Neuroscience

Silence is golden when it comes to how our brains work

Silence is golden when it comes to how our brains work

It's the comparative silence between the firing spikes of neurons that tells what they are really up to, scientists report. "The brain appears to use...
Brain matures faster because of childhood stress

Brain matures faster because of childhood stress

Stress in early childhood leads to faster maturation of certain brain regions during adolescence. In contrast, stress experienced later in life leads to slower maturation...
EEG can decide whether drugs or a talk therapy is better for a depression patient

EEG can decide whether drugs or a talk therapy is better for a depression...

People react differently to positive events in their lives. For some, a small reward can have a large impact on their mood, while others may...
gut instinct

‘Gut instinct’ may have been the GPS of human ancestors

Ask anyone if they remember where they ate the juiciest burger, the sweetest cupcake or the smoothest bisque, and they probably can describe the...
Why smoking and diabetes can hurt your memory function

Why smoking and diabetes can hurt your memory function

People who smoke or have diabetes may be at increased risk of calcifications in a region of the brain crucial to memory, according to...
Researchers study the brain of a blind woman who can see motion

The brain of a blind woman who can see motion

Neuroscientists at Western University's Brain and Mind Institute, have confirmed and detailed a rare case of a blind woman able to see objects—but only...
How social isolation transforms the brain

How social isolation transforms the brain

A particular neural chemical is overproduced during long-term social isolation, causing increased aggression and fear. Chronic social isolation has debilitating effects on mental health in...
Scientists discover schizophrenia gene roles in brain development

Scientists discover schizophrenia gene roles in brain development

USC research team identified 150 proteins affecting cell activity and brain development that contribute to mental disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar condition and depression. It’s the...
How to keep your memory sharp

How to keep memory sharp

As you grow older, you tend to forget things. Memory loss not only can bring inconvenience to your daily life, but also a sign of...
Artificial nerves could let robots get touchy-feely

Artificial nerves could let robots get touchy-feely

Researchers have developed an artificial sensory nerve system that can activate the twitch reflex in a cockroach and identify letters in the Braille alphabet. The...