Cognition News

Brain Region Monitors for Better Strategies

Brain Region Monitors for Better Strategies

March 30th, 2015
New research shows how the brain can shift attention to a new strategy when it perceives a better way of doing something. Researchers at Princeton University, Humboldt University of Berlin, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, and the University of Milan-Bicocca, found ...
For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

For Music Pros, Performing Revs Up Learning and Memory Genes

March 30th, 2015
A new Finnish study finds that music performance by professional musicians stimulates the genes responsible for essential brain functions. Music performance is known to induce structural and functional changes to the human brain and enhance cognition. But the molecular mechanisms underlying music performance have been ...
84 of 85 Students Failed to Draw Apple Logo from Memory

84 of 85 Students Failed to Draw Apple Logo from Memory

March 29th, 2015
Think of a corporation logo that you see all the time, perhaps on a daily basis. If you were asked to draw that logo right now (with no peeking), would you be able to do it? Most likely not, according to findings from ...
Stereotypes Undermine Math Performance in Women, But Effects Often Unrecognized

Stereotypes Undermine Math Performance in Women, But Effects Often Unrecognized

March 29th, 2015
A new study suggests that stereotypes about women's ability in mathematics negatively impact their performance. In a twist, the study also found that both men and women wrongly believe those stereotypes will not undermine women's math performance, but instead motivate them to perform ...
Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

Mice Study Suggests High-Fat Diet Can Change Behavior

March 27th, 2015
Researchers have known that a high-fat diet is linked to a variety of medical problems such as heart disease, stroke, and even cancer. Emerging research suggests a high-fat diet may also increase the risk for depression and other psychiatric disorders. As discussed in a ...
New Standard for Detecting Alzheimer’s

New Standard for Detecting Alzheimer’s

March 27th, 2015
A University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) led research team has validated a standard protocol that can be used to detect one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The approach detects atrophy in the part of the brain known as the hippocampus. The ...
Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution May Hike Risk of Cognitive, Behavior Problems

March 26th, 2015
A new study suggests a pregnant woman's exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), the toxic air pollution caused in part by vehicle emissions, coal burning and smoking, may be bad for her child's brain. In a small study, researchers found a powerful relationship between ...
Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

Do More Academic Challenges = Higher IQ?

March 26th, 2015
The argument on the role of nature (genetics) verse nurture (environment) for influencing a person’s intelligence has taken a new chapter. Pennsylvania State University researchers believe more schooling -- and the more mentally challenging problems tackled in those schools -- may be the ...
MDs Urged to Disclose Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

MDs Urged to Disclose Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

March 25th, 2015
A new report by the Alzheimer's Association's discovered that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. Although physicians may be fearful of causing a patient distress, researchers found that more ...
Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids' IQ

Home Environment Packs Big Impact on Kids’ IQ

March 25th, 2015
A new study suggests a nurturing environment plays a strong role in enhancing a child’s intelligence. Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the University of Virginia, and Lund University in Sweden discovered that young adults who were raised in educated households develop higher ...