MIND & BRAIN NEWS

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

Pain Produces Memory Gain

High heat improves recall of objects a year later, study finds… Pain can sear memories into the brain, a new study finds. A full year after viewing a picture of a random, neutral object, people could remember it better if they had been feeling painful heat when they first saw it. “The results are fun, they are interesting and they are provocative,” says neuroscientist A. Vania Apkarian of Northwestern University in

Women and Alzheimer's Disease

Did You Know that two out of every three people with Alzheimer’s disease are women? In the past, it’s thought that more women develop Alzheimer’s since they live longer than men. However, women may be at more risk than men in the first place due to a variety of reasons, like genetics or hormones. Estrogen has been shown to reduce beta-amyloid which is the “bad protein” that collects in the