Brain & Psychology

Insulin For Alzheimer’s Disease

Image courtesy: Marcelo Vieira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

New research published today says that insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes, might some day be useful for treating or preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Undoing Depression

You can train dogs to bark or sit. But what about training mice to grow new brain cells? A Nobel Prize winning scientist has done that, and he says it could lead to new ways to treat depression in people.

Violence Not What Attracts Video Gamers, Says Study

Just a few days after a U.S. congressman proposed legislation that would brand violent video games with a health warning, a new study, released today, shows that violence is not what attracts players. The research could be reassuring news for parents.

Brain “Boot Camp” Makes You Smarter

Is getting more exercise among your New Year’s resolutions? What about some training for your brain? Researchers have put people through a series of brain exercises—a brain boot camp—and found that, just like exercise for your body, exercise for your brain pays off.

Your Memory Is Bigger and Better Than Scientists Expected

Good news about our brains—turns out our visual memory is bigger and better than previously thought. The study authors even offer a tip to help improve your memory, and keep you from losing your keys.

Virtual Reality Helps War Heroes Recover From Burns

It’s pain you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, let alone our veterans. But now, a cool, high-tech virtual reality game gives soldiers an escape during excruciating wound treatment. This ScienCentral News video explains how this game can make the unbearable treatment fun.

Threat and Politics: Are Political Views Rooted in Biology?

If you got into an argument this election season with someone who supported the other guy, chances are neither of you won. Maybe it’s not just stubbornness. New research has found that people with strong opposing political views might also have very different physical responses to threat.

Addicted Brain Changes

New research is overturning previous thoughts about how addiction permanently changes the brain. Researchers hope these new insights might lead to new ways of treating addicts.

“Tongue Mouse” Can Control a Wheelchair or Computer

Imagine changing channels or surfing the web with just a flick of your tongue. Researchers have come up with such a device. As this ScienCentral News video shows, it’s for those who are paralyzed that the system holds the most promise.

Baby Talk & Brain Waves

Researchers studying the brains of toddlers say the strength of their brain waves can indicate language ability. The research might lead to early identification of language impairment. [If you cannot see the flash video below, you can click here for a high quality mp4 video.] Interviewees: April Benasich, Center for Neurosciences at Rutgers& Gary Marcus, […]


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