Brain Region Explains Why Aphasia Patients Can Understand Written, But Not Spoken WordsNews
Patients in a new Northwestern Medicine study were able to comprehend words that were written but not said aloud. They could write the names of things they saw but not verbalize them. This provides an insight into the brain degeneration that defines the rare dementia termed primary progressive aphasia.
Team Sport Participation Linked to Brain Changes in ChildrenNews
Adult depression has long been associated with shrinkage of the hippocampus, a brain region that plays an important role in memory and response to stress. Now, new research has linked participation in team sports to larger hippocampal volumes in children and less depression in boys ages 9 to 11.
Sleep and Ageing: Two Sides of the Same Coin?News
Researchers have discovered a brain process common to sleep and ageing in research that could pave the way for new treatments for insomnia. The scientists report how oxidative stress leads to sleep. Oxidative stress is also believed to be a reason why we age and a cause of degenerative diseases.Read more
Of Mice, Men and... Computers?News
Research carried out at SISSA in Trieste (Italy) and recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience confirms the similarities between rats, primates and artificial vision systems, a correspondence that paves the way to promising developments in the AI field.Read more
Lower Brain Connectivity Makes the Working Day Tougher for Night OwlsArticle
Working together with scientists at the University of Campinas in Brazil, and the University of Surrey, Birmingham researchers found that the brains of night owls have lower levels of connectivity in many brain regions which are implicated in the maintenance of consciousness.
Exploring Sleep and Genetics on World Sleep Day 2019Article
March 15, 2019 marks World Sleep Day, an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society to celebrate sleep. Today, we explore the scientific research that looks at the links between our genes, why we sleep, and the negative impact a lack of sleep may have.Read more
Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in ScienceArticle
We recently spoke with Jessica Wade, PhD, a physicist at Imperial College London to learn more about her extraordinary efforts to raise the profile of female scientists and other underrepresented groups in science.Read more
World Yoga Day: Finding the OM in GenOMicsArticle
A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. Today, on World Yoga Day, people come together across the world to celebrate the unity that yoga brings. However, from a scientific perspective, what evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?
'Smiling depression': It's Possible to be Depressed While Appearing HappyArticle
Here's why that's particularly dangerous.Read more