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Give Your Brain A Boost By Playing Video Games
2013-08-21 13:14:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and University College London (UCL) is giving gamers a good excuse to stay hooked on their latest vice. Researchers reported in the journal PLoS ONE that certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking. The team recruited 72 volunteers and measured their "cognitive flexibility," described as a person's ability to...

2013-08-19 15:25:30

For the first time, researchers have documented irregular brain activity within the first 24 hours of a concussive injury, as well as an increased level of brain activity weeks later—suggesting that the brain may compensate for the injury during the recovery time. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Thomas Hammeke, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is...

Left Vs. Right: University Says Neither When It Comes To Brain Dominance
2013-08-19 11:11:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea of a “left-brain” versus a “right-brain” personality has been used in a variety of contexts over the years, from interpersonal relationships to career choices. However, a new study from the University of Utah found that the idea of a dominant side of the brain affecting personality could be nonsense. Using brain imaging scans taken from over 1,000 volunteers, the Utah neuroscientists found that each side of the brain...

2013-08-13 23:05:07

$30 billion would solve world hunger, yet consumers spend three times that number just on cable TV. Inspired to make a difference, student Steven Ng founded Global Ties and is selling bracelets to feed the world. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 13, 2013 For the last year, Steven Ng, a sophomore at UCLA, has been establishing Global Ties as a service that creates opportunity for change. With Global Ties, people can buy a simple bracelet that will feed 12, 24, or 48 individuals for a day....

Flexible Hub Network Of The Brain Helps Humans Adapt
2013-08-13 09:48:22

Washington University in St. Louis Switching stations route processing of novel cognitive tasks One thing that sets humans apart from other animals is our ability to intelligently and rapidly adapt to a wide variety of new challenges — using skills learned in much different contexts to inform and guide the handling of any new task at hand. Now, research from Washington University in St. Louis offers new and compelling evidence that a well-connected core brain network based in the...

Famous Faces Test Can Help Spot Early Dementia
2013-08-13 05:03:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Simple tests that measure the ability to recognize and name famous people may help doctors identify early dementia in people 40 to 65 years of age, Northwestern University researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Neurology. "These tests also differentiate between recognizing a face and actually naming it, which can help identify the specific type of cognitive impairment a person has," said lead author Tamar Gefen, a doctoral...

2013-08-12 23:01:10

Proceeds from the sale of the Shelby, which was donated by the Ford Motor Company, will benefit the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), an organization championed by Indy 500 winner, Parnelli Jones, who attended the auction with his son Page. Vienna, VA (PRWEB) August 12, 2013 Emotions were high in Reno, NV Saturday when the last production model of the Ford 2014 Shelby GT500 Convertible sold for an unprecedented $500,000 at the inaugural Hot August Nights Auction presented by...

2013-08-08 09:13:32

Trying to explain riding a bike is difficult because it is an implicit memory. The body knows what to do, but thinking about the process can often interfere. So why is it that under certain circumstances paying full attention and trying hard can actually impede performance? A new UC Santa Barbara study, published today in the Journal of Neuroscience, reveals part of the answer. There are two kinds of memory: implicit, a form of long-term memory not requiring conscious thought and expressed...

2013-07-30 23:32:04

Sold as ecstasy, the tablets may contain PMA, have reportedly claimed two lives in Ireland, and are potentially implicated in others. Malibu, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2013 The illegal substance ecstasy has enjoyed resurgence in the culture of illicit drugs recently, but startling new developments in the United Kingdom have resulted in the deaths of several young people. Local police have issued warnings for pills being sold as “green Rolexes.” Forensic analysis has shown that ecstasy pills...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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