Can you stall Alzheimer’s and memory loss? Nutrient-dense Mediterranean diet could help, mounting evidence suggests

Can you stall Alzheimer’s and memory loss? Nutrient-dense Mediterranean diet could help, mounting evidence suggests

Sandee LaMotte | 
Meals inspired by traditional foods from the sunny Mediterranean, a new study found, may lower your risk for dementia by ...
Are human brains the evolved pinnacle of problem-solving evolution? The reality may be more mundane

Are human brains the evolved pinnacle of problem-solving evolution? The reality may be more mundane

Colin Feehly | 
People often assume that evolution has progressed in an upward trajectory, from simple organisms to more complex ones. Because humans ...
‘Mindwriting’: Paralyzed clinical trial patient with brain implant able to ‘type’ words by thinking about writing by hand

‘Mindwriting’: Paralyzed clinical trial patient with brain implant able to ‘type’ words by thinking about writing by hand

Call it “mindwriting.” The combination of mental effort and state-of-the-art technology have allowed a man with spinal injury and immobilized ...
Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

Reach for ice cream when you’re feeling down? Sugar-laden, high-fat foods are comforting, but least likely to benefit mental health

Anahad O'Connor | 
[O]ver the years, a growing body of research has provided intriguing hints about the ways in which foods may affect ...
Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Were self awareness and the ability to plan what set us apart from Neanderthals?

Emily Willingham | 
We bear a trace of Neandertal legacy in our genome, a bequest from ancestral interbreeding. But some experts argue that, ...
‘Game-changing failure’: Trials of two Huntington’s disease-fighting gene therapy drugs halted, in ‘crushing blow’ to sufferers

‘Game-changing failure’: Trials of two Huntington’s disease-fighting gene therapy drugs halted, in ‘crushing blow’ to sufferers

Diana Kwon | 
Researchers had hoped that [a new treatment in trials] —known as antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs)—would be a game changer for [Huntington’s ...
BMI and anorexia: We can now predict which children are most likely to develop an eating disorder

BMI and anorexia: We can now predict which children are most likely to develop an eating disorder

Cara Murez | 
Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?  New ...
Mapping overthinking: Athletes who ‘choke’ under pressure activate areas of the brain involved in long-term thinking

Mapping overthinking: Athletes who ‘choke’ under pressure activate areas of the brain involved in long-term thinking

Are penalty shots a soccer player’s dream or nightmare? Penalties can go either way, which makes them exciting to watch, ...
‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

‘The most terrifying thing’: For an unlucky few, even mild COVID can lead to psychosis. We still don’t know why

Pam Belluck | 
[I]n mid-December, after a mild case of Covid-19, [49-year-old former marine Ivan Agerton] was seized by a kind of psychosis ...
Dunbar’s number: Is the human brain’s capacity for friends really limited to 150?

Dunbar’s number: Is the human brain’s capacity for friends really limited to 150?

Peter Dockrill | 
It's called Dunbar's number: an influential and oft-repeated theory suggesting the average person can only maintain about 150 stable social ...
Viewpoint: ‘Dump Dimorphism’ — Challenging orthodoxy, neuroscientists claim 30 years of studies show ‘no meaningful male-female brain differences’

Viewpoint: ‘Dump Dimorphism’ — Challenging orthodoxy, neuroscientists claim 30 years of studies show ‘no meaningful male-female brain differences’

Lise Eliot | 
Everyone knows the difference between male and female brains. One is chatty and a little nervous, but never forgets and takes ...
Brain size v body size: ‘There is no single evolutionary path to a bigger brain’

Brain size v body size: ‘There is no single evolutionary path to a bigger brain’

Beth Askham | 
Over nearly 200 million years of mammal evolution… researchers have shown that brain size is actually secondary to body size ...
Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

Why do some people cheat? The science of infidelity

Gary Lewandowski | 
There are many reasons why people cheat, and the patterns are more complex than common stereotypes suggest. A fascinating new ...
Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sophie Putka | 
A predilection for afternoon naps does not necessarily mean you need to worry about your own mortality, but the scientific ...
Brains make the difference: Here's the root of human self-reflection and self awareness

Brains make the difference: Here’s the root of human self-reflection and self awareness

Stephen Fleming | 
Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Know Thyself: The Science of Self-Awareness by Stephen M. Fleming. What is it ...
Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

Video: Discovery of Homo naledi suggests ‘maybe brain size isn’t all it’s cracked up to be’ when it comes to human evolution

Shawn Hurst | 
The small brains of Homo naledi raise new questions about the evolution of human brain size. Big brains were costly ...
Anti-aging pill for women? Neutraceutical in development shows significant promise in improving muscle health

Anti-aging pill for women? Neutraceutical in development shows significant promise in improving muscle health

A small clinical trial of postmenopausal women with prediabetes shows that the compound NMN (nicotinamide mononucleotide) improved the ability of ...
Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Viewpoint: What’s causing an explosion in incidents of Parkinson’s disease? Do household products play a role?

Adrienne Matei | 
[Ray] Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, believes a Parkinson’s ...
Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Viewpoint: A case for moderate exercise — We get the most cognitive benefits by ‘performing activities that we evolved to perform’

Jessica Schrader | 
Your body clearly benefits from a daily moderate level of exercising. Does your brain care?  Yes, your brain does pay ...
Still-unnamed rare genetic disease linked to abnormal brain development in children

Still-unnamed rare genetic disease linked to abnormal brain development in children

Scientists have discovered a new genetic disease, which causes some children’s brains to develop abnormally, resulting in delayed intellectual development ...
Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

Does your child snore? Links found to brain changes and behavioral problems as they grow older

Emily Henderson | 
[R]esearchers examined MRI images collected from more than 10,000 children aged 9 to 10 years enrolled in the Adolescent Brain ...
Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Diana Kwon | 
Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited condition that causes widespread deterioration in the brain and disrupts thinking, behaviour, emotion and ...
Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Opioid vaccine could rein in addictions? Shot in development targets fentanyl, blocks drug from reaching the brain

Alexandra Hein | 
Research is underway to develop a twice-per-year vaccine that may help people overcome opioid addiction. The vaccine, which is being ...
How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

How our brain balances and blends past experiences with current perceptions

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Our ability to make sense of our surroundings, to learn, to act and to think all depend on constant, nimble ...
Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

Sex differences: Stress during pregnancy affects babies’ physical and mental health — but males and females are impacted differently

Anjali Sarkar | 
In a new longitudinal study where individuals are followed over a course of 45 years, [researcher Jill] Goldstein and her ...
‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

‘Brain glue’: A new way to help people with traumatic brain injuries

Ed Cara | 
Severe traumatic brain injuries, the sort caused by life-threatening accidents or assault that can send people into comas, are very ...
Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Brain fMRIs can provide critical information — but they reflect human bias more than biological fact

Kelsey Ichikawa | 
Functional magnetic resonance imaging has transformed medicine. It allows non-invasive mapping of a patient’s brain regions to enable more accurate, ...
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