Weekly Neuroscience Update

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Researchers show how brain connections, or synapses, are lost early in Alzheimer’s disease and demonstrate that the process starts, and could potentially be halted, before telltale plaques accumulate in the brain.

Older adults who exercise regularly could buy an extra decade of good brain functioning, a new study suggests.

Researchers have identified an area of the brain that helps us to perceive boundaries.

Using a sophisticated MRI technique, researchers have found abnormalities in the brain’s white matter tracts in patients with insomnia. Results of the study were published online in the journal Radiology.

A pioneering new study has revealed how an individual’s movement can give a unique insight into their inherent personality traits.

The fluctuations of your heartbeat may affect your wisdom, according to new research.

Researchers have found that the emotional impact experienced by music listeners depends on the concert hall’s acoustics.

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) use causes changes in the way that people think about time that may help develop drug therapies for people suffering from depression, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Repeated minor trauma to the head and other body parts can lead to early dementia, according to a new study.

The risk of schizophrenia in children associated with younger and older maternal age appears to be partly explained by the genetic association between schizophrenia and age at first birth, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.

A new imaging study shows that intense exercise boosts two critical neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — resulting in better mental fitness.

Religion and science activate different networks in the brain and each suppresses the other, new research finds.

Sensory neurons in human muscles provide important information used for the perception and control of movement. Learning to move in a novel context also relies on the brain’s independent control of these sensors, not just of muscles, according to a new study published in the journal Current Biology.

Finally this week, women with Alzheimer’s have poorer cognitive abilities than men at the same stage of the disease, according to a new paper published in World Journal of Psychiatry.

 

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