Recalling positive memories reverses stress-induced depression

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:40 1195 Category: Latest News
In a remarkable demonstration of the curative power of memory, published in Nature, scientists have established that artificial reactivation of memories stored during a positive experience can suppress the effects of stress-induced depression. The research, conducted by scientists at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, a joint collaboration of RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan and MIT, shows how positive and negative memories interact in mood disorders, and provides a specific brain circuit for future clinical interventions.

Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:36 1052 Category: Latest News
Toxic chemicals may be triggering the recent increases in neurodevelopmental disabilities among children -- such as autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia -- according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The researchers say a new global prevention strategy to control the use of these substances is urgently needed. The report will be published online February 15, 2014 in Lancet Neurology.

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:22 1138 Category: Research Highlights
Some people say that reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" taught them the importance of friends, or that easy decisions are seldom right. Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of that book to learn a different lesson: identifying what different regions of the brain are doing when people read. Researchers from CMU's Machine Learning Department performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of eight people as they read a chapter of that Potter book...

Diagnosed autism is more common in an IT-rich region

Author: Ty Melillo Posted on: Wednesday, 24 June 2015 02:09 1102 Category: Research Highlights
A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region. The Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study, published today in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the 'hyper-systemizing' theory of autism.
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