Neuroscience

Hunger-controlling brain cells may help develop new obesity meds

Hunger-controlling brain cells may help develop new obesity meds

Is the solution to the obesity epidemic all in our heads? A study by researchers at The Rockefeller University suggests that it might be. "We...
How depression can muddle thinking

How depression can muddle thinking

Depression is associated with sadness, fatigue and a lack of motivation. But people with depression can also have trouble processing information and solving problems. Now...
Why doing housework can be good to your brain

Why doing housework can be good to your brain

Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity — such as housecleaning, walking a dog and gardening, as well as exercise — are associated with more...
Some neurons choose mom's gene and others choose dad's

Some neurons choose mom’s gene and others choose dad’s

For over a century, scientists have thought that most of our cells express genes from both parents' chromosomes relatively equally throughout life. But the biology...
When your attention shifts, your brain 'blinks'

When your attention shifts, your brain ‘blinks’

'Mind's eye blink' proves 'paying attention' is not just a figure of speech When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The...
Our Brain Can Detect Disease in Others Before It Breaks Out

Our brain can detect disease in others before it breaks out

Throughout human evolution, infectious diseases have become a primary cause of death. The human immune system plays a major role to reduce the harm of...
How therapy animals help those living with dementia

How therapy animals help those living with dementia

When I worked in long-term care facilities with those on their dementia journey, I saw the benefits of animal-assisted pet therapy firsthand. People living with...
Over time, marijuana use dampens brain’s response to reward

Over time, marijuana use dampens brain’s response to reward

Most people would get a little “rush” out of the idea that they’re about to win some money. If you could look into their...
How the brain's 'aha!' moment sheds light on biology of consciousness

How the brain’s ‘aha!’ moment sheds light on biology of consciousness

Columbia scientists have identified the brain's 'aha!' moment—that flash in time when you suddenly become aware of information, such as knowing the answer to...
Virtual reality sheds light on memory recall

Virtual reality sheds light on memory recall

Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists get new insight into how different brain areas assemble memories in context Different areas of the hippocampus are activated when...