Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Brain Imaging Shows What Puts Teens at Risk for Substance Abuse

November 16th, 2014
A series of four experiments by neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center are helping researchers zero in on what puts teens at risk of alcohol use and abuse even before they start drinking. The experiments are part of the Adolescent Development Study, an ...

Using Sound to Enhance Deep Sleep, Memory

November 16th, 2014
Using sound that matches a person’s particular brain activity during sleep may be able to enhance that individual’s quality of deep sleep, and as a result, benefit metabolism and cognition, according to new research by a graduate student at Northwestern Medicine. “Sleep deprivation, ...

Exercise Shown to Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

November 15th, 2014
Regular exercise has been confirmed as an important part of Parkinson’s disease therapy, one that can enhance patients’ quality of life and slow disease progression, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. “Regular exercisers at baseline were associated with better metrics of quality ...

Overcoming Fear With Oxytocin

November 15th, 2014
Researchers at the University of Bonn Hospital have demonstrated that the bonding hormone oxytocin inhibits the fear center in the brain, allowing fear to subside more easily. The study, which appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry, could usher in a new era in ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Moms Better at Helping Girls Develop Emotional Skills

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests the conversations mothers have with their daughters tend to contain more emotional words and content than the conversations they have with their sons. Investigators surmise this learned emotional sensitivity will aid females as gender equity expands in the workforce. UK ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

Anxiety Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 11th, 2014
A new study discovers that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease within a few years. And the risk of Alzheimer’s increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety. Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences' Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, ...

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

November 10th, 2014
Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger ...