Cognition News

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 ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

Bilingualism Changes Kids’ Beliefs About the World

January 14th, 2015
Bilingualism in the preschool years can significantly alter a child’s beliefs about the world, according to a new study by Concordia University. In contrast to their monolingual peers, children exposed to more than one language after age three believe that a person’s psychological ...

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Early Promise as Memory Treatment

January 10th, 2015
A new study shows that a man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and more in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. For the study, 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild ...

Sleep Quantity + Sleep Quality = Better Math/Language Scores

January 9th, 2015
A new study confirms that it is worth a parents effort to ensure that their school-aged child receives a good nights sleep. Researchers from McGill University and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute in Montreal found that sleep quality and duration are ...

Depressed Thoughts Hinder Memory/Concentration

January 8th, 2015
A new study provides empirical proof that a depressive mood accompanied by depressive thoughts can impede concentration and memory. Although it is accepted that the day-to-day burden from depression greatly affects job performance and personal relationships, the new research is the first to ...