Cognition News

Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Positive Emotions Affect Baby Memories

November 27th, 2014
While developmental experts strongly recommend for parents to play and talk to their five-month old baby, many wonder if the child remembers any of it a day later. Now, a new Brigham Young University study suggests the infant remembers the good times, if ...

People with Autism See Faces Differently

November 27th, 2014
New research suggests the way people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gather information could explain why they gain different perceptions from peoples' faces. Investigators from the University of Montreal, however, say this difference in gathering of information is different from the judgment process ...

Arterial Plaque Can Lead to Cognitive Impairment

November 27th, 2014
While it is well known that plaque buildup in the arteries can increase the risk of heart disease, new research discovers the condition can also compromise mental acuity. In a study of nearly 2,000 adults, researchers found that a buildup of plaque in ...

Action Video Games Can Increase General Learning Skills

November 25th, 2014
Playing action video games improves not only the skills needed for the game, but also learning skills in general, according to a new study by the University of Rochester. “Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at ...

Can Training to See Words in Colors Boost IQ?

November 24th, 2014
A new UK study has shown for the first time that people can be trained to "see" letters of the alphabet as colors in a way that simulates how those with synesthesia experience their world. Synesthesia is a neurological condition in which some ...

Guidelines for Media Use in Toddlers

November 23rd, 2014
Two experts on child development have released their research-based guidelines to help parents understand the impact of media use on very young children. The research includes tips about how much screen time is OK, parent participation, the effects of parental screen use, ...

Boosting Self-Regulation Helps At-Risk Kids

November 22nd, 2014
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills -- such as paying attention, following directions, and learning to stay on task -- has been shown to help prepare at-risk children for kindergarten. These skills are critical to a ...

Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer’s

November 20th, 2014
A person who carries certain antibodies of the herpes simplex virus may be at double the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to two new Swedish studies. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," ...

Mindfulness + Cognitive Therapy = Less Prenatal Depression Risk

November 20th, 2014
Mindfulness techniques combined with cognitive therapy have been shown to reduce the risk of depression relapse among pregnant women. Mindfulness approaches include meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga while cognitive therapy challenges and alters maladaptive thoughts and feelings. University of Colorado, Boulder researchers found pregnant ...