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Playing the piano boosts brain processing power and helps lift the blues

A randomized control trial led by psychologists shows the positive effects learning to play music for just a few weeks has on cognitive abilities.

Small studies of 40Hz sensory stimulation confirm safety, suggest Alzheimer’s benefits

Researchers report early stage clinical study results of tests with non-invasive 40Hz light and sound treatment.

Peek of how ketamine acts as ‘switch’ in the brain

Researchers find that the anesthetic and fast-acting antidepressant switches natural patterns of neuronal activity in the cortex of mice.

Researchers identify key brain cells in mice underlying stress-related behaviors

Neuroscientists have discovered that a specific type of brain cell could be a key player in making you feel the negative impacts of stress.

Deteriorating neurons are source of human brain inflammation in Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have found that neurons from people with Alzheimer’s disease show deterioration and undergo a late-life stress process called senescence. These neurons have a loss of functional activity, impaired metabolism, and increased brain inflammation…

Having hypermobile joints can increase the risk for depression and anxiety in adolescents

A link has been found between joint hypermobility and the emergence of depression and anxiety in adolescence, according to a new study. Researchers found that young people with joint hypermobility were more likely to have depression and anxiety, and th…

Single-cell ‘atlas’ reveals origin of an aggressive brain tumor

Data from a new fetal brain atlas has helped a science team discover a collection of progenitor cells that give rise to aggressive ‘group 3′ medulloblastomas. Findings include identifying two genes that may serve as treatment targets. Mice with these t…

Prenatal wellness classes cut moms’ depression in half up to eight years later

A low-cost, prenatal intervention benefits mothers’ mental health up to eight years later, a new study finds.

Researchers discover crucial role of brain’s striatum cilia in time perception

Researchers have discovered that removal of cilia from the brain’s striatum region impaired time perception and judgment, revealing possible new therapeutic targets for mental and neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and Hunting…

Silent synapses are abundant in the adult brain

Neuroscientists discovered that the adult brain contains millions of ‘silent synapses’ — immature connections between neurons that remain inactive until they’re recruited to help form new memories.