Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Progress Needed on Dyslexia Research & Diagnosis

March 3rd, 2015
Children with dyslexia must be diagnosed early and given treatment as soon as possible, say experts. The current state of dyslexia research and treatment are discussed by Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., and Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D., of the University of Denver, in ...

Study Finds Evidence Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Biological

February 28th, 2015
New research has identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, providing evidence that the disabling disorder is a biological illness as opposed to a psychological disorder. According to researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University's ...

Rejection Seems to Hurt Depressed People Longer

February 28th, 2015
The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people with untreated depression, according to a new study. That’s because the brain cells of depressed people release less of a natural pain and stress-reducing chemical called natural opioids, researchers report in the journal Molecular ...

Things Not to Try for Autism

February 27th, 2015
When a child has communication challenges related to an autism spectrum disorder, parents and educators will often try a variety of remedies -- many of which lack scientific evidence. Often, the interventions or “therapies” may actually do more harm than good. It ...

Perception of Team Environment Boosts Desire to Complete Difficult Tasks

February 27th, 2015
Researchers have discovered that believing we are working together with others greatly improves our motivation to complete difficult tasks. Amazingly, the perception of a team environment enhances our drive, even we are actually working along. Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. Carr and ...

Study On B Vitamins and Dementia Slammed

February 26th, 2015
A study published last year claiming that B vitamins play no role in preventing dementia is coming under sharp criticism. Medical experts are concerned that patients who are in the earliest stages of dementia could miss out on a potentially effective treatment if ...

Sleeping Long Hours Linked to Increased Risk of Stroke

February 26th, 2015
Emerging research suggests people who sleep more than eight hours a night may have an increased risk of stroke. The study has been published online in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Researchers discovered people who slept more than eight ...

Mouse Study Finds Brain Area That Triggers Deep Sleep

February 25th, 2015
When a particular area of the brain called the preoptic hypothalamus is switched on chemically, it triggers a deep sleep, according to scientists at Imperial College London in a new mouse study. The action is very similar to the way that sedatives work ...

Mice Study Suggests ‘Love Hormone’ Mitigates Effects of Alcohol

February 24th, 2015
New research finds that the hormone oxytocin appears to prevent some of the physical effects of alcohol, at least in rats. Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” as the chemical plays a vital role in social and sexual behavior and ...

Daydreams May Improve Cognition

February 24th, 2015
Repetitious, monotonous tasks often result in a wandering mind. This daydreaming behavior is frequently criticized as a lack of discipline and an action that hinders future performance. New research now suggests daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom as the behavior can ...