Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Repetitive Learning Has Shortcomings

June 24th, 2014
A new study suggests learning from repetition alone may limit the amount of detail stored with the memory. University of California, Irvine, researchers discovered that while repetition enhances the factual content of memories, when memory is repeatedly recalled, nuances may slip away. In the ...

Brain Activity of Bipolar Kids May Suggest Treatment Approaches

June 20th, 2014
New research suggests children diagnosed with bipolar disorder have greater activation in the right amygdala -- a brain region very important for emotional reaction -- than bipolar adults when viewing emotional faces. This finding suggests to the authors that bipolar children might benefit ...

New Device Shows How PTSD Damages Brain

June 20th, 2014
Innovative new technology in the form of a portable brain-mapping device can now show brain areas damaged by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). University of Texas, Arlington (UT) researchers developed the tool to assess brain (prefrontal cortex) activity in student veterans when they were ...

Parental Bonding Help Kids with Social Interactions

June 20th, 2014
Strong bonds to a parent can help a child as young as three years old develop relationships among playmates as the child is usually more positive and adaptable and a more responsive partner. Moreover, University of Illinois (UI) researchers believe the parental relationship ...

Safety Warnings on Antidepressants May Lead to Unintended Consequences

June 20th, 2014
FDA warnings about the potential danger for young people from taking antidepressants have resulted in a dramatic increase in suicide attempts. Researchers say the warnings have backfired, causing an increase in suicide attempts by teens and young adults. Harvard Medical School researchers report the ...

Brain Imaging Shows How Musical Training May Affect Cognition

June 20th, 2014
A new study suggests a possible biological link between youth musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital used functional MRI brain imaging to show that musically trained individuals demonstrated enhanced activation of specific areas ...

ADHD Meds Shown to Not Increase Suicide Risk – And May Protect Against It

June 19th, 2014
A comprehensive review of a national patient registry shows that drug therapy for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not increase suicide attempts or suicide, as was previously feared. In fact, according to Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute, the ADHD medications may have ...

Exposure to TV Violence Tied to Brain, Cognitive Abnormalities

June 19th, 2014
Emerging research discovers young adult men who watched more violence on television showed indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning. The Indiana University School of Medicine study is published online in the journal Brain and Cognition. For the investigation, researchers used ...

Gestures Aid Development of Speech, Cognition

June 18th, 2014
Emerging research suggests that encouraging children to gesture at very early ages helps in speech and cognitive development. Investigators from the University of Chicago determined that examining how much children gesture at an early age may make it possible to identify and intervene ...

Fear Center in Brain Larger Among Anxious Kids

June 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests altered childhood development of the small brain structure called the amygdala, or “fear center,” may influence adult anxiety problems. As reported in the journal Biological Psychiatry, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine recruited 76 children, seven to nine years ...