Findings could help determine new ways to predict which children are most at risk for developing ADHD. Continue reading “New study finds younger aged children with symptoms of ADHD have reduced brain size”
Though their purpose and function are still largely unknown, mirror neurons in the brain are believed by some neuroscientists to be central to how humans relate to each other. Deficiencies in mirror neurons might also play a role in autism and other disorders affecting social skills. Continue reading “Monkeys’ Brains Synchronize As They Collaborate To Perform A Motor Task”
Cognitive skills developed from music lessons appear to transfer to unrelated subjects, leading to improved academic performance. Continue reading “Music lessons improve children’s cognitive skills and academic performance”
Studies in mice and rats have consistently shown that physical exercise increases the size of the hippocampus but until now evidence in humans had been inconsistent. Continue reading “Exercise increases brain size, new research finds”
Mirror neurons play a vital role in how people learn through mimicry and feel empathy for others. Researchers found that the brain’s inferior frontal cortex is more active in people who are more averse to harming others when facing moral dilemmas. Continue reading “Mirror neuron activity predicts people’s decision-making in moral dilemmas”
Ten-week-old babies can learn from practicing walking months before they begin walking themselves say researchers.
When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention.
The meaning behind infants’ screeches, squeals and wails may frustrate and confound sleep-deprived new parents. But at an age when babies cannot yet speak to us in words, they are already avid students of language.
Ever sleep poorly and then walk out of the house without your keys? Or space out while driving to work and nearly hit a stalled car? A new study led by UCLA’s Dr. Itzhak Fried is the first to reveal how sleep deprivation disrupts brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other.
Boosting activity in brain areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety, suggests a new study by Duke University researchers. Continue reading “Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety”