Neuropsychology and Neurology News

Early Life Experiences Influence Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

July 27th, 2014
Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment later in life than demographic characteristics such as race and ethnicity, according to new research. The new study from researchers at the University ...

Babies’ Inability to Make Eye-Contact/Smile Used to Trigger Autistic Interventions

July 25th, 2014
Emerging research from the University of Miami suggests babies at risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be identified before year one. Early detection of a high risk child could allow interventions to mitigate autistic behaviors. In the study, researchers studied babies at ...

Soulmates Have Worst Relationships

July 25th, 2014
Provocative new research looks into the way that people think and talk about love. Social psychologists observed that people talk and think about love in an incessant variety of ways but underlying such diversity are some common themes that frame how we think ...

Trying too Hard Can Slow New Language Development

July 22nd, 2014
Neuroscientists have long observed that learning a language presents a different set of opportunities and challenges for adults and children. Adults easily grasp the vocabulary needed to navigate a grocery store or order food in a restaurant, but children have an innate ability ...

Personalized Approach and Computer Tablets Improve Autistic Care

July 21st, 2014
Emerging research shows that the communication skills of minimally verbal children with autism can be greatly improved through personalized interventions that are combined with the use of computer tablets. A three-year study by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers examined different approaches ...

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of its kind ...

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that over a ...

Study of Resting Brain May Help Unravel Severe Mental Illness

July 20th, 2014
The human brain operates much the same whether a person is at rest or performing a variety of tasks, according to new research from Rutgers University-Newark. This finding will make it easier to study severe mental illness, since scientists can be certain ...

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

July 19th, 2014
Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage, including thinking and memory problems, according to a new study. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate traumatic brain injury were compared to 33 ...

Poor Sleep Lowers Activity Level of Those With PTSD

July 17th, 2014
A new study suggests that compromised sleep quality as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can lead to a reduction in physical activity. Limited physical activity, in turn, is linked to negative health outcomes such as obesity. “We found that sleep quality was ...
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