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Underdeveloped brain network after 30 may impact mental health

<i>The underdevelopment of connections in the brain after age 30 may be a predictor of future mental health problems.</i><p>Scientists from Canada reveal that …

The Brain

Certain speech changes may be early sign of mental decline

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you're uh... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early …

Dementia

Brain Activity during Sleep Can Predict When Someone Is Dreaming

“To sleep, perchance to dream” —Shakespeare may not exactly have been talking about our nocturnal journeys to another world, but that does not make …

The Brain

Stressful experiences can age brain 'by years', Alzheimer's experts hear

Child’s death, divorce or job loss linked to poorer cognition in later life, study finds, with African Americans more susceptible<p>Stressful life experiences can age the brain by several years, new research suggests. Experts led by a team from Wisconsin University’s school of medicine and public …

Dementia

Brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis for two thirds of patients, study finds

Routine brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis for two thirds of patients, ending years of misdiagnosis, a study has found.<p>Currently the only way to determine whether Alzheimer’s is present is to look at the brain of a patient after death.<p>For patients who are still alive, doctors usually …

The Brain

Want to keep your brain sharp? Work longer

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>To the question “Does working past the traditional retirement age keep you mentally sharp?” the answer was a qualified “yes” among several scholars attending the recent 2017 Age Boom Academy at Columbia University in early June. (I’ll get …

United States

6 Ways to Develop Greater Willpower and Discipline

Self-control and willpower are key ingredients for success. So how can you develop greater self-control and willpower? Science has the answers.<p>Self-control. Willpower. Determination. Perseverance. Doing what you need to do, day after day, with total focus and resolve...that's how you succeed. And …

Self-help

Poor night's sleep triggers brain chemical linked to Alzheimer's disease, scientists find

Just one night of poor sleep is enough to trigger a spike in a brain chemical linked to Alzheimer’s disease, a new study has shown.<p>Although scientists knew there was a link between dementia and lack of sleep, it was unclear whether the disease was driving insomnia or vice versa.<p>Now researchers at …

Dementia

Why Your Brain Prioritizes Instant Gratification Over Long-Term Goals, According to Science

In many cases, logical reasoning isn't a strong enough motivator.<p>Have you ever found yourself wanting to start on a task, only to end up surfing the net for hours? Or you want to eat healthier, but always find yourself grabbing the fast food that's close by? It turns out there's a scientific reason …

The Brain

Here's What Happens in Your Brain When You Repeatedly Lie

Brain scans show that activity in the amygdala lessens the more fibs you tell.<p>You know how your mom always told you not to start lying because one fib would lead to more? Part of that age-old advice stems from the simple fact you usually have to keep lying to cover the initial untruths you dished …

Psychology

Breaking through the brain's barrier

A strong defense system allows what the brain needs in and keeps out toxins and pathogens. It's a vital function that also stops promising drugs from …

Neuroscience

TBI in middle age may raise dementia risk

<i>Researchers have linked moderate to severe TBI with greater risk of dementia.</i><p>Middle-aged adults who experience a moderate to severe traumatic brain …

Dementia

Scientists Believe A Psychopath's Brain Is Actually Wired Differently To Ours

"<p>'They’re not aliens.'<p>Hannibal Lecter, Norman Bates and Annie Wilkes are all perfect examples of the psychopathic “cold-blooded monster” that we want to keep under lock and key.<p>But a new study has revealed that we might be wrong about how we understand psychopaths: “They’re not aliens, they’re …

Psychology

Neuroscientists Are Searching for God in Our Gray Matter

Neuroscientists have long been curious about the neural basis of faith.<p>Between 1967 and 1970, neurologist and Korean War veteran William Caveness started an unusual collection. He gathered information on roughly 2,000 Vietnam War soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injuries during combat, …

The Brain

This New Alzheimer's Discovery Could Be The Key To Developing Future Treatments

Researchers may have uncovered the critical missing piece that could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. It’s an enzyme that plays a role in how the disease develops, but could also be harnessed to work against the tangled accumulation of proteins that …

Neuroscience

Frontal lobe: Functions, structure, and damage

The frontal lobe of the brain is vital to our consciousness, as well as functions that appear uniquely human, such as spoken language.<p>It is one of …

The Brain

Harvard Study Shows Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Function

Scientific findings indicate that pot use improves cognitive performance.<p>Preliminary evidence from a new study led by Harvard Medical School Affiliate McLean Hospital's Staci Gruber, PhD, suggests that medical marijuana (MMJ) may not impair, and in many cases, may actually improve executive …

The Brain

Pay attention: Practice can make your brain better at focusing

A new study examines how expertise changes the brain<p>Practicing paying attention can boost performance on a new task, and change the way the brain processes information, a new study says. This might explain why learning a new skill can start out feeling grueling, but eventually becomes more natural …

The Brain

What is the vagus nerve?

The vagus nerve is the longest and most complex of the 12 pairs of cranial nerves that emanate from the brain. It transmits information to or from …

Pain

The neuroscience of motivation—and how it can change your life

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, freelancer, or manager, there’s no underestimating the power of motivation.<p>Motivation is what energizes, maintains, and controls your behavior against internal and external forces. The type of motivation in different situations can help you excel. The type of …

Motivation

Being Forgetful Is A Sign Your Brain Is Working Properly, Says Science

Forgetful people are the smartest. Yay, parents!<p>Parents rejoice! A new study shows that being forgetful may be a sign of your brain is actually …

The Brain

The best way to remember a word that’s on the tip of your tongue

A few years ago when I was driving home from work, the song “Rock Me Amadeus” came on the radio. I smiled thinking back on my memories from the mid 1980s when that song was popular. I could easily recall how the singer looked dressed as Mozart in the song’s music video, and I remembered he was from …

Language

"Mind reading" technology can now decode complex thoughts

In the past, "mind reading" systems have been able to guess what single-digit number a person might be thinking of, but deeper thoughts have been …

The Brain

Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

The purpose of memory might not be to record everything<p>Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing.<p>So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal <i>Neuron</i>. The argument is that …

The Brain

Elon Musk wants to link computers to our brains to prevent an existential threat to humanity

Elon Musk is a busy guy.<p>He's developing electric vehicles, self-driving cars, tunnel-boring infrastructure technology, and re-usable rockets (with the goal of getting humans to Mars).<p>Given Musk's ambitiousness, it's not totally surprising that he is also launching a company that will look into ways …

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain's Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

The Damage of Depression<p>Depression is becoming an epidemic that is damaging individuals, society, and the economy. Its has become the leading source …

Are left-handed people more gifted than others? Our study suggests it may hold true for maths

The belief that there is a link between talent and left-handedness has a long history. Leonardo da Vinci was left-handed. So were Mark Twain, Mozart, …

A neuroscientist explains how being bilingual makes your brain more robust

Marian Sigman, a neuroscientist and author of "The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels, and Decides," explains how babies that grow up bilingual will have brain functions that might be superior to those children that only speak one language. Following is a transcript of the</i> …