Shalyce Wilson

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How sleeping in the pitch black could help you lose weight

Sleeping in a completely dark room helps the metabolism to work properly, scientists believe, as they warn that using iPads at night could harm the body-clock<p>IPads, televisions and computers in bedrooms may be fuelling the obesity epidemic because rooms are not dark enough for the metabolism to …

Curiosity improves memory by tapping into the brain’s reward system

Brain scans of college students have shed light on why people learn more effectively when their curiosity is piqued than when they are bored stiff.<p>Researchers in the US found evidence that curiosity ramped up the activity of a brain chemical called dopamine, which in turn seemed to strengthen …

Nobel Prize a Reminder of How the Brain Can Surprise Us

Brain cells that create our "inner GPS" among a list of others specialized for particular purposes.<p>Location, location, location: It's just as important for the brain as it is for real estate. Our brains help us find our way using specialized cells, and the discovery of this "inner GPS" earned three …

How Exercise Protects the Brain from Depression

Study suggests a new protective role for fit muscles.<p>Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institute published a neat study in the journal <i>Cell</i> last week that may shed some light on how and why exercise fights depression (press release here). It's fairly complicated stuff (to me, at least), and it's a …