Neuropsychology and Neurology News

New Study Traces Abnormal Brain Development in Schizophrenia

September 16th, 2014
A new international study has determined that parts of the cerebral cortex develop differently in people with schizophrenia. The discovery stems from an assessment of brain development during childhood and adolescence in people with and without schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a ...

Amount of Gray Matter May Impact Risk-Taking

September 15th, 2014
New research suggests the physical composition of the brain influences the individual tolerance of risk. Australian researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to perform a whole-brain analysis and discovered the volume of the outer layer of our brain, or gray matter, is ...

Breathing-Based Meditation Helps Vets with PTSD

September 15th, 2014
A new study from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison offers hope for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Researchers there have shown that a breathing-based meditation practice called Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can be an effective ...

‘Neural Workaround’ May Help Stave Off Dementia

September 14th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a “neural workaround” in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people with beta-amyloid ...

Study Finds New Insights Into Chemical Imbalance in Schizophrenia

September 13th, 2014
Neurons in schizophrenia patients secrete greater amounts of dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine -- three neurotransmitters commonly linked to a range of psychiatric disorders. The findings, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, confirms and enhances the theory of a chemical basis for ...

Pilot Program Finds Early Autism Intervention Beneficial

September 10th, 2014
Provocative new research suggests treatment for autism during infancy can significantly reduce symptoms so that by age three, most who received the therapy had neither autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) nor developmental delay. Researchers from the University of California, Davis MIND Institute developed the ...

Better Sleep Equals Better Brain

September 7th, 2014
A new study shows a link between poor sleep quality and faster rates of decline in brain volume. According to researchers, sleep is the “brain’s housekeeper,” working to repair and restore the brain. The study from researchers at the University of Oxford in the ...

Making The Choice Between Honesty & Self-Interest

September 6th, 2014
Scientists say they have found a part of the brain that helps us decide to be honest, even when telling a lie is more beneficial. "We prefer to be honest, even if lying is beneficial," said Lusha Zhu, Ph.D., the study's lead author ...

Twitter Is Go-To Source for News

September 5th, 2014
Twitter appears to be the new information channel of choice for the U.S. government, especially when communicating with people in sensitive areas. The new study, co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher, looked at the U.S. State Department's use of social media to ...

Perception of Control Helps Determine Resiliency

September 5th, 2014
Discovering why some bad news makes one person work harder while other disappointing news causes someone else to quit or give up is the topic of a new research study. In the new study, researchers found different outcomes may result from how much control we ...