Quantcast

Latest Neuroplasticity Stories

07cf77f4546e43be76b06de74b58fcf8
2010-03-08 08:41:49

Doctors treat millions of children with Ritalin every year to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning. In animal research, the scientists showed for the first time that Ritalin boosts both of these cognitive abilities by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter dopamine deep inside the brain. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers neurons use to communicate with each other. They release the...

3d3174562d5a0f6756640429f62c3fc31
2010-02-26 08:00:00

Virtual reality game technology using Wiiâ“ž¢ may help recovering stroke patients improve their motor function, according to research presented as a late breaking poster at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2010. The study found the virtual reality gaming system was safe and feasible strategy to improve motor function after stroke. "This is the first randomized clinical study showing that virtual reality using...

2010-02-22 15:57:19

TAU finds new synthetic supplement improves memory and staves off age-related memory loss Those who live in industrialized countries have easy access to healthy food and nutritional supplements, but magnesium deficiencies are still common. That's a problem because new research from Tel Aviv University suggests that magnesium, a key nutrient for the functioning of memory, may be even more critical than previously thought for the neurons of children and healthy brain cells in adults. Begun at...

2010-02-21 10:55:42

Marcos Frank, PhD, associate professor of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will present information on early brain development and the importance of sleep during early life when the brain is rapidly maturing and highly changeable. Building on his research that the brain during sleep is fundamentally different from the brain during wakefulness, Dr. Frank has found that cellular changes in the sleeping brain that may promote the formation of memories. "This is...

2010-02-17 14:26:56

Durham, N.C. "“ Duke University Medical Center scientists crowded around a laser-powered microscope in a darkened room to peer into the brain of an anesthetized juvenile songbird right after he heard an adult tutors' song for the first time. Specifically, they wanted to see what happened to the connections between nerve cells, or synapses, in a part of the brain where the motor commands for song are thought to originate. In the first experiment of its kind, they employed high...

2010-02-11 11:31:05

New research provides insight into why fragile X syndrome, the most common known cause of autism and mental retardation, is associated with an extreme hypersensitivity to sounds, touch, smells, and visual stimuli that causes sensory overload and results in social withdrawal, hyperarousal, and anxiety. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 11 issue of the journal Neuron, uncovers a previously unknown developmental delay in a critical brain circuit that processes sensory...

2010-02-11 06:00:00

SINGAPORE, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The January issue of "Neuropharmacology", publishes the article entitled "Neuroprotective and Neuroproliferative Activities of NeuroAiD", reporting pharmacological data establishing NeuroAiD (MLC 601) protective effects on neuronal and brain injuries as well as its effectiveness in neurological functions recovery. The French research team was led by Prof. Michel Lazdunski, world-renowned specialist of pharmacology. The data demonstrates...

892e45f0bed642c53e9f9ef1a4fb7111
2010-02-01 09:05:45

New research shows our brains are a lot more chaotic than previously thought, and that this might be a good thing. Neurobiologists at the University of Maryland have discovered information about how the brain processes sound that challenges previous understandings of the auditory cortex that suggested an organization based on precise neuronal maps. In the first study of the auditory cortex conducted using advanced imaging techniques, Patrick Kanold, Assistant Professor of Biology, Shihab...

2010-01-27 16:27:31

New research finds that an increase in brain magnesium improves learning and memory in young and old rats. The study, published by Cell Press in the January 28th issue of the journal Neuron, suggests that increasing magnesium intake may be a valid strategy to enhance cognitive abilities and supports speculation that inadequate levels of magnesium impair cognitive function, leading to faster deterioration of memory in aging humans. Diet can have a significant impact on cognitive capacity....

f9ad07f368bb06625e3ee7a6f65843b51
2010-01-27 14:41:56

Draw a map of the brain when fear and anxiety are involved, and the amygdala"”the brain's almond-shaped center for panic and fight-or-flight responses"”looms large. But the amygdala doesn't do its job alone. Scientists at Emory University have recently built upon work from others, extending the fear map to part of the brain known as the prelimbic cortex. Researchers led by Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD, found that mice lacking a critical growth factor in the prelimbic cortex have trouble...


Word of the Day
blee
  • Color; hue; complexion.
This word is Middle English in origin.
Related