Neuroscience

Since the beginning of modern medicine, it has been widely recognized that among the chief obstacles of the healing arts has been repair of the central nervous system.  Whereas other types of differentiated cells throughout the body can readily regenerate, and though the peripheral nervous system has demonstrated some capacity toward healing, those of the...

An article reporting the results of a study focusing on how the brain works made science news this month, when researchers found that the human brain has the capacity to process and understand things that we see, without being consciously aware of them. The article was printed in the science journal Psychological Science, detailing how...

There are many benefits, both physical and psychological, that come from a good workout. Exercise increases brain function, boosts memory, improves learning skills and reduces the effects of aging on cognitive thought. Some of the latest science news is about the progress scientists are making at identifying the cause of these positive results. In the...

Recent experiments show progress toward the development of touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs. What makes these so advanced is their real-time interaction with the brain. Researchers at the University of Chicago are working on the sensory aspects of prosthetic limbs. Touch and pattern experiments with monkeys, who have sensory systems resembling humans, have shown that specific patterns of...

Chemicals in human brains are released to help us feel better after being rejected in a social situation. Researchers at the University of Michigan’s Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute used brain-scanning techniques to track chemical release combined with social rejection testing to look at what is happening in the brain when a person is socially rejected....

The Chinese Red-Headed Centipede has potent venom that can block nerves in insects to allow the centipedes to prey on them. A molecule in this venom could potentially be used as a painkiller in humans, similar to morphine. Researchers from the University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience have demonstrated that centipede venom is loaded with...

The dance and science worlds collided recently when a study from London’s Imperial College showed that ballet dancers’ brains adapt to keep them from feeling dizzy while they perform pirouettes. According to the neuroscience study, years of ballet training enables a dancer to suppress signals to the brain originating from the balance organs located within the...

Sometimes, bigger really is better. A new scientific study from the University of Glasgow reveals that the human brain processes words that refer to big things faster than the words for small things. According to the study, when it comes to both concrete and abstract words, the brain will read and understand words that describe bigger...

The findings of a recent study out of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies may lead to the first therapeutic drug to slow and treat advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists developed a drug, known for now simply as J147, which was proven to reverse memory deficits in aged and aging mice models after short-term treatment. After more...

Gum disease, or gingivitis, is present in 97% of our population and is one of the most common diseases in humans. An estimated 64% of seniors 65 years and older have some sort of periodontal disease. Another common disease, Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers from the University...