Month: October 2019

Neuroplasticity In Action

Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change under the influence of experience and activities. Neuroplasticity used to be thought of as a limited phenomenon, mostly restricted to the early years of life. More recently it has been demonstrated that neuroplasticity continues throughout life

Making “New” Neurons for Recovery After Brain Injury

New research effort is taking the concept of neuroplasticity further — looking at diseased and injured brains that have permanently lost neurons. The effort, led by neuroscientist Magdalena Götz, explores whether “astrocytes” — non-neuronal, structural cells in the brain, can be reprogrammed to take up

The Creative Brain: Why Do We Create?

Where does creativity come from? It’s a question that’s left us mystified for centuries at the way writers make metaphors or sculptors render clay into arches and statues — and even neuroscientists aren’t quite sure how to explain it. Dr. David Eagleman shows how we’ve only begun to scratch the surface

Combating Poverty Worldwide: How Neuroscientists Can Help

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that living in poverty might actually be quite expensive — at least in terms of health and development. In addition to the harrowing stress that comes along with being poor, the effects may be more deep-rooted — halting brain development in children.

Juggling Responsibilities: Does Multitasking Retrain the Brain?

If you’re like most people, you probably take pride in multitasking. You can simultaneously watch TV, check social media channels, text a friend, and listen to music. It may feel as if you’re getting a lot done, but research shows your brain has trouble keeping up.

The Brain-Gut Connection: A Q&A with Dr. Emeran Mayer

Hailed as a pioneer of brain and gut research, Dr. Emeran Mayer has published hundreds of original manuscripts as well as co-edits and chapter contributions. He is a specialist in mind-brain-body interactions, and focuses on the interactions of the brain and the digestive system specifically.

Managing Mental Health on College Campuses

Though psychological and mental health problems have been a part of our social fabric for centuries, the past few years have seen a significant uptick in the reported occurrences of depression, bipolar disorder, and other similar ailments among American college students.

Daniel Kahneman on the Marvels and Flaws of Our Human Intuition

A psychologist by training, Daniel Kahneman has never taken a course in economics; yet he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. How did that happen? He says his work came about from two conversations. His late colleague Amos Tversky showed him a paper called

The Spotless Mind: The Possibilities of Memory-Erasing

More than 5 million people in the United States alone suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and they live in constant fear of their own memories. But what if the emotional response to that memory could be erased? Or, better yet, the memory itself?

A Revolutionarily Simple Solution to Bullying

Recent school bullying and cyberbullying statistics show that one out of four kids are bullied; one in five students admit to being a bully, or doing some bullying; 160,000 students miss school each day for fear of being bullied; 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month

Neuroscience is Unlocking Mysteries of the Teenage Brain

Many neuroscience studies have now established that there are significant changes happening in the brain in adolescence. And the things that teenagers are often derided for — like their risk taking and vulnerability to peer pressure — are actually rooted in changes occurring in the brain. There’s just one problem with

Where Beauty Lights Up the Brain: An Interview with Dr. Semir Zeki

The French have an expression, chacun à son goût, which means “to each his own taste.” This can apply to most anything from clothes and cars to choice of intimates and serves as a viable way to shrug off a difference of opinion. Can the subjective experience of beauty which leads to desire be traced to

How Hormones Help Your Body

The body produces the chemicals we call hormones to control all kinds of body functions. Glands, the organs that secrete hormones, make up the endocrine system, which helps to regulate functions such as growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Imagine hormones as the Pony Express of the body

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