Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course of deep ...

Hiring Authority Influences Gender-Related Depression

November 21st, 2014
A job description that includes hiring and firing authority appears to affect women and men differently. In a new study, researchers discovered that having job authority increases symptoms of depression among women, but decreases them among men. "Women with job authority -- the ...

Early Puberty May Put Teens at Risk for Depression

November 20th, 2014
New research suggests kids who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression. Both genders are at risk, although depression typically develops differently in girls than in boys, said University of Illinois researchers. "Investigators believe their findings show that early ...

Mental & Physical Pain May Be Different After All

November 19th, 2014
New research may rewrite how we believe pain is processed by the brain. For the last decade, neuroscientists have believed that the brain processes physical and social pain in a similar manner. Now, a new study from the University of Colorado shows that the ...

Musical Expertise Linked to Robust Long-Term Memory

November 19th, 2014
A study of professional musicians suggests musical expertise improves long-term memory and cognitive performance. In the research, scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington measured electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. Dr. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor ...

Prolonged Negative Thinking May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

November 18th, 2014
Repetitive negative thinking (RNT) may increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. In Alzheimer’s disease, brain cells begin to degenerate and die, causing severe problems with memory ...

Cookie Monster Helps Kids Learn Self-Control

November 17th, 2014
An innovative study has determined that watching the Sesame Street video featuring the Cookie Monster can help children improve their executive skills. Deborah Linebarger, an associate professor at the University of Iowa, discovered that when a group of preschoolers watched videos of ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

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, ...