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2012-03-24 04:59:12

Kessler Foundation stroke expert co-chairs review of rehabilitation and recovery; working group sets priorities for future research In 2011, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) convened the Stroke Progress Review Group (SPRG) to conduct a final 10-year review of the state of stroke research. The goal is to set priorities and shape future NINDS programs and policies.  While SPRG found much available data for maximizing stroke rehabilitation effects,...

2012-03-22 23:02:02

The University of New England has partnered with the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation for the 10th annual Interprofessional Educational Collaborative (IPEC) Spring Symposium that will bring together graduate students in all of UNE´s health professions to explore neuroscience discoveries and clinical practice. The daylong event will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012 and will be held on the Portland and Biddeford campuses. The event is not open 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...

2012-03-05 12:26:01

Opening the door to the development of thought-controlled prosthetic devices to help people with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other impairments, neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Portugal have demonstrated that the brain is more flexible and trainable than previously thought. Their new study, to be published Sunday, March 4, in the advanced online publication of the journal Nature, shows that through a process...

2012-03-02 13:31:36

If someone has trouble remembering where the car keys or the cheese grater are, new research shows that a memory training strategy can help. Memory training can even re-engage the hippocampus, part of the brain critical for memory formation, the results suggest. Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center have been investigating memory-building strategies for people with MCI (mild cognitive impairment). The techniques used in the study...

2012-02-23 02:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CogniFit, a leading developer of online brain training and cognitive programs announces the release of its new application, "Concentration", designed to assess and train higher-order attentional processes such as focused attention and vigilance. The capacity to concentrate and focus is one of the most important abilities we possess. In a society overloaded with information, a growing number of individuals are complaining of their lack of...

2012-02-22 10:25:31

There are a number of drugs and experimental conditions that can block cognitive function and impair learning and memory. However, scientists have recently shown that some drugs can actually improve cognitive function, which may have implications for our understanding of cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The new research is reported 21 February in the open-access journal PLoS Biology. The study, led by Drs. Jose A. Esteban, Shira Knafo and Cesar Venero, is the result of...

2012-02-09 15:02:46

UC Riverside scientists identify a protein that plays a crucial role in learning and memory Biomedical scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a new link between a protein called beta-arrestin and short-term memory that could open new doors for the therapeutic treatment of neurological disorders, particularly Alzheimer's disease. Beta-arrestin is expressed in various cells of the body, including cells of the hippocampus, the region of the brain that is...

2012-02-07 15:07:16

Inhibition of neighboring nerve cells determines the reaction speed Each part of the body has its own nerve cell area in the brain —we therefore have a map of our bodies in our heads. The functional significance of these maps is largely unclear. What effects they can have is now shown by RUB neuroscientists through reaction time measurements combined with learning experiments and “computational modeling”. They have been able to demonstrate that inhibitory influences of...

2012-01-30 14:16:47

Aging-related hearing loss is not set in stone, study finds Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training, according to a new study from Northwestern University. The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process. Measuring the automatic brain responses of younger and older musicians and non-musicians to speech sounds, researchers in the Auditory...