Cognition News

How The Mundane Can Become Meaningful — And Remembered

January 24th, 2015
It’s no surprise that memories of highly emotional events, such as the birth of a child, are strong. But a new study shows that these meaningful events can actually strengthen older, more mundane memories. "We're continuously monitoring our environment, and, in the process, ...

Meditation Shown to Alter Gray Matter in Brain

January 24th, 2015
Meditating for just eight weeks has been shown to alter the brain’s gray matter, which may be at least part of the reason why practitioners experience significant improvements in memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress, according to a new study led ...

Fatty Acids in Fish May Protect Against Mercury

January 23rd, 2015
The benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy may override the much-feared risks of mercury exposure, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, the findings suggest that the nutrients found in fish have properties that ...

Good Sleep in Youth and Middle Age Linked to Better Memory in Old Age

January 23rd, 2015
Alluring new research suggests that obtaining adequate amounts of sleep during middle age may help to maintain mental functions 30 years later. Researchers have known that obtaining appropriate amounts of sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning. Also, ...

Female Emotional Processing Tied to Memory Boost

January 22nd, 2015
When women view emotionally stimulating images, they tend to "feel" them more intensely than men, and are therefore more likely to remember them, according to a new large-scale study by researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland. As far as neutral images ...

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...

Imaging Study Finds Unique Brain Patterns Among Autistic

January 21st, 2015
Unfortunately, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains a condition that presents more questions than answers. Some studies have found a lack of connection or synchronization between different parts of the brain while other studies have found the exact opposite -- an over-synchronization in the ...

Gene Deficiency Triggers Autistic Symptoms in Mice

January 20th, 2015
New findings strongly associate a certain gene with autistic symptoms. Autism is a highly heritable disorder, with up to 90 percent likelihood of both identical twins having the condition. Mutations in the NRXN2 gene, which makes a protein called alpha-neurexin II, have previously ...

Discussing News on Social Media Increases Impact

January 17th, 2015
New research shows that people who share and discuss news on social media sites with friends tend to connect more with the story than those who casually read the news. The findings are published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. "There seems to be ...

Drinking Before Bedtime Can Disrupt Sleep

January 17th, 2015
For many, an alcoholic drink before sleeping acts as a sedative, but will later disrupt sleep, according to a new study. The sedative effect is marked by the delta frequency electroencephalogram (EEG) activity of Slow Wave Sleep (SWS), but is later associated with ...