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Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital. The study, appearing online June 17 in the journal PLOS ONE, uses functional MRI of brain areas associated with executive function, adjusting for socioeconomic [...]
Study links APC gene to learning and autistic-like disabilities Autistic-like behaviors and decreased cognitive ability may be associated with disruption of the function of the Adenomatous Polyposis Coli (APC) gene. When Tufts researchers deleted the gene from select neurons in the developing mouse brain, the mice showed reduced social behavior, increased repetitive behavior, and impaired learning and memory formation, similar to behaviors seen in [...]
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Boost for dopamine packaging protects brain in Parkinson's model An increase in the protein that helps store dopamine, a critical brain chemical, led to enhanced dopamine neurotransmission and protection from a Parkinson's disease-related neurotoxin in mice in a recent study. Dopamine and related neurotransmitters are stored in small storage packages called vesicles by the vesicular monoamine transporter (VMAT2). When released from these packages dopamine can help regulate movement, pleasure, and emotional response.
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In managing boundaries between work and home, technology can be both ‘friend’ and ‘foe’ When it comes to managing boundaries between work responsibilities and home life, technology is our “frenemy.” Technology, specifically mobile technology, can be alternately used to maintain, erase or manage home and work boundaries along a spectrum. That’s according to ongoing research by the University of Cincinnati to be presented June 17 at the Work and Family [...]