Neuroscience

Why PTSD can be contagious

Why PTSD can be contagious

Health-care workers treating soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) report that some soldiers' partners and family members display symptoms of PTSD despite never serving...
These brains cells don’t die, but they do move

These brains cells don’t die, but they do move

Scientists have thought for decades that one area of the brain simply disappears during human development. Now, genetic similarities between cells in the subplate and...
Your brain anatomy may determine your food choices

Your brain anatomy may determine your food choices

Our indulgence in delicious but unhealthful food may not necessarily reveal a character flaw. Rather, our ability to exercise self-control is linked to our neurobiology,...
Scientists discover fundamental rule of brain plasticity

Scientists discover fundamental rule of brain plasticity

Our brains are famously flexible, or "plastic," because neurons can do new things by forging new or stronger connections with other neurons. But if some...
Deep brain stimulation could help older people with mild Alzheimer's disease

Deep brain stimulation could help older people with mild Alzheimer’s disease

A new study has shown that participants over the age of 65 continue to derive the most benefit from Deep Brain Stimulation of the...
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...