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  • UCLA neurophysicists find brain reacts differently to virtual reality
    UCLA neurophysicists find brain reacts differently to virtual reality
    Virtual reality is popular these days for activities ranging from gaming to military training. Although this technology is designed to mimic the real thing, UCLA neurophysicists have found that the brain reacts differently to virtual reality it...
  • Neurogenesis occurring in the hippocampus
    Neurogenesis: Once Thought Impossible, Now Viewed as Mechanism for New Memories
    AbstractFor many years it was “believed that you were born with all the neurons you would ever get” (Skaggs, p. 50). Since the 1990s, however, that dogmatic thought has been challenged, but due to insufficient technology testing was...
  • Brain abnormalities
    Another recent study confirms that early life stress impacts brain structure
    A study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and published recently in the journal Biological Psychiatry, made findings that childhood stress leads to brain abnormalities. Such findings have been made by a number of studies in recent years....
  • Damage to hippocampal region of brain from childhood trauma
    Yale study links childhood trauma to decreased gray matter volume in the brain
    Numerous studies have shown that childhood trauma, including child abuse and neglect, lead to brain abnormalities, changes in brain structure and function. Recent studies have used modern technologies such as MRI and fMRI scans to make these...
  • Red wine being poured into glass
    Resveratrol improves memory performance of older adults
    Can resveratrol preserve brain health during the aging process?Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound found in red wine has lead scientists to explore the possible health benefits. It is believed that resveratrol may help explain the “French...
  • New brain cells erase old memories reports new study
    New brain cells erase old memories reports new study
    Most would agree that growing new neurons (brain cells) would be a good thing. However, a new study has reported that the development of new neurons in the hippocampus, an area of the brain where memories are stored) can erase old memories. The...
  • More evidence that wireless radiation impairs learning
    More evidence that wireless radiation impairs learning
    More research has been published supporting the belief that electromagnetic fields can have a negative impact on the brain. Because research on human fetuses is unethical--as it should be--these researchers used Wistar rats. Their findings,...
  • Fitness Improves Brainpower
    Fitness Improves Brainpower
    By growing new neurons, it seems the brain is another muscle that grows through exercise and fitness. Studies continue to reveal that not only are people who exercise better equipped to handle stress, they are also less likely to develop cognitive...
  • Impoverished child
    Childhood poverty linked to smaller brain size
    A new study published in the Oct. 28 online edition of JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children growing up in impoverished environments with parents who lack good nurturing skills are more likely to have smaller brain volume.“We’ve known...
  • Is a greedy liver starving your brain?
    Is a greedy liver starving your brain?
    A strange new study led by neurological sciences professor Kalipada Pahan at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago has caused researchers there to believe that competition between the liver and the brain over a certain protein called PPARalpha...
  • Sleeping preschooler
    Daytime naps help preschoolers learn
    Classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing their memory, according to a study published Sept. 23 in the online Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recruited...
  • Running may change the way the brain responds to stress and anxiety
    Running may change the way the brain responds to stress and anxiety
    New study results published by theNational Institutes of Health on July 3, indicate that physical exercise, particularly running, can change the way the brain responds to anxiety and stress.A Princeton Universityresearch team explored changes to...
  • brain differences in autism
    Autistic brains have structural differences
    Many of us are aware logically that the brain of a person with autism would be different or work differently than a non-autistic brain. But now science has the proof as to what is different, even if they are still debating on the why.The Autism...
  • Brain cells stress and depression study can only help multiple sclerosis patients
    Brain cell stress and depression study can only help multiple sclerosis patients
    Fueled by the desire to help patients who suffer from depression to receive improved medications, researchers at King’s College London were able to publish their findings yesterday of their look into neurogenesis, the adult brain’s...
  • Beth Patterson Hippocampus
    Beth Patterson performs at the Kerry Irish Pub
    This last Sunday night of February presented New Orleans with a downpour. In spite of this, the Kerry Irish Pub on Decatur invited passers-by with warmth and music. The music and energy came from Beth Patterson, an award-winning artist who plays a...