How the brain adapts after injury

Jan 18, 2022 by

A University of Gottingen study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that the brain compensates after damage (e.g., a stroke) by reorganizing itself. The extracellular matrix loosens and depending if the brain is healthy or diseased, this...

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Brain mechanisms involved in learning also drive social conformity...

Jan 13, 2022 by

Research reported in the journal Psychophysiology has shown that the same brain systems known to play a role in learning from trial and error are also engaged when people conform to social norms. This indicates that changing your behavior...

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How visuals increase attention

Jan 11, 2022 by

Authors from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio published a paper in the journal Science Advances in which they report that norepinephrine is locally regulated in the visual cortex. As they explain, a certain amount...

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Probiotics may improve cognitive function in people with MCI

Jan 6, 2022 by

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Foods suggests that probiotic supplementation may improve cognitive function in people with mild cognitive impairment. The researchers found that probiotic intervention at the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, such as...

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Light exercise associated with lower dementia risk

Jan 4, 2022 by

A new study published in JAMA Open Network has found an association between light-intensity exercise and reduced risk of dementia in older adults. Of the 62,286 participants (all of whom were 65 or older), active participants had a 20%...

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Listening to favorite music improves brain plasticity

Dec 30, 2021 by

Two Toronto-based research facilities teamed up to study the effects of listening to your favorite music on plasticity. They found that repeated listening to “personally meaningful music” includes beneficial brain plasticity in patients with mild cognitive impairment or early...

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