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Most comments: 57

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2017-01-13 22:30:39 (57 comments; 9 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History Of Controversy, But Also Of Help

Many critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse, and depictions in film and television are usually scary. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be a safe and effective treatment for severe depression and bipolar disorder. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.

#ECT #psychology

Most reshares: 44

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2017-01-19 17:06:48 (26 comments; 44 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Study Reveals How Little We Know About Each Other's Intentions

Psychologists from The University of Manchester have shown how difficult it is for us to guess the true intention of each other’s behaviour.

The research is in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. (full open access)

Most plusones: 346

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2017-01-17 02:43:09 (41 comments; 41 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

Narcolepsy Drug Helps Improve Memory in People Recovering From Depression

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/modafinil-memory-depression-5949

Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy -- excessive daytime sleepiness -- can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry: CNNI. (full open access)

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2017-01-20 23:11:30 (12 comments; 28 reshares; 119 +1s; )Open 

The Science Behind Love

When University of Missouri–St. Louis psychology faculty member Sandra Langeslag tells people that she researches love, the reactions she gets are mixed.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#neuroscience #love

The Science Behind Love

When University of Missouri–St. Louis psychology faculty member Sandra Langeslag tells people that she researches love, the reactions she gets are mixed.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

#neuroscience #love___

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2017-01-20 23:06:24 (9 comments; 20 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

How the Brain Helps Us Understand Spoken Words in Noisy Settings

Humans are exquisitely skilled at perceiving spoken words, even when speakers’ voices are intermittently overwhelmed by noise, as happens in the din of construction sites or on busy urban streets. Now, in a study conducted in a group of patients preparing for brain surgery, UC San Francisco scientists have discovered an unexpected mechanism the brain uses to seamlessly compensate when speech sounds are obscured by noise.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#neuroscience

How the Brain Helps Us Understand Spoken Words in Noisy Settings

Humans are exquisitely skilled at perceiving spoken words, even when speakers’ voices are intermittently overwhelmed by noise, as happens in the din of construction sites or on busy urban streets. Now, in a study conducted in a group of patients preparing for brain surgery, UC San Francisco scientists have discovered an unexpected mechanism the brain uses to seamlessly compensate when speech sounds are obscured by noise.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#neuroscience___

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2017-01-20 22:53:30 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Women's Cognitive Decline Begins Earlier Than Previously Thought

UCLA researchers have found that mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. The study, which followed the same group of healthy women for 10 years after menopause, found that their average decline in mental processing ability was 5 percent during the decade-long period.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

Women's Cognitive Decline Begins Earlier Than Previously Thought

UCLA researchers have found that mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. The study, which followed the same group of healthy women for 10 years after menopause, found that their average decline in mental processing ability was 5 percent during the decade-long period.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)___

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2017-01-19 23:33:11 (13 comments; 34 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

What Causes Sleepiness When Sickness Strikes?

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/sickness-sleepiness-5967

It's well known that humans and other animals are fatigued and sleepy when sick, but it's a microscopic roundworm that's providing an explanation of how that occurs, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

What Causes Sleepiness When Sickness Strikes?

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/sickness-sleepiness-5967

It's well known that humans and other animals are fatigued and sleepy when sick, but it's a microscopic roundworm that's providing an explanation of how that occurs, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)___

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2017-01-19 23:31:57 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/heart-soft-robot-5978

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure.

The research is in Science Translational Medicine. (full access paywall)

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/heart-soft-robot-5978

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment options for people suffering from heart failure.

