Out of Left Field

June 5, 2019

Language is processed in networks across the brain, not just the left hemisphere. New research suggests one aspect the left focuses on is how sounds change over time, while the right tracks pitch and frequency of speech.

How our Brains Respond to Texture

May 22, 2019

Running your hand across fabric swatches, you can easily tell silk from satin, cotton from linen. New research shows that rich neural activity is responsible for the myriad textures we sense every day.

Stem-Cell Therapies Show Early Promise for Vision Loss

May 15, 2019

Three early-stage clinical trials use stem cells to save the cells that feed starving photoreceptors in age-related macular degeneration.

Another Setback for Parkinson’s Treatment

May 1, 2019

New method to infuse the putamen with the protein GDNF has mixed success in small trial. The method itself could be applied to other treatments, as well.

Understanding the Links between Social Media and Depression

April 17, 2019

It’s more what people do on social media and less how much time they spend doing it that affects mood, suggests a new study. Perhaps “improving” habits of usage could also improve mood?

Cerebellum Good for More than Moving You Around

April 3, 2019

While it’s famed for its fine-tuning of movements internal and external, researchers find more evidence that it fine-tunes cognitive control, sensation, and emotional processing, too.

Synapse Loss in Schizophrenia?

March 27, 2019

Researchers show not only that microglia derived from the schizophrenic patients engulfed more synapses than those derived from people without the disorder, but also that the patient-derived synapses were more prone to being targeted by all the microglia.

Turning Thoughts into Spoken Words

March 6, 2019

Technology to translate thoughts into speech would help patients who cannot speak regain their ability to communicate. Three studies describe efforts towards such brain-computer interfaces.

Harnessing Imagination to Calm Fears

February 27, 2019

“We know that imagery and visualization techniques can be helpful but this really is the first step to understanding why scientifically,” says researcher Tor Wager.

Following the Threads: The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Psychosis

February 13, 2019

“All types of abuse, irrespective of their nature, were associated with a higher risk for psychosis,” says one researcher, and the more types of abuse that a child experiences, the higher the risk.

Finding Links Between Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease

February 6, 2019

Evidence is growing that microbes, especially viruses, have a connection to Alzheimer’s pathology, but it’s still not clear what is cause and what effect.

A Patient’s Choice in Treatment Affects PTSD Outcomes

January 30, 2019

Patients who were given their treatment of choice stayed in the program longer and showed fewer symptoms at the end of one study than those randomly assigned to treatment that they did not prefer.

A Link Between Sense of Smell and Spatial Memory

January 9, 2019

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it disrupts both navigation and olfaction; scientists are starting to tease out why, which might help them find an early-indicator test for people at risk before these systems start to break down.

Using Neuroscience Evidence to Argue Against Solitary Confinement

January 3, 2019

From scathing reports to court cases, advocates at a Society for Neuroscience meeting describe their efforts to end the mentally harmful practice of confining people.

Seeing Through the Haze of Cannabis Research on Epilepsy

December 5, 2018

Over thousands of years, tales about using cannabis to treat epilepsy accumulated. The FDA recently approved a solution containing cannabidiol, an ingredient of cannabis, for treating childhood epilepsy. But does cannabidiol live up to expectations?

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