The Sensitive Brain at Rest

Research uncovers patterns in the resting brains of highly sensitive people You know that raw overwhelm people have been reporting after months of a pandemic, compounded by economic issues and social unrest? Does fatigue and compulsive social media scrolling strike a...

Could leak in blood-brain barrier cause poor memory?

Have you forgotten where you laid your keys?  Ever wondered where you had parked your car? Or having trouble remembering the name of the new neighbor? Unfortunately, these things seem to get worse as one gets older. A big question for researchers is where does...

Sleep is vital to associating emotion with memory

When you slip into sleep, it’s easy to imagine that your brain shuts down, but University of Michigan research suggests that groups of neurons activated during prior learning keep humming, tattooing memories into your brain. U-M researchers have been studying...

Mediterranean diet linked to thinking skills

People who eat a Mediterranean-style diet—particularly one rich in green leafy vegetables and low in meat—are more likely to stay mentally sharp in later life, a study shows. Closely adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with higher scores on a...

Balancing brain cell activity

Specialized sites within nerve cells are responsible for a rapid balancing of the amount of activity in the brain. To process information in our brains, nerve cells produce brief electrical impulses, called action potentials, triggered from one highly specialized...

Where do our minds wander? Brain waves can point the way

Anyone who has tried and failed to meditate knows that our minds are rarely still. But where do they roam? New research led by UC Berkeley has come up with a way to track the flow of our internal thought processes and signal whether our minds are focused, fixated or...

Brain Signature of Loneliness

Neural “signature” may reflect how we respond to feelings of social isolation This holiday season will be a lonely one for many people as social distancing due to COVID-19 continues, and it is important to understand how isolation affects our health. A new...

Exercise can improve learning and memory

Are you plagued with a continuing case of forgetting where you’ve placed your keys? A spot of exercise could be just the answer after it was revealed how physical exercise can revitalize your brain. Queensland Brain Institute researcher Dr Tara Walker was...

Psychotherapy in Pain Management

Psychotherapy in Pain Management: New Viewpoints and Treatment Targets Based On A Brain Theory by Robert Moss A note from Richard Hill. Robert Moss has produced a paper for the AIMS Neuroscience Journal that is so thorough and rich with neuroscience literature, that I...

Stroke: The Second Time That The System Fails

After a stroke, there is an increased risk of suffering a second one. If areas in the left hemisphere were affected during the first attack, language is often impaired. In order to maintain this capability, the brain usually briefly drives up the counterparts on the right side. But what happens after a second attack? Medical researchers have now found an answer by using virtual lesions.

The Dimensional Systems Model

The Dimensional Systems Model explains higher cortical functions on the basis of cortical columns that serve as the basic information unit. Although the original theory was developed in 1984, it was considered too speculative and untestable by peer reviewers. However,...