The research is in Science Translational Medicine. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-19 23:25:00 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain's GPS For Alzheimer's Patients

Finding may explain why many Alzheimer's disease patients wander.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain's GPS For Alzheimer's Patients

Finding may explain why many Alzheimer's disease patients wander.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-19 23:14:54 (7 comments; 15 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Brain Stimulation Used Like a Scalpel To Improve Memory

Precise memory is enhanced with targeted non-invasive brain stimulation.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#memory

Brain Stimulation Used Like a Scalpel To Improve Memory

Precise memory is enhanced with targeted non-invasive brain stimulation.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#memory___

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2017-01-19 22:07:05 (5 comments; 12 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Why the Lights Don't Dim When We Blink


Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

Why the Lights Don't Dim When We Blink


Study finds that blinking prompts eye muscles to keep our vision in line.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-19 21:10:23 (10 comments; 27 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Curb Your Immune Enthusiasm

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/immune-system-viruses-5973

Salk scientists discover how to prevent undesirable immune attacks on therapeutic viruses.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

Curb Your Immune Enthusiasm

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/immune-system-viruses-5973

Salk scientists discover how to prevent undesirable immune attacks on therapeutic viruses.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-19 20:54:27 (11 comments; 31 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

Insecticides Mimic Melatonin, Creating Higher Risk of Diabetes

Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks, University at Buffalo researchers have found. The research suggests that exposure to these insecticides adversely affects melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

The research is in Chemical Research in Toxicology. (full access paywall)

Insecticides Mimic Melatonin, Creating Higher Risk of Diabetes

Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks, University at Buffalo researchers have found. The research suggests that exposure to these insecticides adversely affects melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

The research is in Chemical Research in Toxicology. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-19 19:03:45 (4 comments; 13 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Synesthesia 'Hearing-Motion' Phenomenon More Common Than Previously Thought

It is thought it may arise as humans are better at recording sound than images, therefore the ability to recode visual signals as sounds would take advantage of such abilities.

The research is in Consciousness and Cognition. (full access paywall)

#synethesia

Synesthesia 'Hearing-Motion' Phenomenon More Common Than Previously Thought

It is thought it may arise as humans are better at recording sound than images, therefore the ability to recode visual signals as sounds would take advantage of such abilities.

The research is in Consciousness and Cognition. (full access paywall)

#synethesia___

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2017-01-19 18:24:57 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

What Humans and Primates Both Know When It Comes to Numbers

Study subjects included both humans and primates: adults and children in the United States; adults of the Tsimane', a predominately "low numeracy" cultural group that inhabits an area of remote rain forest in Bolivia, and that has been long studied by Piantadosi and Jara-Ettinger; and rhesus monkeys, a species with strong neural and cognitive similarities to humans.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#math #evolution

What Humans and Primates Both Know When It Comes to Numbers

Study subjects included both humans and primates: adults and children in the United States; adults of the Tsimane', a predominately "low numeracy" cultural group that inhabits an area of remote rain forest in Bolivia, and that has been long studied by Piantadosi and Jara-Ettinger; and rhesus monkeys, a species with strong neural and cognitive similarities to humans.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

#math #evolution___

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2017-01-19 17:06:48 (26 comments; 44 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Study Reveals How Little We Know About Each Other's Intentions

Psychologists from The University of Manchester have shown how difficult it is for us to guess the true intention of each other’s behaviour.

The research is in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. (full open access)

Study Reveals How Little We Know About Each Other's Intentions

Psychologists from The University of Manchester have shown how difficult it is for us to guess the true intention of each other’s behaviour.

The research is in Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics. (full open access)___

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2017-01-19 17:01:26 (5 comments; 10 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Mapping Brain of Preterm Babies May Predict Later Disabilities

Scanning a premature infant's brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of lesions, small areas of injury in the brain's white matter, may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #brainmapping

Mapping Brain of Preterm Babies May Predict Later Disabilities

Scanning a premature infant's brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of lesions, small areas of injury in the brain's white matter, may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later

The research is in Neurology. (full access paywall)

#neurology #brainmapping___

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2017-01-18 22:05:12 (7 comments; 30 reshares; 151 +1s; )Open 

Toxic Brain Cells May Drive Many Neuodegenerative Disorders

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/astrocytes-neurodegenerative-disorders-5967

While most of us haven't heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

Toxic Brain Cells May Drive Many Neuodegenerative Disorders

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/astrocytes-neurodegenerative-disorders-5967

While most of us haven't heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-18 22:00:44 (8 comments; 23 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

Mandarin Makes You More Musical?

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/mandarin-music-language-5965

Mandarin makes you more musical - and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That's the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano.

The research is in Developmental Science. (full access paywall)

#music #language

Mandarin Makes You More Musical?

