Category: Brain

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

EEG recordings prove learning foreign languages can sharpen our minds

Scientists from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) together with colleagues from the University of Helsinki have discovered that learning foreign languages enhances the our brain’s elasticity and its ability to code information. The more foreign languages we learn, the more effectively our brain reacts and processes the data accumulated in the course of learning. […]

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging n order to expose more students to computer science, 17 states have passed legislation to createbasic math and science requirements in the curriculum, rather than count them as electives. But lawmakers in Texas have made computer programming count toward a foreign language requirement, with […]

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Going to the supermarket when you’re hungry can often result in some rather bizarre and reckless purchases, but a new study suggests that food shopping may not be the only task that’s inadvisable on an empty stomach. According to the researchers, who have published their work in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a particular hormone released when […]

Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission To Attempt To Use Stem Cells To Reactivate The Brains Of The Dead

Biotech Company Granted Ethical Permission To Attempt To Use Stem Cells To Reactivate The Brains Of The Dead

A biotech company in the U.S. has been granted ethical permission by an Institutional Review Board in the U.S. and India to use 20 brain-dead patients for what is sure to be a highly controversial study: From next year, they plan to stimulate their nervous systems in order to restart the brains. Bioquark is hoping that its […]

What Are Delusions – And How Best Can We Treat Them?

What Are Delusions – And How Best Can We Treat Them?

From believing that clouds are alien spaceships to thinking that MI6 agents are following you in unmarked cars, delusions are the hallmark of severe mental illness. Even psychologists and psychiatrists who work with delusional patients remain puzzled about why someone can possibly hold such beliefs when the evidence is clearly contradictory. And if we can’t […]

Just One Teaspoon Of This Legal Drug Could Kill You

Just One Teaspoon Of This Legal Drug Could Kill You

Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. For many of us, the day doesn’t start without a dose. But you’d be wrong to think it isn’t without its dangers. Two young people have died in the past few years from taking caffeine in its powdered form, sparking new debate about how we see this […]

New protein injection reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice in just one week

New protein injection reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice in just one week

Researchers have discovered that an injection of a protein called IL-33 can reverse Alzheimer’s-like symptoms and cognitive decline in mice, restoring their memory and cognitive function to the same levels as healthy mice in the space of one week. Mice bred to develop a progressive Alzheimer’s-like disease as they aged (called APP/PS1 mice) were given […]

When it comes to brains, size doesn’t matter

When it comes to brains, size doesn’t matter

Crows, ravens, and other corvids are sometimes called feathered apes. Like primates, these birds form social groups, use tools, solve puzzles, recognize faces, and enjoy a good joke (especially if it’sat the expense of cats). Now a group of researchers has shown in a series of tests that corvids exhibit the same levels of self-control […]

Suppressing Memories May Cause Amnesia Research Says

Suppressing Memories May Cause Amnesia Research Says

Everyone has memories that they prefer not to dwell on, although according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, consciously suppressing one’s recollection of certain events can leave an “amnesic shadow,” resulting in the erasure of other unrelated memories. The processes behind creating, retrieving, and forgetting memories are still not fully understood, although […]

Electrical brain stimulation could boost benefits of stroke rehabilitation

Electrical brain stimulation could boost benefits of stroke rehabilitation

To probe the effects of brain stimulation, the researchers chose 24 patients who had experienced a stroke at least six months before, and who had difficulties with moving one hand. The participants were then split into two groups. The first group underwent nine consecutive days of rehabilitation training, with each session lasting an hour. For […]