|Exercise may be associated with reduced disease activity in children with MS
||Children with multiple sclerosis who exercise regularly may have a less active disease. For the study, 31 children with MS and 79 who had experienced a single inflammatory neurologic event were given questionnaires about tiredness, depression and how often they exercised. Of those, 60 were also given MRI brain scans to measure brain volume and the amount and type of MS lesions they had.
|Rapid eye movements in sleep reset dream ‘snapshots’
||Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the period in which we experience vivid dreams, was discovered by scientists in the 1950s. Because REM sleep is associated with dreaming, on the one hand, and eye movement, on the other, it has been tempting to assume that each movement of the eye is associated with a specific dream [...]
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|Sex does matter: Key molecular process in brain is different in males and females
||Male and female brains operate differently at a molecular level, a Northwestern University research team reports in a new study of a brain region involved in learning and memory, responses to stress and epilepsy. Many brain disorders vary between the sexes, but how biology and culture contribute to these differences has been unclear. Now Northwestern [...]
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|Searching the Internet inflates estimates of internal knowledge
||Working in groups is advantageous because different individuals can be responsible for different information, allowing each individual to develop more in-depth expertise. For instance, a plumber, electrician, and carpenter work together to build a house, but each is responsible for unique aspects of the project. This is an example of a transactive memory system: information [...]
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|Cardiorespiratory fitness linked to thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids
||A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter and do better on math tests than their 'lower-fit' peers.
|Scientists uncover a difference between the sexes
||Many brain disorders vary between the sexes, but how biology and culture contribute to these differences has been unclear. Now neuroscientists have found an intrinsic biological difference between males and females in the molecular regulation of synapses in the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and memory, responses to stress and epilepsy. This finding provides a scientific reason to believe that female and male brains may respond differently to drugs targeting certain synaptic pathways.
|The right dose of exercise for the aging brain
||A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition.
|Rapid eye movements in sleep reset dream 'snapshots'
||Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the period in which we experience vivid dreams, was discovered by scientists in the 1950s. A new study based on rare neuronal data offers the first scientific evidence of the link between rapid eye movement, dream images, and accelerated brain activity.
|Science-backed brain game eases distraction, anxiety
||Researchers have created a surprisingly simple yet targeted brain game that reduces anxiety by helping people focus in an increasingly distracting world. There are a plethora of "brain-training" games on the market, a researcher noted, but they are highly controversial and offer no independent scientific proof they help sharpen focus, let alone reduce anxiety.
|9 Signs Your Desire for Perfection Has Gone Too Far
||There's a fine line between striving for excellence and demanding perfection.
|Why We’re Reluctant to Get Specific
||Do you ever put off doing the thing that would decrease your procrastination? An aversion to planning or adequately specifying what you need to do may be the problem.
|5 Ways to Expand All-or-Nothing Thinking
||You’re either successful or you’re worthless. You’re smart or you’re stupid. You’re a writer or you’re an artist. Your life is wonderful or it’s terrible. Something is right or it’s wrong. These are examples of all-or-nothing thinking (also known as black-and-white thinking). According to Ashley … ...
|Study: Overgeneral memory may be a risk factor for depression in children
||Much is known about major depressive disorder in adults and even adolescents, but the mechanisms underlying the risk for depression have not been studied thoroughly. In a study published in Cognition and Emotion, researchers attempt to examine a possible risk factor for depression, overgeneral autobiographical memory in an at-risk population, children of depressed mothers. The [...]
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|Six Ways to Welcome Adversity
|| It would be nice if we never had to face challenge, if things simply went in a predictable fashion, and we never hit bumps in the road. Or … ...
|A Disturbing Number of Americans Are in Pain
||An analysis conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health has found that an alarming number of Americans experience varying levels of pain on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, people who suffer from frequent bouts of severe pain are also having to cope with diminished health....
|Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'
||A molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss has been discovered by biologists. When the switch is on, the loss of sight in one eye will be compensated by the other eye, but also by tactile input from the whiskers. When the switch is off, only the other eye will take over. These findings may help improve patient susceptibility to sensory prosthetics such as cochlear implants or bionic eyes.
|Target healthy cells to stop brain cancer 'hijack'
||New research into brain cancer suggests treatments should target the cells around a tumor to stop it from spreading.
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|Why Are Millennials Still Living with Their Parents Now...
||Millennials have been the targets of a lot of bashing lately. They have been described as basement kids, nest dwellers, generation stuck, the go-nowhere generation, and the “failure-to-launch” group, all … ...
|9 Ways To Improve Your Child’s Chances For Success
||Many new parents may be too busy to realize it, but Tovah Klein of Columbia University argues that “the ages from two to five are crucial for your child’s long-term healthy development and success—for laying the foundation of who they will become over time.” Here are 9 ways to improve your child's chances for success from "the toddler whisperer."