Category Archives: Neuroscience

3-D human ‘mini-brains’ shed new light on genetic underpinnings of major mental illness

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s are using new technology to research genetic determinants of mental health in which stem cells are used to grow a replica of a human brain.  Using this, they were able to find the specific molecular

3-D human ‘mini-brains’ shed new light on genetic underpinnings of major mental illness

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s are using new technology to research genetic determinants of mental health in which stem cells are used to grow a replica of a human brain.  Using this, they were able to find the specific molecular

Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression

This article discusses the effects that smartphones and social media have on our brains and our mental health. Our use of these technologies often becomes an addiction, causing actual changes in neural connections in the same way as an opioid

Digital addiction increases loneliness, anxiety and depression

This article discusses the effects that smartphones and social media have on our brains and our mental health. Our use of these technologies often becomes an addiction, causing actual changes in neural connections in the same way as an opioid

Preventing Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism with ECT

Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is common in children with autism or intellectual disabilities. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is now indicated for SIB, providing an alternative for patients who have SIB that is refractory to standard treatments, such as behavioral and psychopharmacological interventions.

Preventing Self-Injurious Behavior in Autism with ECT

Self-injurious behavior (SIB) is common in children with autism or intellectual disabilities. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is now indicated for SIB, providing an alternative for patients who have SIB that is refractory to standard treatments, such as behavioral and psychopharmacological interventions.

Detecting Concussions with New FDA-Approved Blood Test

The FDA just approved a new blood test, the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, that measures proteins released from the brain into the blood after a head injury. Can this new blood test reduce the need for CT scans? Currently, only

Detecting Concussions with New FDA-Approved Blood Test

The FDA just approved a new blood test, the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, that measures proteins released from the brain into the blood after a head injury. Can this new blood test reduce the need for CT scans? Currently, only

Phone “addiction” shows chemical changes in the brain

A new study looks at the ways in which regular phone use can affect brain chemistry.  In particular, after examining two groups (one addicted and one not addicted), it was shown that those who had that desire to reach for

Phone “addiction” shows chemical changes in the brain

A new study looks at the ways in which regular phone use can affect brain chemistry.  In particular, after examining two groups (one addicted and one not addicted), it was shown that those who had that desire to reach for

New study shows brain implants can affect mood

A new military-funded study is investigating the use of brain implants to regulate mood.  Specifically, the research shows that not only can stimulation affect things like concentration, but it can go one step further and provide relief from severe mood

New study shows brain implants can affect mood

A new military-funded study is investigating the use of brain implants to regulate mood.  Specifically, the research shows that not only can stimulation affect things like concentration, but it can go one step further and provide relief from severe mood

Tracking readiness to perform surgical operations via brain imaging

A new study is looking at the use of surgery simulation in training future practitioners.  It shows promise for tracking surgical readiness via brain imaging, specifically cortical activation.  Those who trained on the simulator had higher cortical activation than those

Tracking readiness to perform surgical operations via brain imaging

A new study is looking at the use of surgery simulation in training future practitioners.  It shows promise for tracking surgical readiness via brain imaging, specifically cortical activation.  Those who trained on the simulator had higher cortical activation than those