Lack of socialization reduces brain’s myelin in mice

Nov 29, 2012 by

When adult mice are isolated from social contact, their brains produce less myelin (the sheath around the nerve fibers). They also found that they had fewer myelin-forming cells in the part of the brain used for thinking and complex emotions....

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Kids from low-income homes use brains differently

Nov 28, 2012 by

Kids from low-income households use their brains differently. In a recent study of kids between ages 12 and 14, it was found that those from low-income families allocate more attention to unimportant tasks than those of their higher-income peers. This discrepancy in selective attention is likely due to the fact that kids who live in lower-income areas have more of a need to be aware of their surroundings. As this article puts it, they “live in environments which are more intimidating.”...

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Canadian brain training company seeing significant results

Nov 19, 2012 by

Arrowsmith, a brain training program in Canada is showing significant results in  “rewiring the brain” and plasticity. http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/nov/19/education-spotlight-brain-...

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Dopamine helps improve long-term memory

Nov 13, 2012 by

In a recent study out of Germany, researchers found that subjects between 65 and 75 who were given a precursor of dopamine performed better in memory tests....

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Caffeine improves cognitive ability to process positive words...

Nov 9, 2012 by

Caffeine improves cognitive ability to process positive, but not negative or neutral words. Most of us have heard that caffeine can improve simple cognitive tasks, but a new study found that 2 to 3 cups of coffee specifically increases the brain’s ability to process only positive words....

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Early intervention for autism shows significant improvement

Nov 7, 2012 by

A new study found that children on the autism spectrum who underwent “pivotal response treatment” showed better brain function, increased communication and improved behavior....

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