Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Lucid Dreamers are More Self-Reflective

January 25th, 2015
A new study has discovered that the area of the brain that enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers — those people who can control their dreams. According to researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Max Planck ...

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, ...

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 ...

Mouse Study Provides Insights on Anxiety

January 20th, 2015
Researchers have discovered a new pathway that controls fear memories and behavior in a mouse brain. They believe the finding may eventually help explain the way in which human anxiety disorders develop. For the nearly 40 million adults who suffer from anxiety disorders, an ...

Researchers Work to Reset Circadian Rhythm

January 19th, 2015
A new area of study may make it easier to adjust to the problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Although the science is not quite there, recent work by Drs. Marc Cuesta, Nicolas Cermakian and Diane B. Boivin from the Douglas Mental ...

Stress Influences Ability to Display Empathy

January 16th, 2015
New research seeks to answer the question of how people can at times be very empathetic to others while at others times present a short fuse with little compassion? Researchers believe stress is a major factor in the observational paradox. As published in ...