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Seasonal allergies could change your brain Hay fever may do more than give you a stuffy nose and itchy eyes, seasonal allergies may change the brain, says a study published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience. Scientists found that brains of mice exposed to allergen actually produced more neurons than controls, they did this using a model of grass [...]
Study finds prewired connections in the brain are key to reading A new study from MIT reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections for that skill even before children learn to read. By scanning the brains of children before and after they learned to read, the researchers found that they could predict the precise location where each child’s visual word form area (VWFA) [...]
Some psychotic disorders may be induced by drugs designed to combat effects of epilepsy Today Brain publishes a new study indicating that antiepileptic drugs designed to reduce seizures, may also induce psychotic disorders in some patients. Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders. People with epilepsy have increased vulnerability to psychiatric problems. However, it is also possible that the drugs used by patients to control their seizures [...]
Negative attention from teachers can lead to more negative student behaviors Previous research has found that student-teacher interactions during the school day are important factors in behavioral and academic outcomes for the students. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri College of Education have developed a new method for observing and measuring teacher interaction with every child in a classroom. As a result of testing this [...]
Activating dopamine neurons could turn off binge-like eating behavior While binge eating affects about 10 percent of adults in the United States, the neurobiological basis of the disease is unclear. Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital found that certain neural circuits have the ability to inhibit binge-like eating behavior in mice. Their report [...]
Cognitive scientists find the brain’s ‘physics engine’ Whether or not they aced the subject in high school, human beings are physics masters when it comes to understanding and predicting how objects in the world will behave. A Johns Hopkins University cognitive scientist has found the source of that intuition, the brain’s “physics engine.” This engine, which comes alive when people watch physical [...]
New model recreates early spread of Parkinson’s disease in the brain They’re two of the biggest mysteries in Parkinson’s disease research–where does the disease start? And how can it be stopped early in the process? Now, a new laboratory model of Parkinson’s is giving scientists an inside look at what happens in the brain years before motor symptoms appear. Specifically, it demonstrates how abnormal alpha-synuclein proteins, [...]
Online gaming can boost math, science and reading skills among 15-year-old students Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. But school students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science. Associate Professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance [...]
Watching cartoons could help children overcome anxiety of dental treatment Watching cartoons through video glasses during dental treatment could help lessen children’s anxiety and distress as well as reducing disruptive behaviour, according to a randomized controlled trial published in Acta Odontologia Scandinavica. Anxiety about visiting the dentist and during treatment is common in children. Estimates suggest that as many as 1 in 5 school age [...]
For Better Student Writing, Reading Comprehension And Thinking: Teach... And, but, when, although and because are some of the most common conjunctions. We hear and read them all the time, yet many students don’t use conjunctions in their writing, … ...
3 Signs You Might Be Carrying Your Mother’s Insecurities... You may feel inadequate, filled with self-doubt, and don’t know why. This may be stealing your confidence and joy in ways that are hidden to you. You may be so used to living this way you aren’t even aware that life could feel any different. … ...
Human brain recordings provide highly sought insights into cause of Parkinson's disease A team of researchers is the first to systematically record neural activity in the human striatum, a deep brain structure that plays a major role in cognitive and motor function. These two functions are compromised in Parkinson's disease, which makes the neuron-firing abnormalities the study results revealed key to better understanding the pathophysiology of PD and, ultimately, developing better treatments and preventions.
New model recreates early spread of Parkinson's disease in the brain They're two of the biggest mysteries in Parkinson's disease research -- where does the disease start? And how can it be stopped early in the process?
Researchers find brain's 'physics engine' Whether or not they aced the subject in high school, human beings are physics masters when it comes to understanding and predicting how objects in the world will behave. Cognitive scientists have found the source of that intuition, the brain's 'physics engine.'
Early brain connections key to reading A new study reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections necessary for that skill even before children learn to read. By scanning the brains of children before and after they learned to read, the researchers found they could predict the location where each child's visual word form area (VWFA) would develop.
Adele and Amy Schumer and Self-esteem “I’m amazing for you, not because of you.” Do you compare yourself to others, your life to other lives? That may be natural, even inevitable, since we live as social … ...
Does Trump Suffer From Narcissistic Personality Disorder? Whether narcissism is a real disorder – as opposed to a dimension of personality on which we all vary - is controversial. Does Donald Trump conform to the clinical pattern?
More Evidence Linking Reading and Empathy Reading a book might not just be a fun way to kill some time. According to a growing body of research, it can also make you better at understanding what other people are thinking and feeling. When you start a new book, you’re invited to immerse yourself in a new...
How to Know What You Need in Relationships I see a lot of couples who are working on their relationships. I also see a lot of individuals who are unhappy in their relationships but don’t know where to … ...
Are you my Tinderella? I had my first tinder date thing this past weekend and I think it is safe to say, I don’t think tinder dating is for me. I had been texting … ...