Neuropsychology and Neurology News

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 ...

Musical Training Improves Youth Brain Functions

September 4th, 2014
New research provides hard evidence that community music programs can enhance brain function in at-risk children. The Northwestern University study provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children's developing nervous systems. Researchers discovered ...

Weight Loss Surgery for Obesity May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

August 30th, 2014
Weight loss surgery can actually benefit the brain, according to a new study. In fact, researchers theorize that bariatric surgery could help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people. Past research how shown that obese people face a 35 percent higher risk ...

Your Brain Judges Trustworthiness Before You Know It

August 30th, 2014
Your brain makes a spontaneous judgment of whether or not another person’s face is trustworthy before you are even conscious of it, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience. “Our findings suggest that the brain automatically responds to a face’s ...

Magnetic Electrical Current Boosts Memory

August 29th, 2014
External stimulation of the brain with electrical current using magnetic pulses has been found to improve memory. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine believe the discovery may signal a new method to treat memory impairments associated with diseases such as stroke, early Alzheimer’s disease, cardiac ...

Imaging Studies Distinguish Imagination from Memory

August 29th, 2014
In a new study, Brigham Young University researchers explore where and how imagination happens in the brain. Graduate student researcher Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor developed a methodology that incorporated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in a series of experiments that helped ...