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/mandarin-music-language-5965

Mandarin makes you more musical - and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That's the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don't' rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano.

The research is in Developmental Science. (full access paywall)

#music #language___

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2017-01-18 21:46:05 (24 comments; 44 reshares; 207 +1s; )Open 

How the Human Brain Decides What Is Important and What's Not

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/importance-neuroscience-decisions-5967

The Wizard of Oz told Dorothy to "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" in an effort to distract her, but a new Princeton University study sheds light on how people learn and make decisions in real-world situations.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience

How the Human Brain Decides What Is Important and What's Not

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/importance-neuroscience-decisions-5967

The Wizard of Oz told Dorothy to "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain" in an effort to distract her, but a new Princeton University study sheds light on how people learn and make decisions in real-world situations.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience___

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2017-01-18 20:03:43 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Delirium Could Accelerate Dementia Related Mental Decline

When hospitalised, people can become acutely confused and disorientated. This condition, known as delirium, affects a quarter of older patients and new research by UCL and University of Cambridge shows it may have long-lasting consequences, including accelerating the dementia process.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full open access)

Delirium Could Accelerate Dementia Related Mental Decline

When hospitalised, people can become acutely confused and disorientated. This condition, known as delirium, affects a quarter of older patients and new research by UCL and University of Cambridge shows it may have long-lasting consequences, including accelerating the dementia process.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-01-18 19:51:49 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 69 +1s; )Open 

Heightened Risk of Birth Defects With Antidepressants Prescribed During Pregnancy

A well-known expert in pregnancy and depression, Bérard has previously established links between antidepressants and low birth weight, gestational hypertension, miscarriages and autism. Her new study is among the first to examine the link to birth defects among depressed women.

The research is in BMJ Open. (full open access)

#pregnancy #depression

Heightened Risk of Birth Defects With Antidepressants Prescribed During Pregnancy

A well-known expert in pregnancy and depression, Bérard has previously established links between antidepressants and low birth weight, gestational hypertension, miscarriages and autism. Her new study is among the first to examine the link to birth defects among depressed women.

The research is in BMJ Open. (full open access)

#pregnancy #depression___

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2017-01-18 19:47:05 (10 comments; 29 reshares; 93 +1s; )Open 

How Estrogen Modulates Fear Learning

Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some points in their menstrual cycles or lifetimes, while high estrogen levels may be protective.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

#fear #ptsd #estrogen

How Estrogen Modulates Fear Learning

Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some points in their menstrual cycles or lifetimes, while high estrogen levels may be protective.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

#fear #ptsd #estrogen___

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2017-01-18 19:39:13 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 55 +1s; )Open 

Adoptees Advantaged By Birth Language Memory

Language learning very early on in life can be subconsciously retained even when no conscious knowledge of the early experience remains. The subconscious knowledge can then be tapped to speed up learning of the pronunciation of sounds of the lost tongue.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

#language

Adoptees Advantaged By Birth Language Memory

Language learning very early on in life can be subconsciously retained even when no conscious knowledge of the early experience remains. The subconscious knowledge can then be tapped to speed up learning of the pronunciation of sounds of the lost tongue.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

#language___

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2017-01-18 00:42:33 (5 comments; 34 reshares; 203 +1s; )Open 

Talk Therapy Helps Strengthen Brain Connections

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/cbt-neural-connections-5960

A new study from King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has shown for the first time that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) strengthens specific connections in the brains of people with psychosis, and that these stronger connections are associated with long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery eight years later.

The research is in Translational Psychiatry. (full open access)

Talk Therapy Helps Strengthen Brain Connections

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/cbt-neural-connections-5960

A new study from King's College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has shown for the first time that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) strengthens specific connections in the brains of people with psychosis, and that these stronger connections are associated with long-term reduction in symptoms and recovery eight years later.

The research is in Translational Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-01-18 00:38:17 (3 comments; 15 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

Blocking Neuron Signaling Pathway May Lead to New Treatments For Peripheral Neuropathy

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre in Canada, have identified a molecular signaling pathway that, when blocked, promotes sensory neuron growth and prevents or reverses peripheral neuropathy in cell and rodent models of type 1 and 2 diabetes, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and HIV.

