Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Music Training Can Strengthen Kids’ Learning Ability

August 10th, 2014
New research shows that musical training can help offset some academic achievement gaps for disadvantaged kids. The study, which involved hundreds of disadvantaged kids in musical training programs in public schools in Los Angeles and Chicago, spotlights how learning to play a musical ...

Spatial Skill May Be Undiminished with Age

August 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have found a specific brain function remains the same in later years as they were in prime time. One skill that appears to remain intact is spatial attention, or the ability to focus on specific stimuli in a visual environment. Investigators at the ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Research Shows Older Adults More Alert in the Morning

August 7th, 2014
A new study provides strong evidence of noticeable differences in brain function through the day for older adults. Canadian researchers discovered older adults perform better on demanding cognitive tasks in the morning. Moreover, brain imaging shows that during this time of the day, ...

Crank the Subwoofers to Feel Powerful

August 6th, 2014
New research substantiates a common behavior displayed by many athletics, teens, and younger adults. The action is the blasting of music through headphones or in cars in preparation for an event, or as a statement of dominance or confidence -- with bass ...

Some Take Pride in Anorexic Weight Loss

August 5th, 2014
A new study finds that misguided pride may play a significant role in anorexic behaviors. Researchers discovered positive emotions -- despite their fallacy -- may play an exacerbating role in fueling eating disorders like anorexia nervosa. Tragically, anorexia nervosa has a death rate ...

New Depression Approach Tailored to the Individual

August 5th, 2014
New research suggests treatment for clinical depression should be adjusted or tailored for the individual according to the stage or phase of depression as the disorder is more complex than commonly believed. University of Adelaide researchers believe their findings demonstrate that there cannot ...

Happiness Depends on Recent Rewards and Expectations

August 5th, 2014
Scientists at University College London (UCL) have developed a mathematical equation to accurately predict how happy people will say they are at a specific point in time. The model was tested on over 18,000 people worldwide with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects ...

Mouse Study Finds Prenatal Stress Increases Asthma Risk in Child

August 4th, 2014
Expectant mothers are advised to do everything possible to keep their stress low during pregnancy. The recommendation is sound as research has shown that maternal stress is linked to a number of negative outcomes for women and their infants -- including developmental and ...

Gentler Personalities Fueled Evolutionary Link to Modern Humanity

August 4th, 2014
Anthropologists tell us that although modern humans developed about 200,000 years ago, the advancement to modern societal characteristics occurred only 50,000 years ago. This is when humans began making art and creating advanced tools. A new study finds that the change in ...