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Views of grassy rooftops boost concentration

A new study finds that glancing at a grassy green rooftop for only 40 seconds can result in fewer errors and better concentration in attention-sapping mental tasks.

Cannabis use can be prevented, reduced or delayed

Real-world trial of school-based interventions shows at-risk teenagers can be influencedResponding to rapidly shifting legal and cultural environments, researchers at the University of Montreal…

Patterns of brain activity reorganize visual perception during eye movements

Oscillations of activity observed in the brain could have a role in resetting the sensitivity of neurons after eye movements. Further results suggest these waves could also have a role in supporting the brain’s representation of space.

Special fats proven essential for brain growth

Certain special fats found in blood are essential for human brain growth and function, new research suggests. New published studies show that mutations in the protein Mfsd2a causes impaired brain development in humans. Mfsd2a is the transporter in the …

Can you see what I hear? Blind human echolocators use visual areas of the brain

Certain blind individuals have the ability to use echoes from tongue or finger clicks to recognize objects in the distance, and use echolocation as a replacement for vision. Research shows echolocation in blind individuals is a full form of sensory sub…

Earthquakes prove to be an unexpected help in interpreting brain activity of very premature babies

Researchers have created a “brainstorm barometer” that allows computers to calculate the brain functions of very premature babies during their first hours of life. The new research method is based on the hypothesis that the brainstorms generated by the…

Depression associated with 5-fold increased mortality risk in heart failure patients

Risk was independent of comorbidities and severity of heart failureModerate to severe depression is associated with a 5-fold increased risk of all cause mortality in patients with heart failure…

Food choices influenced by memory

A stronger memory of a specific food may encourage us to opt for that food, even if it is the less attractive choice, according to a new study by researchers from Switzerland.

People with elevated depression ‘poorer at hearing all types of emotional speech’

A new speech perception study finds that people with elevated depression have difficulty at understanding speech of all emotional types in loud environments.

Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS, frontotemporal dementia

A novel mouse has been developed that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), both of which are caused by …