The research is in Journal of Clinical Investigation. (full open access)

Blocking Neuron Signaling Pathway May Lead to New Treatments For Peripheral Neuropathy

Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre in Canada, have identified a molecular signaling pathway that, when blocked, promotes sensory neuron growth and prevents or reverses peripheral neuropathy in cell and rodent models of type 1 and 2 diabetes, chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and HIV.

The research is in Journal of Clinical Investigation. (full open access)___

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2017-01-18 00:29:20 (7 comments; 23 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Malaria Drug Successfully Treats 26 Year Old Brain Cancer Patient

After her brain cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and then to targeted treatments, 26-year-old Lisa Rosendahl's doctors gave her only a few months to live. Now a paper published January 17 in the journal eLife describes a new drug combination that has stabilized Rosendahl's disease and increased both the quantity and quality of her life: Adding the anti-malaria drug chloroquine to her treatment stopped an essential process that Rosendahl's cancer cells had been using to resist therapy, re-sensitizing her cancer to the targeted treatment that had previously stopped working.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

#braincancer #cancer

Malaria Drug Successfully Treats 26 Year Old Brain Cancer Patient

After her brain cancer became resistant to chemotherapy and then to targeted treatments, 26-year-old Lisa Rosendahl's doctors gave her only a few months to live. Now a paper published January 17 in the journal eLife describes a new drug combination that has stabilized Rosendahl's disease and increased both the quantity and quality of her life: Adding the anti-malaria drug chloroquine to her treatment stopped an essential process that Rosendahl's cancer cells had been using to resist therapy, re-sensitizing her cancer to the targeted treatment that had previously stopped working.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

#braincancer #cancer___

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2017-01-17 21:00:23 (1 comments; 13 reshares; 107 +1s; )Open 

First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/adult-neuron-culture-5937

Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

#genetics

First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/adult-neuron-culture-5937

Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

#genetics___

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2017-01-17 20:55:35 (7 comments; 29 reshares; 151 +1s; )Open 

High Blood Pressure Onset in Late Life May Protect Against Dementia

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/hypertension-onset-dementia-neurology-5954

The researchers found that study participants who reported hypertension onset at age 80 to 89 were 42 percent less likely to develop dementia after age 90 compared to those who reported no history of high blood pressure.

The research is in Alzheimer's & Dementia. (full access paywall)

#hypertension #aging #dementia


High Blood Pressure Onset in Late Life May Protect Against Dementia

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/hypertension-onset-dementia-neurology-5954

The researchers found that study participants who reported hypertension onset at age 80 to 89 were 42 percent less likely to develop dementia after age 90 compared to those who reported no history of high blood pressure.

The research is in Alzheimer's & Dementia. (full access paywall)

#hypertension #aging #dementia
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2017-01-17 20:50:28 (13 comments; 15 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Scientists Find Sensor That Makes Synapses Fast

Calcium sensor at inhibitory synapse identified.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

Scientists Find Sensor That Makes Synapses Fast

Calcium sensor at inhibitory synapse identified.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)___

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2017-01-17 20:43:22 (3 comments; 21 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

Want to Ace an Exam? Tell a Friend What You Learned

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/communication-information-learning-5956

Students who get information, then re-tell it to someone immediately, recall it better — and longer, study finds.

The research will appear in Learning & Memory.

#learning

Want to Ace an Exam? Tell a Friend What You Learned

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/communication-information-learning-5956

Students who get information, then re-tell it to someone immediately, recall it better — and longer, study finds.

The research will appear in Learning & Memory.

#learning___

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2017-01-17 19:02:42 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Whether Our Speech is Fast Or Slow, We Say About the Same

The purpose of speech is communication, not speed -- so perhaps some new research findings, while counterintuitive, should come as no surprise. Whether we speak quickly or slowly, the new study suggests, we end up conveying information at about the same rate, because faster speech packs less information in each utterance.

