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2013-07-23 10:49:27

Research could have direct application for treating human drinking problems A research team led by scientists from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco has identified circuitry in the brain that drives compulsive drinking in rats, and likely plays a similar role in humans. The scientists found they could reduce compulsive drinking in rats by inhibiting key neural pathways that run between the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with...

Mental Illness Gene Treatment Schizophrenia
2013-07-16 09:13:45

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study involving brain impaired mice has the potential to improve therapy for people suffering from schizophrenia and major depressive disorder. While further research is necessary, this discovery is already being heralded as a major step toward understanding a variety of mental illnesses. The brain's prefrontal cortex, located in the anterior section of the frontal lobes, is associated with executive functions that help...

Theta Brainwaves Reflect Ability To Overcome Built-in bias
2013-05-08 08:55:51

Brown University Vertebrates are predisposed to act to gain rewards, and to lay low to avoid punishment. Try to teach chickens to back away from food in order to obtain it, and you'll fail, as researchers did in 1986. But (some) humans are better thinkers than chickens. In the May 8 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers show that the level of theta brainwave activity in the prefrontal cortex predicts whether people will be able to overcome these ingrained biases when doing so...

2013-04-27 23:00:12

It´s never a good thing to be stressed. eReflect recently found a study which added another reason why stress is bad for our health: it stops our memory from functioning properly. New York City, NY (PRWEB) April 28, 2013 It has long been known that stress can be a huge distraction for people when they're trying to accomplish things that need to get done. In fact, stress can get so overwhelming that people either lose their sense of organization or simply forget what the next item on...

2013-04-24 14:53:44

fMRI shows unique brain regions are increasingly devoted to social self-evaluations during puberty A specific region of the brain is in play when children consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence -- that often-turbulent time of reaching puberty and entering middle school, says a University of Oregon psychologist. In a study of 27 neurologically typical children who underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) at ages 10 and 13, activity in...

2013-04-18 18:59:17

Researchers look at ties between early social experiences and adolescent brain function Brains develop in the context of experience. Social experiences may be particularly relevant for developing neural circuits related to the experience of feeling or emotion. Factors such as negative life events and the quality of relationships may be especially influential. Adolescence is a key time to investigate how early social experiences contribute to brain development because it's a period of...

Lasers May Help Cure Cocaine Addiction
2013-04-05 09:03:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New hope for the estimated 1.4 million Americans addicted to cocaine could come in the form of a laser-inspired treatment that could effectively turn off their craving for the illicit drug, claims research published in this week´s edition of the journal Nature. According to HealthDay News, scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the US National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) used laser light to...

You Report Your Feelings In 3D
2013-03-28 10:02:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the hottest trends in Hollywood right now is toward 3D technology in new movies despite an ongoing debate about its merits. A new study published in Biological Psychiatry reveals that even our brains use three dimensions to communicate out feelings and emotions. The report of emotions for humans relies on three distinct systems in the brain. The first system directs attention to affective states ("I feel"). The second system...

Creative Task Performance Improved By Turning Off Brain’s ‘Filter’
2013-03-15 22:14:58

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As you are reading these words, your ability to comprehend their meaning is being aided, in no small part, by your brain´s prefrontal cortex. This region of the brain is helping you to maintain focus from sentence to sentence and is filtering out irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories. It is this thought filtration that allows you to complete a task without thoughts of when the water bill is due creeping in....


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