MIND & BRAIN NEWS

The Brain's 17 Different Structures and Their Functions

Paul Andersen explains the structures and functions of seventeen major parts of the brain in this video.  He begins with a quick discussion of brain evolution and ends with a review of the major parts presented inside the brainstem, cerebellum, thalamus, and cerebrum. “Hi. It’s Mr. Andersen and in this video I’m going to talk about the brain, structure, and function. Remember! Structure is what it’s made up of. And Function

What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet?

What happens inside the brain of a gambling addict when they make a bet – and can the secret to their addiction be found within the brain itself? BBC Panorama filmed a unique experiment designed to find out. Wendy Bendel’s partner killed himself after struggling with a 20-year gambling addiction. In a confession he wrote for Wendy he singled out the high-stakes, high-frequency fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) found in bookmakers

The house that rewires the brain

In a time of a worldwide epidemic of depression, brutal assassinations and attacks on our freedom, huge problems with global warming, plastic pollution everywhere, in a time that we need formidable solutions, in such a time we have some beautiful opportunities at hand by which we can make a difference and create a better world. And those opportunities come from 4 simple but slightly surprising facts. Bernard Maarsingh as a

You have a wonderful plastic brain and you are capable of anything..

Hayley Teasdale is doing groundbreaking research into non-invasive brain stimulation that shows great promise, particularly for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. In this talk, she give us insights into how she came to be working in this field, and her hopes for the future. She is a neur­os­cient­ist with her work mainly focused on Parkinson’s dis­ease, she uses non-invas­ive brain stim­u­la­tion to try and com­bat symp­toms. She is par­tic­u­larly inter­ested

Want a younger brain? Stay in School—and Take the Stairs

The more flights of stairs a person climbs, and the more years of school a person completed, the younger brain. Taking the stairs is normally associated with keeping your body strong and healthy. But new research shows that it improves your brain’s health too—and that education also has a positive effect. In a study recently published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, researchers led by Jason Steffener, a scientist at

People with increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana

People at increased risk of schizophrenia are more likely to use marijuana, reports a recent study. Earlier this year, experts warned on the elevated risk of psychosis in people who use cannabis, especially those who are mentally vulnerable. International drugs experts noted that even if not everyone who smokes marijuana develops psychosis, there are high chances for vulnerable ones to develop the condition, which could be huge public health concern.

While sugar impairs memory and learning skills, Eating chocolate improves brain function

Researchers at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) conducted a study in 2012 on rats and found that a diet high in fructose hinders learning skills and memory and also slow down the brain. The researchers found that rats who over-consumed fructose had damaged synaptic activity in the brain, meaning that communication among brain cells was impaired. Study’s lead author Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla said in a statement that “Insulin is

Mathematically Modelling How The Brain Makes Complex Decisions

Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process. Researchers have constructed the first comprehensive model of how neurons in the brain behave when faced with a complex decision-making process, and how they adapt and learn from mistakes. The mathematical model, developed by researchers from the University of Cambridge, is the first biologically realistic account of

How sugar affects the brain?

How does a big bowl of sugary cereal or a candy bar affect the brain? In this conversation with Jessica P.Johnson, you will realize what happens in the brain during a sugar rush, and how that changes when sugar is swapped out with artificial sweeteners. Freelance science writer and podcast producer with degrees in biology, microbiology, and science journalism, Jessica P.Johnson had report with Dr.Nicole Avena, a research neuroscientist, author

The brain is the body's most mysterious organ

Although the adult human brain weighs on average about 1.3–1.5 kg, or about 2% of total body weight, It controls all parts of the body and allows you to think, feel, move your arms and legs and it helps you stay healthy. With 100 billion cells, your brain is like a CEO of a giant corporation. Brain decides what we say and how we feel. The more we know about