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2011-02-10 20:35:57

Researchers find 2 neural pathways that play role in developing phobias Why do some people fret over the most trivial matters while others remain calm in the face of calamity? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified two different chinks in our brain circuitry that explain why some of us are more prone to anxiety. Their findings, published today (Thursday, Feb. 10) in the journal Neuron may pave the way for more targeted treatment of chronic fear and anxiety...

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2010-12-08 13:59:12

Zen meditation has many health benefits, including a reduced sensitivity to pain. According to new research from the Universit© de Montr©al, meditators do feel pain but they simply don't dwell on it as much. These findings, published in the month's issue of Pain, may have implications for chronic pain sufferers, such as those with arthritis, back pain or cancer. "Our previous research found that Zen meditators have lower pain sensitivity. The aim of the current study was to...

2010-11-19 08:04:19

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Children between the ages of 1 and 1 ½ who get most of their sleep at night, opposed to during the day, do better in a wide range of skills than children who don't sleep much at night. The study was conducted on 60 Canadian children aged 1, 1-1/2, and 2. The researchers looked at the effects of sleep on executive functioning. Executive functioning in children includes the ability to control impulses, remember things, and show mental...

2010-11-05 10:52:54

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Novel research from the shores of California has provided insight into mechanisms that trigger recovery after damage to the brain imperative for memory and attention.  This research highlights the role of undamaged sections of the brain that can "take over" and support the recovery function. "Brain damage" or "brain injury" (BI) is the destruction or degeneration of brain cells, often with an implication that the loss is significant in terms of functioning or...

2010-11-04 01:45:24

Brain research over the past 30 years has shown that if a part of the brain controlling movement or sensation or language is lost because of a stroke or injury, other parts of the brain can take over the lost function "“ often as well as the region that was lost. New research at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that this holds true for memory and attention as well, though "” at least for memory "” the intact brain helps out only when needed and conducts business...

2010-11-04 01:30:44

New research provides fascinating insight into mechanisms that underlie recovery after damage to a region of the brain important for memory and attention. The research, published by Cell Press in the November 4th issue of the journal Neuron, highlights the role of undamaged portions of the brain that can "take over" and support the recovery of function. Brain damage can have devastating consequences, depending on the location and severity of the injury. Damage to an area of the brain called...

2010-11-04 01:27:21

'Phantom' images our brain keeps for visual comparisons stored in brain's neural network Brain research over the past 30 years has shown that if a part of the brain controlling movement or sensation or language is lost because of a stroke or injury, other parts of the brain can take over the lost function "“ often as well as the region that was lost. New research at the University of California, Berkeley, shows that this holds true for memory and attention as well, though "“ at...

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2010-10-13 11:06:41

People's brains are more responsive to friends than to strangers, even if the stranger has more in common, according to a study in the Oct. 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers examined a brain region known to be involved in processing social information, and the results suggest that social alliances outweigh shared interests. In a study led by graduate student Fenna Krienen and senior author Randy Buckner, PhD, of Harvard University, researchers investigated how the medial...

2010-10-12 18:43:42

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to use brain imaging to examine the effects of emotion on working memory function in children with pediatric bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study is published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. PBD and ADHD are very severe developmental disorders that share behavioral characteristics such as impulsivity, irritability and attention...

2010-09-23 12:34:35

University of Colorado scientists study seriously troubled teens Antisocial boys who abuse drugs, break laws, and act recklessly are not just "bad" kids. Many of these boys may have malfunctioning brains, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "Brain responses to everyday rewards and punishments gradually guide most youngsters' decisions to conform with society's rules. However, when these seriously troubled kids experience rewards and...