did you double-check? Are you sure? If this sounds familiar, perhaps you can relate to people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Help may be on the way. New research sheds light on how the fear of losing control over thoughts and actions impacts OCD-related behavior, including checking.
  • Autism therapy: Social behavior restored via brain stimulation December 13, 2017
    Scientists are examining the feasibility of treating autistic children with neuromodulation after a new study showed social impairments can be corrected by brain stimulation.
  • Stuttering: Stop signals in the brain disturb speech flow December 12, 2017
    'G-g-g-g-g-ood morning' is a daily obstacle for people who stutter. However, so far, not much is known about the causes of persistent developmental stuttering, which is the most frequent speech disorder. Scientists have recently discovered that a hyperactive network in the right frontal part of the brain plays a crucial role in this deficit. It […]
  • Estrogen discovery could shed new light on fertility problems December 12, 2017
    Estrogen produced in the brain is necessary for ovulation in monkeys, according to researchers who have upended the traditional understanding of the hormonal cascade that leads to release of an egg from the ovaries. Their findings may reveal the cause of some undiagnosed infertility problems and point the way to new methods of birth control.
  • Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer December 12, 2017
    A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new study.
  • Your mood depends on the food you eat, and what you should eat changes as you get older December 12, 2017
    Diet and dietary practices differentially affect mental health in young adults versus older adults, according to new research.
  • Presurgical imaging may predict whether epilepsy surgery will work December 11, 2017
    A statistical approach to combining presurgical PET scans and functional MRI of the brain may help predict which patients with drug-resistant epilepsy are most likely to benefit from surgery.
  • How Zika virus induces congenital microcephaly December 11, 2017
    Epidemiological studies show that in utero fetal infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) may lead to microcephaly, an irreversible congenital malformation of the brain characterized by an incomplete development of the cerebral cortex. However, the mechanism of Zika virus-associated microcephaly remains unclear. Scientists have now identified a specific mechanism leading to this microcephaly.
  • Brain structure linked to hallucinations and musical aptitude December 11, 2017
    New research links brain structure to an individual's likelihood of experiencing hallucinations and to their musical aptitude. Participants with higher musical aptitude showed lower hallucination proneness.
  • Selecting sounds: How the brain knows what to listen to December 11, 2017
    How is it that we are able -- without any noticeable effort -- to listen to a friend talk in a crowded café or follow the melody of a violin within an orchestra? Scientists have developed a new approach to how the brain singles out a specific stream of sound from other distracting sounds.
  • Updated brain cell map connects various brain diseases to specific cell types December 11, 2017
    Researchers have developed new single-cell sequencing methods that could be used to map the cell origins of various brain disorders, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. By analyzing individual nuclei of cells from adult human brains, researchers have identified 35 different subtypes of neurons and glial cells and discovered which of these subtypes are […]
  • Twitter can reveal our shared mood December 11, 2017
    In the largest study of its kind, researchers have analyzed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day.