Teens, anxiety and fear extinction

Sep 28, 2012 by

A new study out of Weill Cornell Medical College has shown that when a threat hits a teen’s brain, they can’t make the fear disappear like adults can. This ability is called fear extinction learning, and researchers believe that teens’ lack of fear extinction learning may be what causes much of the anxiety and stress so often present during the teen years. In fact, one of the researchers said that anxiety disorders tend to spike during or just before adolescence....

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Research shows adult brain can learn like young brain

Sep 26, 2012 by

According to Alex Schelgel, a brain researcher and author of a new paper in the Aug. 2012 issue of Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, the adult brain can learn new things just like younger brains. Schelgel studied the brains of 27 Dartmouth students while they took a Chinese language course. He found actual changes in the structure of their brains....

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Our memory distorts an event each time we recall it

Sep 22, 2012 by

Your memory distorts an event every time you recall it. A new study shows that your brain changes in ways that can distort the next attempt at recall. In fact, your recall can get progressively less accurate to the point that your memory is untrue!...

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Mental imagery training for memory

Sep 21, 2012 by

Using mental imagery training to strengthen memory works very well. The exception is with “lures” (images in tests that are similar, but not the same, as items that were memorized)....

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Arbaclofen, Fragile X and autism

Sep 20, 2012 by

A new drug helps autistic and Fragile X with social interactions. It’s called Arbaclofen and it works by “tamping down” overactive brain signals. Scientists believe it will help people with autism too....

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Brain training and post-op cognitive impairment

Sep 19, 2012 by

Brain training significantly reduces post-op cognitive impairments associated with coronary bypass surgery – especially for attention and memory. The doctor presenting the study believes that brain training should be recommended in addition to the medical follow-up....

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