A growing body of evidence suggests that when older people’s brains have to work harder to see, declines in language, memory, attention and more could follow.
The categories we use to describe our thinking are messed up.
Irisin, a hormone produced by muscles during exercise, can enter the brain and improve cognition, a mouse study suggests.
The discovery suggested that horseshoe crab brains haven’t changed much and that there are more ways for soft tissues to be preserved in the fossil record.
Covid made things worse for many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. But it also came with a silver lining.
Flavonoids, the chemicals that give plant foods their bright colors, may help curb the frustrating forgetfulness and mild confusion of advancing age.
Lingering physical, mental and neurological symptoms are affecting children as well as adults, including many who had mild reactions to the initial coronavirus infection.
He disputed the Freudian view that dreams held encrypted codes of meaning, believing instead that they resulted from random firings of neurons in the brain.
Research into these often mysterious and debilitating disorders has languished. That’s changing.
In a once unimagined accomplishment, electrodes implanted in the man’s brain transmit signals to a computer that displays his words.
How to deal with forgetfulness, and embrace your mind’s new ‘superpowers.’
Older men and women who walked for six months showed improvements in white matter and memory, while those who danced or did stretching exercises did not.
When my ex injured his brain in a fall and thought we were still together, I had to fill in the gaps.
By studying centenarians, researchers hope to develop strategies to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and slow brain aging for all of us.
The days when we could do it all in our heads are over.
Scientists are finding new ways to probe two not-so-rare conditions to better understand the links between vision, perception and memory.
If the agency approves it, aducanumab would be the first new Alzheimer’s treatment since 2003. Patients are desperate for new options, but some scientists say there isn’t enough evidence it works.
Six years after they were first reported, debilitating neurological symptoms have shaken the province of New Brunswick and still have doctors in Canada stumped.
Pandemic life has saddled us with lots of conflicting emotions. Here’s how to cope with feelings of uncertainty and make a fresh start.
An F.D.A. sign-off for aducanumab would make finding a good treatment harder.
The study, a tour de force in bioengineering, comes after two decades of research on brain-to-brain synchrony in people.
Using a technique called optogenetics, researchers added light-sensitive proteins to the man’s retina, giving him a blurry view of objects.
Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects.
The sugar-laden, high-fat foods we often crave when we are stressed or depressed, as comforting as they are, may be the least likely to benefit our mental health.
In the narrow window in which patients are aware of their disease, they have sought help in clinical trials. But enrolling enough participants to make these trials count is not easy.
The research, tracking thousands of people from age 50 on, suggests those who sleep six hours or less a night are more likely to develop dementia in their late 70s.
New research found that half of young patients with the inflammatory condition, MIS-C, in a London hospital experienced confusion, hallucinations and other issues, in addition to physical symptoms.
Pavle Jovanovic, who represented the United States at the 2006 Olympics, is believed to be the first athlete in a sliding sport to be found with a disease caused by repeated brain traumas.
An emerging branch of neuroscience asks a question long on the minds of researchers. Recent stimulus payments make the study more relevant.
I’ve reported on behavior and mental health for 20 years. As I exit, I can’t help but wonder why researchers have placed so little emphasis on helping people in distress today.
Older people with mild cognitive impairment showed improvements in brain blood flow and memory after a yearlong aerobic exercise program.
A visit to the dentist unexpectedly led to a resolution.
In “Hooked,” Michael Moss explores how no addictive drug can fire up the reward circuitry in our brains as rapidly as our favorite foods.
A new study illuminates the complex array of neurological issues experienced by people months after their coronavirus infections.
Some people who contract the coronavirus experience lingering, debilitating health issues. We look at how the disease could have long-term effects on the brain.
In the US, a 2016 Gallup poll found that the majority of schools want to start teaching code, with 66 percent of K-12 school principals thinking that computer science learning should be incorporated into other subjects. Most countries in Europe have added coding classes and computer science to their school curricula, with France and Spain introducing theirs in 2015. This new generation of coders is expected to boost the worldwide developer population from 23.9 million in 2019 to 28.7 million in 2024.
Despite all this effort, there’s still some confusion on how to teach coding. Is it more like a language, or more like math? Some new research may have settled this question by watching the brain’s activity while subjects read Python code.
Two schools on schooling
Right now, there are two schools of thought. The prevailing one is that coding is a type of language, with its own grammar rules and syntax that must be followed. After all, they’re called coding languages for a reason, right? This idea even has its own snazzy acronym: Coding as Another Language, or CAL.
Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.
New research suggests that stimulating neurons in the brain can address psychological issues with surprising speed and precision.
Food researchers debate whether highly processed foods like potato chips and ice cream are addictive, triggering our brains to overeat.
Researchers grew clusters of brain cells in the lab with a gene carried by our ancient ancestors.
He was getting lost driving home from work. And he was having strange spasms. What was the cause?
Most had no history of mental illness and became psychotic weeks after contracting the virus. Cases are expected to remain rare but are being reported worldwide.
A woman in Colombia with a rare genetic mutation recently made the ultimate donation to science.
A growing body of research suggests that the foods you eat can affect how well you sleep, and your sleep patterns can affect your dietary choices.
In a two-day meeting sponsored by the N.I.H., officials acknowledged an insufficient understanding of the issues and warned of a growing public health problem.
She’d just quit drinking, but could that really have anything to do with these disturbing symptoms?
She performed autopsies in New York that found blood clots in vital organs, suggesting how much the virus spreads through the body.
In stressful times, this surprising lesson from neuroscience may help to lessen your anxieties.
Ellie Furneaux looked like she was going to become Britain’s next star in the sledding sport skeleton. But a series of concussions took a heavy toll.
A new study offers the strongest evidence yet of “time cells” in the brain.