TED talk: "Can the damaged brain repair itself"" Dr. Siddharthan Chandran
Concussion and the NFL
Attention and Cognition
How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition
Do the benefits of arts training transfer to seemingly unrelated cognitive abilities? Researchers are finding evidence that it does.
How the Brain is Wired for Attention
Researchers have uncovered a wiring diagram that shows how the brain pays attention to visual, cognitive, sensory, and motor cues. The research provides a critical foundation for the study of abnormalities in attention that can be seen in many brain disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and attention deficit disorder.
Cellular Mechanisms for Attention in the Brain Uncovered
The ability to pay attention to relevant information while ignoring distractions is a core brain function. Without the ability to focus and filter out "noise," we could not effectively interact with our environment. Despite much study of attention in the brain, the cellular mechanisms responsible for the effects of attention have remained a mystery. Now, researchers have shed new light on this cellular process.
Memory and Aging
Staying Sharp -- Memory and Aging
Dana Alliance feature publication
Solving the Mystery of Memory
Scientific progress in understanding memory over the last 15 years.
How the brain forms memories - highlighting the work of two neuro scientists, Brenda Milner and Suzanne Corkin, and their studies of a famous patient, H.M.
Memory is not Infallible
Looking at memory from the cellular level.
The Secret Life of the Aging Brain
The latest discoveries in neuroscience present a new view of how the brain ages. Overturning decades of dogma, scientists recently discovered that even into our seventies, our brains continue producing new neurons. Scientists no longer hold the longstanding belief that we lose vast numbers of brain cells as we grow older. The normal aging process leaves most mental functions intact, and may even provide the brain with unique advantages that form the basis for wisdom. The aging brain is also far more resilient than was previously believed.
The Neurobiology of Brain Injury
An exploration of what happens within the brain after injury and how scientists’ growing awareness of the brain’s capacity for repair could lead to better treatment options.
Differences in a Single Gene May Influence Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury
New research has revealed that differences in a single gene may predict how well a person recovers from a TBI, compared to others with similar injuries.
Neuro Essentialism: The ‘Dark Side’ of Focus on Brain Plasticity?
Have we tipped too far in considering addiction a disease of only the brain, with no reference to the outside world? Some addiction researchers say yes.
New Study Says Brain Injuries May Be Identified By a Protein in the Blood
Swedish researchers say a blood test may be near that identifies brain injury by detecting tau proteins in the brain.
Alzheimer's Disease & Art
Neuro Degenerative Disease
From Humans to Mice and Back
Understanding the underlying genetics of disease is a crucial step.
Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease?
Drug trial planned in preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s in people who are at risk for the disease but are presently quite healthy.
Alzheimer's Drugs May Help Treat Brain Injuries
For decades, scientists have postulated a link between traumatic brain injuries and an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now neuro scientists have uncovered a possible mechanism the two conditions share.
New Directions for Alzheimer's Disease
Where are we in the study of Alzheimer's?
Amyloid Imaging and Beyond
Researchers are developing a host of new PET-scan tracers for proteins associated with neuro degenerative diseases.
Destroying the Brain Through Immunity
In the revolution in neuro immunology a new class of nervous system disorders has been discovered.
Study Suggests Autism Prevention Strategy
A single day of drug treatment before birth reportedly prevents an autism-like condition in two different rodent models.
Benefit of Brain Games
Video - Staying Sharp program panelist Jessica Englert, PhD, of DeGraff Memorial Hospital discusses the benefits of brain games and the best ways to exercise your brain, as well as tips on fall prevention.
Stroke - A Primer
The effect of stroke on the brain.
The Effects of War
Unique Therapies for Troops With Brain Injuries
The battle scars from war zones are often invisible, and the healing process comes in many shapes and forms. A unique outpatient "art therapy" program at Fort Belvoir's National Intrepid Center of Excellence, helps troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries.
Art: An unlikely form of army therapy
With the lack of military hospitals, many veterans are turning to charities for help. One is using the unlikely weapon of art to help fight the psychological wounds of war, while another is actively encouraging artwork in the army, with great success.
Injuries of War
Panel of brain experts outline connections, developments in TBI and PTSD.
Blasts May Cause Brain Injury Even Without Symptoms: Veteran Study
Veterans exposed to explosions who do not report symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) may still have damage to the brain's white matter comparable to veterans with TBI, according to researchers.
Could PTSD involve immune cell response to stress? Study in mice raises question.
Chronic stress that produces inflammation and anxiety in mice appears to prime their immune systems for a prolonged fight, causing the animals to have an excessive reaction to a single acute stressor weeks later, new research suggests.
The Invisible Wound: Veterans' Art Therapy
Some Clues to the Prevention and Treatment of TBI
On April 13, 2011, Oliver Hughes was on a mounted patrol in Afghanistan when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED). The major impact of the blast occurred right under his seat, crumpling the floor plates beneath the dashboard, pinning his legs below the knees...
War Might Be Making Young Bodies Old
The tragic signs of post-traumatic stress disorder or battlefield concussion are all too evident. Even more alarming for researchers is emerging evidence that these newest American combat veterans — former GIs and Marines in their 20s and 30s — appear to be growing old before their time. Scientists see early signs of heart disease and diabetes, slowed metabolisms and obesity — maladies more common to middle age or later.
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury
Deep Brain Stimulation: A Theory and Investigative Tool
The benefits of deep brain stimulation in treating disorders and in better understanding the brain.
Arts and Cognition
The Arts and The Brain
Now that scientists can scan our brains in the act of observing or creating art, what can they tell us about what is going on in there?
Arts and Cognition: Arts Education, the Brain and Language
Research to determine cognitive differences between performing arts and non-performing arts students.
Arts and Cognition: Dance and the Brain
Studying the connection between dance and learning-related changes in the brain.
Arts and Cognition: How Art Training Influences Cognition
How training in the arts can influence other cognitive processes through the underlying mechanism of attention
Arts and Cognition:Learning, Arts and the Brain
The results of a three-year study in which researchers grappled with a fundamental question: Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?
Arts and Cognition: Training in the Arts, Reading and Brain Imaging
Studies investigating the effect of the arts on children’s reading abilities.
Arts and Cognition: Summary
Consortium report findings on the relationship between arts training and the brain's ability to learn in other domains.
Arts and Cognition: Musical Skills and Cognition
Exploring the effects that training in music and in acting have on memory skills.
Researchers tap into the brain’s intricate circuitry as it draws and judges its own work.
Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying the Creative Process
What happens in the mind as a creative idea takes shape?
The Inner Experience of Brain Trauma
The Inner Lives of Disordered Brains
A new kind of story about brain disorders has emerged that is capturing the attention of both scientists and the general public.
For Teachers: Lesson Plans and Resources for Art Integration
The Brain: Our Sense of Self
A Teacher's Guide
Letter to My Child's Teachers and Administrators
We are in the process of transitioning my 9-year-old son from a traumatic brain injury rehab program back to public school. Some have asked that I share this letter I wrote to his school with the chance that it could help or inspire others.
CNN Health's "Inside Your Brain" series
How Your Brain Makes Moral Judgments
Researchers interested in the neuroscience of morality are investigating which brain networks are involved in such decisions, and what might account for people's individual differences in judgments.
PTSD from your ZIP code: Urban violence and the brain
A growing number of programs treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in war veterans. But far fewer treat Americans who suffer from the PTSD that comes with their ZIP code. And this kind of PTSD may be affecting even more people.
This is Your Brain on Knitting
Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say. It may also ease stress, increase happiness and protect the brain from damage caused by aging.