The research is in Cognition. (full access paywall)

Whether Our Speech is Fast Or Slow, We Say About the Same

The purpose of speech is communication, not speed -- so perhaps some new research findings, while counterintuitive, should come as no surprise. Whether we speak quickly or slowly, the new study suggests, we end up conveying information at about the same rate, because faster speech packs less information in each utterance.

The research is in Cognition. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-17 18:59:38 (7 comments; 23 reshares; 125 +1s; )Open 

Genetic Discovery Provides New Insight Into Cognitive Disorders

An international team of scientists, led by Todd Lencz, PhD, professor at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, have unlocked some of the genes responsible for cognitive ability.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

#genetics

Genetic Discovery Provides New Insight Into Cognitive Disorders

An international team of scientists, led by Todd Lencz, PhD, professor at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, have unlocked some of the genes responsible for cognitive ability.

The research is in Molecular Psychiatry. (full open access)

#genetics___

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2017-01-17 18:17:19 (12 comments; 17 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Mounting Challenges to Brain Sex Differences

The latest evidence to address this controversy comes from a study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where a meta-analysis of human amygdala volumes found no significant difference between the sexes. Meta-analysis is a statistical approach for combining the results of multiple studies, in this case dozens of brain MRI studies.

The research is in NeuroImage. (full access paywall)

Mounting Challenges to Brain Sex Differences

The latest evidence to address this controversy comes from a study at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, where a meta-analysis of human amygdala volumes found no significant difference between the sexes. Meta-analysis is a statistical approach for combining the results of multiple studies, in this case dozens of brain MRI studies.

The research is in NeuroImage. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-17 02:43:09 (41 comments; 41 reshares; 346 +1s; )Open 

Narcolepsy Drug Helps Improve Memory in People Recovering From Depression

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/modafinil-memory-depression-5949

Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy -- excessive daytime sleepiness -- can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry: CNNI. (full open access)

Narcolepsy Drug Helps Improve Memory in People Recovering From Depression

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/modafinil-memory-depression-5949

Modafinil, a drug used to treat narcolepsy -- excessive daytime sleepiness -- can improve memory in patients recovering from depression, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

The research is in Biological Psychiatry: CNNI. (full open access)___

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2017-01-17 02:38:50 (1 comments; 12 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Steroid in Dogfish Shark Attacks Parkinson's Toxin: Animal Study

A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease. The clustering of this protein, alpha-synuclein (α-synuclein), is the hallmark of Parkinson's and dementia with Lewy bodies, suggesting a new potential compound for therapeutic research.

The research is in PNAS. (full open access)

#parkinsons

Steroid in Dogfish Shark Attacks Parkinson's Toxin: Animal Study

A synthesized steroid mirroring one naturally made by the dogfish shark prevents the buildup of a lethal protein implicated in some neurodegenerative diseases, reports an international research team studying an animal model of Parkinson's disease. The clustering of this protein, alpha-synuclein (α-synuclein), is the hallmark of Parkinson's and dementia with Lewy bodies, suggesting a new potential compound for therapeutic research.

The research is in PNAS. (full open access)

#parkinsons___

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2017-01-16 21:51:43 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated with Excessive Video Gaming

Full article http://neurosciencenews.com/depression-teens-social-gaming-5947

Those who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others.

The research is in Computers in Human Behavior. (full access paywall)

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated with Excessive Video Gaming

Full article http://neurosciencenews.com/depression-teens-social-gaming-5947

Those who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others.

The research is in Computers in Human Behavior. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-16 21:46:33 (12 comments; 33 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

Lasting Effects of Ministrokes May Contribute to Dementia

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/dementia-ministroke-neurology-5946

Medical University of South Carolina investigators report preclinical research showing that microinfarcts induce prolonged dysfunction in brain areas estimated to be 12-times larger than the visible injury site.

The research is in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. (full open access)

Lasting Effects of Ministrokes May Contribute to Dementia

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/dementia-ministroke-neurology-5946

Medical University of South Carolina investigators report preclinical research showing that microinfarcts induce prolonged dysfunction in brain areas estimated to be 12-times larger than the visible injury site.

