Heart Associations Add Brain-Health Recommendations

May 22, 2018

Researchers find strong connections between mid-life heart health and later-life brain health.

Synthetic Opioid Driving Overdose Death Rate

May 14, 2018

An unintended consequence of manufacturing a drug as quick and powerful as fentanyl is how easily the smallest overdose can kill: Currently nearly half of overdoses involve the drug, alone or in combination with other drugs, a NIDA study reports.

The Eyes Are Windows into the Brain

May 8, 2018

Tracking eye movements and how they change could help doctors identify signs of brain diseases.

How the Posterior Parietal Cortex Makes Meaning Out of What We Sense

May 1, 2018

Neurons in this area may be part of the mechanism that pulls the aggregate memory of similar sensations to help identify or place a new sensation.

Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

April 24, 2018

“Ordinary” mental processes combine in unexpected ways across the brain when we are tapping our creativity.

Overcoming Mental Health Disparities Across Racial Communities

April 15, 2018

Researchers find that a standard tool for assessing depression does not correctly identify the disorder in minority groups.

Treating Cognitive Decline in HIV Patients

April 10, 2018

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to stemming progression of mental problems in people with HIV.

New Method of Neural Signaling May Help Explain Obesity

March 23, 2018

Genetic changes that influence activity on the cell body of neurons, not the synapses, change eating behavior in mice.

Beyond Emotion: Understanding the Amygdala’s Role in Memory

March 13, 2018

Deep-stimulation experiments in rats and people suggest that increasing activity in the amygdalae can do more than just add emotional weight to a memory.

New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

March 7, 2018

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

February 22, 2018

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.

Of Mindfulness and Incarceration

February 12, 2018

Spending time in jail or prison can harm a person’s brain functions related to cognitive control and emotional regulation. An intervention combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy appears to offset this effect in teenage boys for at least a few months. 

Seeking the Mental Roads that Lead to Suicide

January 30, 2018

Many experts now considered suicidal behavior a psychiatric disorder in its own right. Could inflammation be a trigger, or an effect?

Seeking the Earliest Traces of Autism

January 17, 2018

With the development of imaging tools that can scan babies’ brains, researchers have learned a great deal about the genetic bases of autistic traits.

Aging and Decision-Making: A Neuroanatomical Approach

January 9, 2018

Diminished decision-making appears to be linked not just to a number (your age) but to specific changes in gray matter volume in certain brain areas.

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