Shinya Fujii

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Schizophrenia: A byproduct of the brain's complex evolution?

New genetic evidence, published in the journal <i>Schizophrenia</i>, suggests that the condition is an "unwanted side effect" of the evolution of the complex …

Scientists discover response to anxiety linked to movement control areas in brain

Researchers have discovered that the response to anxiety in teenagers may include not only the parts of the brain which deal with emotions (the …

Neuroscientists Have Figured Out How Your Brain Wakes You Up

It could be the key to treating everything from Alzheimer's to chronic sleep problems.<p>You may not realise it when your alarm clock forces you into a …

The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake

In June of 2001 musician Peter Gabriel flew to Atlanta to make music with two apes. The jam went surprisingly well.<p>At each session Gabriel, a known dabbler in experimental music and a founding member of the band Genesis, would riff with a small group of musicians. The bonobos — one named …

The Brain

A Harvard psychologist describes a simple exercise to reduce your anxiety in stressful situations

There's a simpler and more effective way to beat anxiety. The trick? Remind yourself of what you value most.<p>In her new book "Presence," Amy Cuddy, the Harvard psychologist who popularized the idea of "power posing" to increase confidence, offers a simple exercise to get over your nerves. Take a few …

Psychology

Your music taste might reveal how your brain works

Now that music has gone digital, there must be all sorts of algorithms and marketing studies out there that recording companies and music delivery services use to determine the types of tunes fans are most likely to consume.<p>The songs that you choose to put on your mobile device may say a lot to …

New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts

Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily …

Papua New Guinea

We asked an exercise scientist how many days a week you need to work out to actually make a difference

Five days a week, four days a week? Is two enough?<p>Luckily, science has come to the rescue with a surprising conclusion — and a somewhat tough one to swallow if you have trouble motivating yourself to work out.<p>We spoke recently to Shawn Arent, an exercise scientist at Rutgers University, and asked …

Training the Brain to Become Pitch Perfect

<b>New study finds some people can be trained to learn absolute pitch.</b><p>If you’re a musician, this sounds too good to be true: UChicago psychologists have …

Not enough sleep? Your brain may be paying the price: study

Canadian brain scientists say they have the first good evidence that poor sleep quality might prevent the brain from being able to clear itself of …

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13 Benefits of having parents that works out

Here are some of the amazing things that kids with parents who work out experience.<p><b>1. You get to have tons of fun playing around as a family</b><p>Most …

A Sweet App That Helps You Visualize Complex Rhythms

Darwin thought our ancestors used music as a means of courtship before the invention of language. Other experts have suggested that humming and …

'Alone time' is really good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity

Study provides new evidence that book sharing in early childhood may promote brain development supporting reading readiness<p>SAN DIEGO - Among the …

How gaming can improve our cognitive abilities

Adam Gazzaley is building a repertoire of games that could one day help us reduce or even reverse the impact on our cognitive faculties of disorders …

The strangest sounds in the world

Do you hear the same things as me? Probably not. As these weird audio illusions show, people have radically different opinions about what reaches their ears, says David Robson.<p>“You know you were told to be nice and not to heckle?” Sophie Meekings asks her audience in the dingy cellar of the North …

Here's what happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and …

Study captures how brain systems cooperate to capture sounds and process information

When people hear the sound of footsteps or the drilling of a woodpecker, the rhythmic structure of the sounds is striking, says Michael Wehr, a …

Neuroscience

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.<p>That's the conclusion of a paper in <i>Cell</i> published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.<p>"This tumor is …

Marijuana consumers show greater susceptibility to false memories

A new study published in the American journal with the highest impact factor in worldwide, <i>Molecular Psychiatry</i>, reveals that consumers of cannabis …