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Brain aging may begin earlier than expected

Physicists have devised a new method of investigating brain function, opening a new frontier in the diagnoses of neurodegenerative and aging related diseases.

Punishing a wrongdoer more rewarding to brain than supporting a victim

Punishing a wrongdoer may be more rewarding to the brain than supporting a victim. That is one suggestion of new research which measured the brain activity of young men while they played a ‘justice game.’

Mouse model of intellectual disability isolates learning gene

Adult male mice lacking a gene linked to intellectual disability have trouble completing and remembering mazes, with no changes in social or repetitive behavior, according to new research. This animal model provides a new way to study the role of this …

It’s official: Pets benefit our mental health

A systematic review of existing studies lists the many ways in which pets provide people with mental health issues some much-needed comfort.

How making fun of yourself can make you happy

A new study has examined the psychological benefits and disadvantages of self-deprecating humor. The findings may come as a surprise for many.

Newborn babies who suffered stroke regain language function in opposite side of brain

A stroke in a baby — even a big one — does not have the same lasting impact as a stroke in an adult. A study found that a decade or two after a ‘perinatal’ stroke damaged the left ‘language’ side of the brain, affected teenagers and young adults used…

To sleep, perchance to forget

People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential? Psychiatrists proposed the ‘synaptic homeostasis hypothesis’ (SHY) in 2003. This hypothesis holds that sleep is the price we pay for brains that are p…

Just 1 hour of gaming may improve attention

Researchers found that playing a video game for just 1 hour led to an increase in brain activity and improved visual selective attention.

Link between hallucinations and dopamine not such a mystery, finds study

Researchers have found that people with schizophrenia who experience auditory hallucinations tend to hear what they expect, an exaggerated version of a perceptual distortion that is common among other people without hallucinations. The researchers foun…

Increased stress on fathers leads to brain development changes in offspring

New research in mice has found that a father’s stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father’s sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understandin…