The research is in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism. (full open access)___

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2017-01-16 21:33:54 (9 comments; 21 reshares; 120 +1s; )Open 

Antibody Therapy Creates New Opportunities For Treating Brain Diseases

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/immunotherapy-brain-diseases-5947

Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. In a new study, a research group at Uppsala University describes their development of a new antibody design that increases brain uptake of antibodies almost 100-fold.

The research is in Theranostics. (full open access)

Antibody Therapy Creates New Opportunities For Treating Brain Diseases

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/immunotherapy-brain-diseases-5947

Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. In a new study, a research group at Uppsala University describes their development of a new antibody design that increases brain uptake of antibodies almost 100-fold.

The research is in Theranostics. (full open access)___

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2017-01-16 18:56:11 (7 comments; 15 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

How Bats Remember Directions

Navigating to a destination, whether you are a human or a bat, requires a complex set of calculations and interactions among brain cells. Weizmann Institute of Science researchers working with bats, have now revealed the network of cells that encode the direction of one’s destination. Among other things, their findings may help explain how memory loss and “getting lost” tend to go together in Alzheimer’s patients.

The research is in Science. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience

How Bats Remember Directions

Navigating to a destination, whether you are a human or a bat, requires a complex set of calculations and interactions among brain cells. Weizmann Institute of Science researchers working with bats, have now revealed the network of cells that encode the direction of one’s destination. Among other things, their findings may help explain how memory loss and “getting lost” tend to go together in Alzheimer’s patients.

The research is in Science. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience___

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2017-01-16 18:35:59 (2 comments; 19 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

Certain Anti-Influenza Compounds Also Inhibit Zika Infection

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have shown that three anti-influenza compounds effectively inhibit Zika virus infection in human cells. The results provide the foundation for development of the broad-spectrum cell-directed antivirals or their combinations for treatment of Zika and other emerging viral diseases.

The research is in Antiviral Research. (full access research)

#zika

Certain Anti-Influenza Compounds Also Inhibit Zika Infection

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have shown that three anti-influenza compounds effectively inhibit Zika virus infection in human cells. The results provide the foundation for development of the broad-spectrum cell-directed antivirals or their combinations for treatment of Zika and other emerging viral diseases.

The research is in Antiviral Research. (full access research)

#zika___

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2017-01-16 18:28:02 (3 comments; 19 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Frankly, Do We Give a Damn? Study Finds Link Between Profanity and Honesty

t’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people who frequently curse are being more honest.

The research is in Social Psychological and Personality Science. (full open access)

#psychology #language #honesty

Frankly, Do We Give a Damn? Study Finds Link Between Profanity and Honesty

t’s long been associated with anger and coarseness but profanity can have another, more positive connotation. Psychologists have learned that people who frequently curse are being more honest.

The research is in Social Psychological and Personality Science. (full open access)

#psychology #language #honesty___

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2017-01-14 17:21:54 (20 comments; 32 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

Our Senses Can't Learn Under Stress

Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses?

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology. (full open access)

#stress

Our Senses Can't Learn Under Stress

Stress is part of our everyday lives – while some thrive on it, it makes others sick. But what does stress do to our senses?

The research is in Psychoneuroendocrinology. (full open access)

#stress___

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2017-01-13 22:38:55 (0 comments; 11 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Common Epilepsies Share Genetic Overlap With Rare Types

An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of pediatric epilepsy also contribute to common forms of the disorder.

The research will appear in The Lancet Neurology.

#epilepsy

Common Epilepsies Share Genetic Overlap With Rare Types

An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of pediatric epilepsy also contribute to common forms of the disorder.

The research will appear in The Lancet Neurology.

