Month: March 2019

Neurotoxins and the Developing Brain

We have long known that there is a critical period during a child’s development during which the brain is considerably more malleable than an adult’s brain. In other words, outside influences — both positive and negative — have a much greater impact on neuronal formation and function from gestation to

Know Your Brain: How Trauma Affects Memory

Why are we just hearing about this now? The question is all too familiar when it comes to dealing with sexual misconduct. Those who say it still think it’s an important point, that those who suffered should have come forward when the abuse happened — as if there is a right time for accusations like the ones made publicly

Two Left Feet? You Might Be Gliding Without Enough GABA

You may blame your two left feet on your cerebellum, or your genetics. But maybe, it’s your GABA that’s to blame. Whether you’ve got moves like Jagger, or you lose your balance like Larry and Moe, scientists have learned that GABA — a neurotransmitter that plays a role in the motor cortex — rise and fall when learning

Making A Difference: An Interview with Dr. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam

Recognized in 2013 as one of Norway’s 10 brightest minds is the neuroscientist and human rights defender Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. Fleeing Iran in 1985, at the age of 14, with his family, the experience of coming to Norway as a refugee has shaped a great deal of Amiry-Moghaddam’s work. In addition to co-founding

Has Standardized Testing Run Its Course?

The human brain is the most multifaceted biological puzzle in the known universe; consequently, it is enormously difficult to simultaneously assess the knowledge, skills, and content understanding of large quantities of individuals with standardized testing alone. Regardless, for the past decade and a half

From A to B: How Our Brains Navigate The Subway

To most New Yorkers, navigating the subway might be second nature, in a city where 4.3 million people are transported through its tunnels, daily — but it took me some time to learn the difference between uptown and downtown, let alone to figure out how to make it past the turnstile. How do we turn ourselves into

Trust And Communication Can Help “Helicopter Parents” Land Safely

Known as “helicopter parents” for the way they hover around their children’s lives, are those parents that monitor their children’s behavior obsessively, looking for any chance of problems or issues. Many studies have likened parental engagement in a child’s education with better grades, less substance abuse, and increase

Our Musical Birdbrains: Why Do Birds (And Humans) Sing?

Birds are perhaps the most admired of creatures in the animal kingdom. Their beautiful plumage dazzles the eye, and their ability to fly evokes a sense of awe. They have been the subject of innumerable poems and have appeared in the art of virtually every culture since the earliest cave paintings

Lighting Up The Brain with SPECT

Physicians who evaluate patients with abnormal behavior have access to new technologies that provide functional images of the brain. These images provide new insight into the nature of their disorders, and contribute to the decisions leading to appropriate treatment. Brain SPECT

How Climate Change Affects Our Brains

Call it what you want — global warming or climate change — but we can all agree that it isn’t beneficial for anyone. In fact, the latest studies are beginning to show just how much of an impact climate change has had in the past, is currently having, and may have on the way human beings evolve in the future.

The Violent Brain: Ingredients of a Mass Murderer

Researchers have posed the same questions and, with recent scientific advancements, have been able to note personality-based, neurological, and even genetic-based commonalities in these violent individuals. Most experts will agree that there isn’t a single determining factor that creates a mass murderer, but when

Psychology Of Investing: 5 Things To Be Aware Of

From a fairly young age, most of us are advised that we need to learn how to invest. We’re taught that this is just about the only responsible way to handle regular income and personal financial planning, even if many of us are never really instructed beyond this vague idea. Thus, for many at least, investing becomes

Know Your Brain: Create Models and Getting A Look Inside

So where do we begin? While great strides have been made in functional MRI technology over the last two decades, having constant access to the equipment is something of a tall order, as would be the question of how accurately these technologies reflect brain activity that happens when such equipment is not present.

Happiness from a Parent’s Perspective

Most of us can recall, as children, waiting anxiously for a promised treat from a parent or grandparent. The classic 1972 experiment by Walter Mischel of Stanford University found that only one-third of children were able to delay for 15 minutes eating a single marshmallow, while left alone with it

Why Do We Love? The Science of Our Oldest Drive

The reason love is so hard to pin down scientifically isn’t just because it takes so many different forms (between friends, parents and offspring, pets, etc.) but because it’s not so much a part of the evolutionary urge as we first assumed. Some romantic love — like homosexuality, or the schoolyard crush we experience

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