Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Stress Influences Ability to Display Empathy

January 16th, 2015
New research seeks to answer the question of how people can at times be very empathetic to others while at others times present a short fuse with little compassion? Researchers believe stress is a major factor in the observational paradox. As published in ...

Subtypes of Postpartum Depression Require Specific Care

January 16th, 2015
A new study finds that postpartum depression is a disorder that actually includes three distinct subtypes of clinical presentation. Subtypes classification is determined by timing of symptom onset, severity of symptoms, history of mood disorders, and medical complication during pregnancy. Saliently, each subtype of ...

Two-Minute Imaging Test for Autism in the Works

January 16th, 2015
Scientists have developed a brain-imaging technique that may be able to detect autism spectrum disorder in only two minutes, according to new research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. The scanning procedure, which reveals the brain’s response to thoughts of ‘self-perspective,’ ...

Behavioral Changes, Depression May Precede Alzheimer’s

January 15th, 2015
Emerging research suggests depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine said while it has been known that many people with Alzheimer's experience depression, irritability, apathy, ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

Specialized Approach Aids Early Education of Disruptive Children

January 13th, 2015
A new study finds a tailored educational program can improve the kindergartner and first grade experience of children displaying disruptive behaviors. Researchers explain that children with high maintenance temperaments have fewer opportunities to learn in school than their focused peers, and are at ...

Brief Pediatric Exams May Not Detect Autism

January 13th, 2015
For many physicians, the economic demands of managed care necessitate a greater volume of medical visits with each visit of limited duration. A new study in the peer-reviewed journal Pediatrics shows that medical professionals cannot rely solely on their clinical judgment to detect ...

Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection

January 12th, 2015
Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the ...

Audio Therapy Eases Kids’ Pain After Major Surgery

January 11th, 2015
After undergoing major surgery, children who listened to 30 minutes of music or an audio book experienced a significant reduction in pain, according to new research by Northwestern Medicine. The participants, ages nine to 14, chose from a playlist of short audio books ...

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Early Promise as Memory Treatment

January 10th, 2015
A new study shows that a man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and more in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. For the study, 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild ...