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November 17, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Studying The Brain And Attention And Impulsivity

November 17, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America looked at the brain and impulsiveness. “In this study we investigated how the locus coeruleus (LC), the main source of norepinephrine (NE) in the brain, regulates attention and impulsivity,” study author Andrea Bari told us. “These cognitive functions are essential in everyday life and found to be impaired to various degrees in several pathologies, most prominently in children with attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).” [More]

September 15, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is The Brain Able To Multitask Efficiently?

September 15, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Are you a great multitasker? According to research studies, only two per cent of the population is actually proficient at multitasking. Considered an asset, especially in the workforce, studies are now finding that multitasking actually accounts for a 40 per cent drop in productivity, costing the U.S. economy $650 billion annually. It also results in a 10 per cent drop in IQ. But there are some of us that can do it successfully. So what makes the two per cent of the population who can multitask efficiently different from the rest of us? A new study published in eNeuro looked at the brain and multitasking to get a better sense of where in the brain these functions occur. [More]

September 8, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Importance Of A Healthy BMI During Pregnancy For Baby's Brain Development

September 8, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry looked at maternal prenatal body mass index (BMI) and human fetal brain development. “Given knowledge that the physical well-being of a mother during pregnancy is important for the long-term brain health of her child, we sought to discover whether and how maternal BMI may relate brain development in the womb,” study author Moriah E. Thomason told us. [More]

September 1, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Studying The Early Brain And Autism

September 1, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatric looked at the association between early neural activity and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “We wanted to characterize early brain differences that can be detected before the behavioral signs of autism emerge,” study author Dr. Abigail Dickinson told us. [More]

July 28, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Is It Possible To Decrease Phantom Limb Pain By Training The Brain?

July 28, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the American Academy Journal of Neurology aimed to demonstrate the clinical efficacy of brain-computer interface (BCI) training in the treatment of phantom limb pain. "Previously, phantom limb pain had been treated by mirror therapy which uses a mirror to create an illusion of the phantom hand," study author Takufumi Yanagisawa told us. Yanagisawa is a Professor at the Institute for Advanced Co-creation Studies at Osaka University. [More]

January 27, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Sugar Affects Your Brain

January 27, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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How’s your New Year’s resolution diet coming along? This is about the time people start to fall off the wagon, if it hasn’t happened already. Have you been craving sugar? Has the yummy sweetness been your downfall? Well take heed. Researchers are finding sugar to be as addictive as drugs and alcohol so you've got a mighty opponent to contend with. A recent study published in Scientific Reports looked at the effects sugar can have on the brain. [More]

April 23, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Poverty Impacts Children’s Brain Development Negatively, New Study Confirms

April 23, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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It’s hard to imagine how, annually, over 250 million children in low and middle income countries worldwide do not have the ability to meet their development potential. Is there a link between poverty and brain development? A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Science found that poverty can indeed negatively affect children’s brain development. [More]

October 29, 2015
by Anne Kip Watson

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Football Season - Preventing Child Head Trauma

October 29, 2015 04:04 by Anne Kip Watson  [About the Author]

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With recent headlines for the National Football League on head injuries revealing devastating results, more questions are now being raised about how to keep kids safe from similar future outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University, new research examining the brains of 91 deceased football players found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE in 96 perfect of them. [More]