Latest Temporal lobe Stories

2009-04-21 08:57:08

When we emerge from a supermarket laden down with bags and faced with a sea of vehicles, how do we remember where we've parked our car and translate the memory into the correct action to get back there? A paper in this week's PLoS Biology identifies the specific parts of the brain responsible for solving this everyday problem. The results could have implications for understanding the functional significance of a prominent brain abnormality observed in neuropsychiatric diseases such as...

2009-02-25 22:02:57

U.S. researchers say elderly who are physically fit tend to have bigger hippocampi -- the part of the brain that deals with memory -- and better spatial memory. The study, published in the journal Hippocampus, found that hippocampus size in physically fit adults accounts for about 40 percent of their advantage in spatial memory. The hippocampus, a curved structure deep inside the medial temporal lobe of the brain, is essential to memory formation. Remove it -- as was done in the well-known...

2009-02-25 11:42:14

When it comes to the hippocampus, a brain structure vital to certain types of memory, size matters. Numerous studies have shown that bigger is usually better. Now researchers have found that elderly adults who are more physically fit tend to have bigger hippocampi and better spatial memory than those who are less fit.The study, in the journal Hippocampus, shows that hippocampus size in physically fit adults accounts for about 40 percent of their advantage in spatial memory.The hippocampus, a...

2008-12-24 16:18:12

Findings from a study on the brain and speech could aid stroke patients who have problems choosing words, say Rice University researchers in Houston. The new research by Rice psychologist Tatiana Schnur clearly identifies the regions of the brain involved in choosing appropriate words during speech, the university announced Wednesday. Schnur and her colleagues compared brain scans from 16 healthy volunteers and 12 volunteers who suffered from a language disorder as a result of stroke, said...

2008-03-24 10:01:20

Yerkes National Primate Research Center's extensive imaging capabilities were critical to this evolutionary language findingResearchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, have identified a language feature unique to the human brain that is shedding light on how human language evolved. The study marks the first use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a non-invasive imaging technique, to compare human brain structures to those of chimpanzees, our closest living...

2005-03-15 07:55:00

Seniors with college degrees use brain's frontal lobes more, study finds HealthDay News -- College educations don't just boost careers, they may also help keep brains sharp later in life, as research has shown. Now, a new study gives clues as to how higher education buffers people from age-related declines in intellect. Researchers from the University of Toronto found that added years of education are associated with increased activity in the brain's frontal lobes. The study suggests the...

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