#epilepsy___

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2017-01-13 22:35:51 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 64 +1s; )Open 

Swimming For Science: 3D Simulations of Zebrafish Behavior May Replace Animals in Some Research

Every year, approximately 20 million animals are used in scientific research. Increasingly these animals are zebrafish, which are quickly eclipsing rodents and primates as a favored species in biomedical research because of their genetic similarity to humans and their versatility. However, concerns voiced by policymakers, citizens, and scientific authorities about the number of animals used in experiments have led researchers to explore alternative, computer-based methodologies that could help reduce animal usage without compromising results.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

Swimming For Science: 3D Simulations of Zebrafish Behavior May Replace Animals in Some Research

Every year, approximately 20 million animals are used in scientific research. Increasingly these animals are zebrafish, which are quickly eclipsing rodents and primates as a favored species in biomedical research because of their genetic similarity to humans and their versatility. However, concerns voiced by policymakers, citizens, and scientific authorities about the number of animals used in experiments have led researchers to explore alternative, computer-based methodologies that could help reduce animal usage without compromising results.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)___

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2017-01-13 22:30:39 (57 comments; 9 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History Of Controversy, But Also Of Help

Many critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse, and depictions in film and television are usually scary. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be a safe and effective treatment for severe depression and bipolar disorder. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.

#ECT #psychology

Electroconvulsive Therapy: A History Of Controversy, But Also Of Help

Many critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse, and depictions in film and television are usually scary. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be a safe and effective treatment for severe depression and bipolar disorder. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.

#ECT #psychology___

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2017-01-13 21:03:02 (7 comments; 12 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

Sensory Stimuli Control Dopamine in the Brain

These new findings could play a role in the future treatment of such illnesses as restless leg syndrome, a condition in which patients have unpleasant sensations in their limbs during sleep.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#dopamine #neuroscience

Sensory Stimuli Control Dopamine in the Brain

These new findings could play a role in the future treatment of such illnesses as restless leg syndrome, a condition in which patients have unpleasant sensations in their limbs during sleep.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

#dopamine #neuroscience___

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2017-01-13 21:00:29 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Multiregional Brain on a Chip

Model allows researchers to study how diseases like schizophrenia impact different regions of the brain simultaneously.

The research is in Journal of Neurophysiology. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience

Multiregional Brain on a Chip

Model allows researchers to study how diseases like schizophrenia impact different regions of the brain simultaneously.

The research is in Journal of Neurophysiology. (full access paywall)

#neuroscience___

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2017-01-13 20:53:34 (3 comments; 17 reshares; 87 +1s; )Open 

Older, Fitter Adults Experience Greater Brain Activity While Learning

Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well.

The research is in Cortex. (full access paywall)

#aging #learning

Older, Fitter Adults Experience Greater Brain Activity While Learning

Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well.

The research is in Cortex. (full access paywall)

#aging #learning___

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2017-01-13 00:39:34 (2 comments; 17 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

Schizophrenia Could Directly Increase Diabetes Risk


People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to an analysis by researchers from King’s College London.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full open access)

Schizophrenia Could Directly Increase Diabetes Risk


People with early schizophrenia are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, even when the effects of antipsychotic drugs, diet and exercise are taken out of the equation, according to an analysis by researchers from King’s College London.

The research is in JAMA Psychiatry. (full open access)___

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2017-01-13 00:32:16 (3 comments; 15 reshares; 102 +1s; )Open 

Classic Video Game System Used to Improve Understanding of Brain

Researchers use Donkey Kong to help guide new approaches in neuroscience.

The research is in PLOS Computational Biology. (full open access)

Classic Video Game System Used to Improve Understanding of Brain

Researchers use Donkey Kong to help guide new approaches in neuroscience.

The research is in PLOS Computational Biology. (full open access)___

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2017-01-13 00:25:58 (1 comments; 14 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

New System For Forming Memories

Entorhinal cortex acts independently of the hippocampus in remembering movement.

The research is in Science. (full access paywall)

New System For Forming Memories

Entorhinal cortex acts independently of the hippocampus in remembering movement.

The research is in Science. (full access paywall)___

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2017-01-13 00:19:29 (20 comments; 43 reshares; 192 +1s; )Open 

Viruses in the Genome Important For the Brain

Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now discovered a mechanism through which these retroviruses may have an impact on gene expression. This means that they may have played a significant role in the development of the human brain as well as in various neurological diseases.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

Viruses in the Genome Important For the Brain

Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. A research group at Lund University in Sweden has now discovered a mechanism through which these retroviruses may have an impact on gene expression. This means that they may have played a significant role in the development of the human brain as well as in various neurological diseases.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)___

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