Memories that have been “lost” as a result of amnesia can be recalled by activating brain cells with light.
A new study by UCLA neuroscientists sheds light on why Facebook is such a popular diversion for people who feel like taking a break. Their research shows that even during quiet moments, our brains are preparing us to be socially connected to other people.
New research proposes that general inflammation of the brain and related body parts — not just traditional concussion and neurotrauma — can cause the array of symptoms typically associated only with post-concussion syndrome.
In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, scientists found that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people. The brain scans showed that study participants increased their perceived value of a gamble after seeing other people take that gamble. The neural signals also predicted the likelihood that participants would conform to others’ choices.
The brainstorms generated by the billions of neurons inside a baby’s head are governed by the same rules as other massive natural phenomena.
According to a new study, individuals who had a history of depression were significantly more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease later in life. Furthermore, the risk rose with the severity of depression, as those who were hospitalized for the condition were even more likely to develop Parkinson’s.
Two recent studies show blood-sugar levels can affect the brain—-adding new evidence that diabetes might be a significant risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Investigators at Stanford University have found a surprising link between creative problem-solving and heightened activity in the cerebellum, a structure located in the back of the brain and more typically thought of as the body’s movement-coordination center.
The most detailed study to date showing how electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing has been carried out in 40 volunteers by University of Manchester scientists.
Finally this week, a man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain. The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted into commands for the arm.