Connecting the Dots: New Insights into Creativity and the Brain

April 24, 2018

“Ordinary” mental processes combine in unexpected ways across the brain when we are tapping our creativity.

Overcoming Mental Health Disparities Across Racial Communities

April 15, 2018

Researchers find that a standard tool for assessing depression does not correctly identify the disorder in minority groups.

Treating Cognitive Decline in HIV Patients

April 10, 2018

Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to stemming progression of mental problems in people with HIV.

New Method of Neural Signaling May Help Explain Obesity

March 23, 2018

Genetic changes that influence activity on the cell body of neurons, not the synapses, change eating behavior in mice.

Beyond Emotion: Understanding the Amygdala’s Role in Memory

March 13, 2018

Deep-stimulation experiments in rats and people suggest that increasing activity in the amygdalae can do more than just add emotional weight to a memory.

New Study Questions Confidence in Neurogenesis in the Adult Brain

March 7, 2018

Newborn neurons are plenty in tissue samples of infants, but fall away quickly in childhood, according to new UCSF study.

Seeking Clues to Criminality in the Brain

February 22, 2018

With improved imaging and using new maps of the connections in the brain, researchers find anatomical suggestions that a particular circuit is altered in some people who commit crimes.

Of Mindfulness and Incarceration

February 12, 2018

Spending time in jail or prison can harm a person’s brain functions related to cognitive control and emotional regulation. An intervention combining mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy appears to offset this effect in teenage boys for at least a few months. 

Seeking the Mental Roads that Lead to Suicide

January 30, 2018

Many experts now considered suicidal behavior a psychiatric disorder in its own right. Could inflammation be a trigger, or an effect?

Seeking the Earliest Traces of Autism

January 17, 2018

With the development of imaging tools that can scan babies’ brains, researchers have learned a great deal about the genetic bases of autistic traits.

Aging and Decision-Making: A Neuroanatomical Approach

January 9, 2018

Diminished decision-making appears to be linked not just to a number (your age) but to specific changes in gray matter volume in certain brain areas.

Building a Genetic Predictor for Alzheimer’s

January 2, 2018

Many genetic variants appear to affect a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers are testing prediction tools that combine known suspicious gene-snips to see if that can better predict who will develop this form of dementia and how fast.

A Smell Test for Parkinson's Disease?

December 18, 2017

The observation that many people with Parkinson’s have diminished sense of smell has led researchers to develop simple sniff tests to help diagnose the disorder. Others are trying to determine exactly how early this sense is lost, to see if they can build a more-precise test to identify people at risk perhaps a decade before other symptoms appear.

A Year of Anniversaries: Making Sense of α-Synuclein and Parkinson’s Disease

December 12, 2017

Two centuries after James Parkinson described the disorder, and two decades after researchers found its tell-tale Lewy bodies, there is still a lot to learn about Parkinson’s.

Understanding Stress at a Deeper Level

December 7, 2017

Researchers look to genes, glia, and neurogenesis to tease out how stress leads to disease and try to find biological clues to who is at greatest risk. Report from the recent SfN meeting.

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