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Study: Caffeine enhances memory recall among ‘evening people’ — but only in the morning New research in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that caffeine benefits cognition, but only during certain times of the day. The study on “evening-type” college students found that caffeine improved memory recall performance in the early morning, but not in the late afternoon. PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Lee Ryan of the University of Arizona. [...]
Gene that enables memories, sense of direction produces schizophrenia-like symptoms when mutated Mutations in a gene that should enable memories and a sense of direction instead can result in imprecise communication between neurons that contributes to symptoms of schizophrenia, scientists report. They found that dramatically reducing the amount of protein expressed by TMEM108, a gene already associated with schizophrenia, results in fewer, smaller spines, which work like [...]
Are girls really better at reading than boys or are the tests painting a false picture? In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any difference between men’s and women’s reading skills. Why is that? Could the answer be in the way the tests are designed? Girls are often said [...]
Study Confirms Pets Benefit Mental Health (Video) A newly published scientific study finds that pet ownership benefits mental health....
Changes in blood-brain barrier, intestinal permeability found in individuals with autism Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 1 in every 68 children born in this country diagnosed with ASD, parents are looking everywhere for answers about best treatments. Along with selective medication to treat certain [...]
Speaking a tone language like Mandarin enhances musical pitch perception in children Mandarin makes you more musical – and at a much earlier age than previously thought. That’s the suggestion of a new study from the University of California San Diego. But hold on there, overachiever parents, don’t’ rush just yet to sign your kids up for Chinese lessons instead of piano. In a paper published in [...]
Scientists studying PTSD examine how estrogen modulates fear learning Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some points in their menstrual cycles or lifetimes, while high estrogen levels may be protective. New research from Emory University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School provides insight into how estrogen changes gene activity in the brain [...]
Mapping brain in preemies may predict later disability Scanning a premature infant’s brain shortly after birth to map the location and volume of lesions, small areas of injury in the brain’s white matter, may help doctors better predict whether the baby will have disabilities later, according to a new study published in the January 18, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal [...]
Mapping the mind of worms Biologists have identified signals that drive distinct behavior in microscopic nematode worms, and which may hold lessons for human brains.
New data show heightened risk of birth defects with antidepressants A new Université de Montréal study in the British Medical Journal reveals that antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects. The risk – 6 to 10 %, versus 3 to 5 % in women who do not take the drugs – is high enough to merit [...]
Toxic brain cells may drive many neurodegenerative disorders, Stanford-led study finds While most of us haven’t heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve [...]
Study: Heavy alcohol use in adolescence alters brain electrical activity Long-term heavy use of alcohol in adolescence alters cortical excitability and functional connectivity in the brain, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. These alterations were observed in physically and mentally healthy but heavy-drinking adolescents, who nevertheless did not fulfil the diagnostic criteria for a substance abuse [...]
Overinvolvement by mothers may lead a child to constantly expect a threatening environment When mothers of children with social anxiety disorder try to support their children, it often backfires. The results of an experiment involving building difficult puzzles indicate that, even at home, mothers of children with the disorder are more involved with their offspring than mothers of healthy control children. These findings indicate behavioral control on the [...]
How estrogen modulates fear learning Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while high estrogen levels may be protective. New research provides insight into how estrogen changes gene activity in the brain to achieve its protective effects.
The Expectation Game “I can’t believe you are choosing that career path,” your domineering father screams. “You are too nice; you need to be meaner,” your well-meaning uncle prods. “You are too sensitive,” your mother admonishes. Monday morning quarterback? What happens when Monday morning is every morning? As … ...
Study identifies molecular signal for maintaining adult neuron Research in mice points to better understanding of how the structure of nerve cells in the adult hippocampus may deteriorate, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders, report researchers.
The Right Kind of Alcohol Treatment The 2014 Census Bureau recorded 323 million people living in the United States.  Approximately six percent (17 million) are alcoholics—enough people to fill the entire state of Florida.  This group and their loved ones will experience devastating consequences.  On the positive side, most traditional treatments … ...
Here is An Easy Way to Remember More Memory is dynamic, but it needs this clue as to what it should store away so you remember more. Dr Jeremy Dean's ebooks are: The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything
The Key to Finishing Your Creative Project It’s not easy to finish a project—let alone start it—when you know it’ll be judged (when you know you’ll be judged; when someone is judging our work, it’s hard to … ...
Climbing Maslow‘s Pyramid and the Courage to Change! How often do we focus on where our energy really goes when we try to change our behavior? Where does our moral compass guide us? How can our beliefs limit our growth?