Psyche & Brain
 

Switching Brain Circuits On and Off Without Surgery
In the maze of our brains, there are various pathways by which neural signals travel. These pathways can go awry in patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases... full story »

Mutation in Gene That's Critical for Human Development Linked to Arrhythmia
The biologic and genetic mechanisms controlling the formation and function of the CCS are not well understood, but new research with mice shows that altered function of a gene called Tbx3 interferes with the development of the CCS and causes lethal arrhythmia.... full story »

Crucial Advances in 'Brain Reading' Demonstrated
At UCLA's Laboratory of Integrative Neuroimaging Technology, researchers use functional MRI brain scans to observe brain signal changes that take place during mental activity. ... full story »

New Strain of Lab Mice Mimics Human Alcohol Consumption Patterns
A line of laboratory mice developed by a researcher from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) drinks more alcohol than other animal models and consumes it in a fashion similar to humans... full story »

Antioxidant Has Potential in the Alzheimer's Fight
When you cut an apple and leave it out, it turns brown. Squeeze the apple with lemon juice, an antioxidant, and the process slows down.... full story »

Whole New Meaning for Thinking On Your Feet: Brains of Small Spiders Overflow Into Legs
Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs.... full story »

Ability to Love Takes Root in Earliest Infancy
The ability to trust, love, and resolve conflict with loved ones starts in childhood -- way earlier than you may think. ... full story »

Scientists Point to Link Between Missing Synapse Protein and Abnormal Behaviors
Although many mental illnesses are uniquely human, animals sometimes exhibit abnormal behaviors similar to those seen in humans with psychological disorders.... full story »

Big, Little, Tall and Tiny: Learning Spatial Terms Improves Children's Spatial Skills
Preschool children who hear their parents describe the size and shape of objects and then use those words themselves perform better on tests of their spatial skills, researchers at the University of Chicago have found.... full story »

First Realistic 3-D Reconstruction of a Brain Circuit
Researchers from the lab of Nobel laureate Bert Sakmann, MD, PhD at the Max Planck Florida Institute (MPFI) are reporting that, using a conceptually new approach and state-of-the-art research tools, they have created the first realistic three-dimensional diagram of a thalamocortical column in the rodent brain.... full story »

'Matrix'-Style Effortless Learning? Vision Scientists Demonstrate Innovative Learning Method
New research published December 8 in the journal Science suggests it may be possible to use brain technology to learn to play a piano, reduce mental stress or hit a curve ball with little or no conscious effort.... full story »

Can Fetus Sense Mother's Psychological State? Study Suggests Yes
As a fetus grows, it's constantly getting messages from its mother. It's not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta.... full story »

How Chronic Stress Short-Circuits Parenting
In the best of circumstances, raising a toddler is a daunting undertaking. But parents under long-term stress often find it particularly challenging to tap into the patience, responsiveness, and energy required for effective child rearing.... full story »

Form and Function: New MRI Technique to Diagnose or Rule out Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found a new way of diagnosing and tracking Alzheimer's disease, using an innovative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique. ... full story »

Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer's Disease, Study Finds
People who eat baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis may be improving their brain health and reducing their risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease... full story »

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