One Gene Spurred Growth of Key Brain Area

Researchers have identified how the ASPM gene controls the growth of the cerebral cortex. They report mutations in this gene can reduce brain volume by half in human microcephaly cases.

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How AI is Helping to Predict and Prevent Suicides

Researchers investigate how artificial intelligence technologies could help to identify those at risk of suicide and deliver assistance to prevent a person from taking their life.

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Simple Tasks Don’t Test Brain’s True Complexity

The brain’s ability to use approximate probabilistic inference can not be studied by simple tasks that are not well suited to expose the inferential computations that make the brain special, researchers say.

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Can A Single Exercise Session Benefit Your Brain?

Summary: Researchers document not only the behavioral and cognitive effects of a single exercise session, but also the neurochemical and neurophysiological changes that occur. Source: IOS Press. Even a single bout of physical activity can have significant positive effects on people’s mood and cognitive functions, according to a new study in Brain Plasticity. In a […]

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Shining Light on Brain Cells That Coordinate Movement

Researchers have developed a novel technique that allows them to insert a gene into Perkinje cells in the adult brain. This approach, researchers say, could be used to change behavior and alter the function of brain circuits.

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Genetic Gains and Losses in Tourette Discovered

Researchers discover structural changes in two genes that increase the risk for Tourette syndrome.

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Hippocampus Underlies the Link Between Slowed Walking and Mental Decline

A new study reports a connection between slowed walking speed and cognitive decline appears to arise in the right hippocampus. Researchers recommend older people may benefit if their doctors measure their walking speed and check for changes over time, which could be an early indicator of impending cognitive decline.

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What Are the Outcomes in Later Life For High School Football Players?

A new study looks at the long term neurological and mental health outcomes of people who participated in high school football teams. Researcher report playing football appears to not adversely affect cognition or depressive symptoms later in life. They acknowledge the findings may not be generalized for modern players due to changes in play style, […]

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Changes in Brain Regions May Explain Why Some Prefer Certainty and Order

Changes in the orbitofrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala may help explain a person’s preference for uncertain outcomes, as well as a preference for order and certainty, a new study reports.

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New Cause of Schizophrenia Uncovered

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have made a significant discovery as to how schizophrenia may occur. They discovered a genetic defect that causes damage to glial cells may also impair the production of myelin. Researchers believe the lack of myelin may be a significant contributor to the development of schizophrenia in some patients.

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