Cognition News

Likelihood of False Memories Increase after Poor Sleep

July 24th, 2014
New research may have strong implications for the criminal justice system as researchers discover not getting enough sleep may increase the likelihood of forming false memories. Researchers from University of California, Irvine discovered sleep-deprived people who viewed photographs of a crime being committed ...

Alzheimer’s Delayed by Caffeine?

July 22nd, 2014
Caffeine appears to have a positive effect on so-called "tau deposits" in Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. Tau deposits are proteins that, together with beta-amyloid plaques, are some of the characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease. These deposits interfere with the communication of nerve ...

Reading Skill Development Can Continue to Middle School

July 22nd, 2014
Traditional educational theory holds that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. A new study suggests to the contrary as Dartmouth researchers analyzed brain waves and found fourth-graders do not experience a change in automatic ...

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined different approaches ...

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that over a ...

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can be certain ...

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

July 19th, 2014
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems, according to a new study. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared to 33 ...

Mediterranean Diet has Race-Specific Effect on Cognition

July 17th, 2014
New research suggests the Mediterranean diet reduces cognitive decline among some race-specific populations but not among others. In the study, African-Americans experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than white, older adults. Study methodology included the analysis of over eight years of data collected ...

Wisdom, Selective Engagement Help Older Adults Cope with Aging

July 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests older adults have tricks up their sleeve to combat cognitive aging. A set of three articles in a recent edition of the journal Perspectives in Psychological Science discusses a variety of factors -- including motivation and crystallized knowledge -- that ...

Fish Oil May Improve Memory, Slow Cognitive Decline

July 16th, 2014
A new study discovered regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. Researchers examined the relationship between FOS use and memory function during a study of Alzheimer's incorporating neuroimaging ...