Cognitive Dissonance: Musicians' Brain React Differently to Inharmonious SoundsNews
A study examining human musical perception has compared how the brain reacts when musical sequences perceived do not finish as might be expected. The results of the study have shown that although the perception of music is universal, training in music alters its perception.READ MORE
Previously Undiscovered Immune Cell Population Affects Learning and MemoryNews
A new study has suggested that not only are there immune cell populations hiding undiscovered in the body, but they might have impacts far beyond protection from intruding microorganisms.READ MORE
APOE-Activated Microglia Could Form Link Between Tau Tangles and Neurodegeneration, Suggests Mouse StudyNews
Tangles of a protein called tau can be found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. A new study has found that brain immune cells called microglia form the crucial link between protein clumping and brain damage. The research shows that eliminating such cells cuts tau-linked brain damage in mice - showing a way forward for studies in humans.READ MORE
If you are an introvert, force yourself to be an extravert. You’ll be happier. That’s the suggestion of the first-ever study asking people to act like extraverts for a prolonged period. For one week, the 123 participants were asked to – in some cases – push the boundaries of their willingness to engage, by acting as extraverts.READ MORE
A new study has found that bidding in a competitive market, our brains use a special type of heuristic to adjust the price depending on the success of previous attempts to buy goods. Moreover, this learning mechanism involves not only the cerebral cortex, but the evolutionary ancient brain area of the striatum.
We all know that food shopping when hungry is a bad idea but new research suggests that people might want to avoid making any important decisions about the future on an empty stomach.READ MORE
Two years after discovering a way to neutralize a rogue protein linked to Alzheimer's disease, University of Alberta Distinguished University Professor and neurologist Jack Jhamandas has found a new piece of the Alzheimer's puzzle, bringing him closer to a treatment for the disease.
New research from BYU shows just how important positive childhood experiences are for our long-term health — especially for those who experience significant adversity as a child.
Researchers have reported that bone marrow cells used to treat ischemic stroke in an expanded Phase I trial were not only safe and feasible, but also resulted in enhanced recovery compared to a matched historical control group.READ MORE
The intensity of brain activity during the day, notwithstanding how long we've been awake, appears to increase our need for sleep, according to a new UCL study in zebrafish.
A study carried out with a new human stem cell-derived model reveals that the most prevalent genetic risk factor of Alzheimer's disease (AD), apolipoprotein E4 (APOE4), impairs the function of human brain immune cells, microglia. These findings pave the way for new, effective treatment approaches for AD. The results were published in Stem Cell Reports.