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2012-03-21 00:30:56

Scans reveal how genes alter circuit hub to shape temperament -- NIH study A personality profile marked by overly gregarious yet anxious behavior is rooted in abnormal development of a circuit hub buried deep in the front center of the brain, say scientists at the National Institutes of Health. They used three different types of brain imaging to pinpoint the suspect brain area in people with Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by these behaviors. Matching the scans to...

2012-03-15 12:37:19

Evidence Builds That Meditation Strengthens The Brain Earlier evidence out of UCLA suggested that meditating for years thickens the brain (in a good way) and strengthens the connections between brain cells. Now a further report by UCLA researchers suggests yet another benefit. Eileen Luders, an assistant professor at the UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, and colleagues, have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the...

2011-12-07 09:36:06

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Children who have been exposed to family violence have brains that are particularly "tuned" into processing possible sources of threat. This study revealed the same pattern of brain activity in these children as seen previously in soldiers exposed to combat. The study is the first to apply functional brain imaging to explore the impact of physical abuse or domestic violence on the emotional development of children, according to the researchers. "Enhanced...

Domestic Violence Triggers Brain Changes In Children
2011-12-06 05:23:17

Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The study is the first to use brain scans, or functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to investigate the impact of physical abuse and domestic violence on children´s emotional development. Scientists at University College London found that exposure to family violence was associated with...

2011-10-04 10:45:47

A new study using MRI scans, led by Professor Jianfeng Feng, from the University of Warwick's Department of Computer Science, has found that depression frequently seems to uncouple the brain's "Hate Circuit". The study entitled "Depression Uncouples Brain Hate Circuit" is published today (Tuesday 4th October 2011) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. The researchers used MRI scanners to scan the brain activity in 39 depressed people (23 female 16 male) and 37 control subjects who were not...

Are We Actually In Love With Our iPhones?
2011-10-03 05:31:50

Academic researchers across the Internet were buzzing this weekend over an editorial, which appeared on the New York Times website on Friday, claiming that iPhone users literally "loved" their popular, multi-functional smartphone. "With Apple widely expected to release its iPhone 5 on Tuesday, Apple addicts across the world are getting ready for their latest fix," branding consultant Martin Lindstrom wrote in the opinion piece. "But should we really characterize the intense consumer...

2011-07-14 13:22:36

Study shows practice may have potential to change brain's physical structure Two years ago, researchers at UCLA found that specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group. This suggested that meditation may indeed be good for all of us since, alas, our brains shrink naturally with age. Now, a follow-up study suggests that people who meditate also have stronger connections between brain regions and...

2011-04-08 08:46:28

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Since the 1960s, meditation has been the focus of increasing scientific research. In over 1,000 published research studies, various methods of meditation have been linked to changes in metabolism, blood pressure, brain activation, and other bodily processes. Now, meditation has been used in clinical settings as a method of stress and pain reduction. "This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the...

2011-04-06 10:51:27

A study published in the latest issue of the Journal of Neuroscience finds that meditation can deliver powerful pain-relieving effects to the brain, even with just 80 minutes of training for a beginner using an exercise called focused attention, AFP reports. Fadel Zeidan Ph.D, lead author of the study explained, "This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation." "We...

2011-03-30 07:58:18

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Physical pain and intense feelings of social rejection "hurt" in the same way, according to this study. The study shows that the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during intense experiences of social rejection. "These results give new meaning to the idea that social rejection 'hurts'," University of Michigan social psychologist Ethan Kross, lead author of the study, was quoted as saying. "On the surface,...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'