News Stories relating to "brain"
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Americans tend to think that our IQ is a combination of the genes we were born with and the way we were educated, but the Chinese think that at least half of the variation in intelligence quotient, or IQ, is inherited. The average person's IQ is 100. The average Nobel laureate's...
Monday, December 31, 2012
Is it possible to rewire our brain
? (NOTE: Subscribers
can still listen to this show). Sometimes this may happen without our knowledge, such as when we drink too much.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you didn't do well in math, it may be because crunching numbers literally hurts your brain.
When neuroscientists look at a human brain under an fMRI machine, while they give them a math problem to do, the pain centers in some people's brains light up. In one such test, the parts of the brain that perceive pain and bodily threats...
Friday, November 2, 2012
The new science of evolutionary medicine asks the question: who (or WHAT) benefits when people show symptoms of a disease? Often, it's the microbes that are causing the disease in the first place. For instance, cold symptoms. When an infected person coughs or sneezes out some of the tiny organisms that are causing the problem, they are able to...
Friday, October 5, 2012
Will brain control
can still listen to this show) someday make us all obedient servants? In the quest to understand how the brain turns sensory input into behavior, scientists have used precisely-...
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus. While the medical implications of male DNA and male cells in the brain are unknown, the harboring of genetic material and cells that were exchanged between fetus and mother during pregnancy has been linked to autoimmune diseases and...
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It turns out that the human brain takes a series of snapshots, very quickly, that appears to us as continuous perception. This is the way a movie filmstrip works--the dark line between each frame tricks the eye and the brain to perceiving a series of still images as moving. Could this be why it is so difficult for us to see the visitors--that they...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Why do the elderly support politicians who want to do away with Medicare and Social Security? Scientists say this is because a specific area of the brain has deteriorated or is damaged.
By examining patients with various forms of brain damage, researchers have pinpointed the precise location in the human brain, called the...
Friday, August 3, 2012
Drug research is changing: instead of pills, researchers are concentrating on "bioelectronics" that "zap" the brain into healing the body through electronic signaling. A lot this has to do with implants
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Can't remember where you put your keys? (How about your Key
!) Are you more forgetful than you used to be? It could be because you're EATING TOO MUCH.
New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss among...
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
We always assume that humans are getting smarter all the time, but we may really be getting dumber. In fact, human brains are actually SHRINKING
, despite the fact that our heads are actually getting LARGER. And why do so many people do two--or more--things at once, like...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
While we can't all be clairvoyant
, neuroscientists who are able to "watch" our brains in action with fMRI machines have determined that activity in a region of the brain associated with reward can predict who will...
Monday, May 21, 2012
Attentiveness in kindergarten accurately predicts the development of "work-oriented" skills in school children.
Elementary school teachers made observations of attention skills
in over a thousand kindergarten children, then later, when these...
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It doesn't just bring us Vitamin D, it can affect all brain activity--including the central nervous system--leading to changes in human behavior. And the recent solar flares
coming from the sun may lead to an even GREATER response than...
Monday, April 30, 2012
Some researchers worry
that violent video games
will make their players (usually young boys) more violent, while other scientists think they help build brain power. Wouldn’t it be nice...
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Forget the idea of the dumb athlete, a new study shows that professional athletes have BETTER brains. In fact, psychologists, rather than coaches, are devising tests to tell how good a soccer player will become in the future.
It has long been known that physical ability and ball sense are not enough to become really good at soccer. A...
Monday, April 23, 2012
Our brains are constantly rewiring themselves based on the events in daily life, and what we pay the most attention to is what effects them the most. This means that the way you decide to spend your time literally transforms you
In the March 25th edition of...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Despite all the awful things that happen to human beings during their lifetimes, we seem to be genetically optimistic. When we marry
, we never think we'll get divorced. When we get a new job
, we don't expect to be fired. And it's...
Monday, March 5, 2012
Which ear do you use for your cell phone? If you’re a left brain thinker, chances are you use your right hand to hold your cell phone up to your right ear. There is a strong correlation between brain dominance and the ear used to listen to a cell phone, with more than 70% of participants holding their cell phone up to the ear on the same...
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New research may one day help you improve your memory.
Neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in patients by stimulating a critical junction in the brain. The finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early...