Category Archives: Brain

Neuroscience Reveals Why Favorite Songs Make Us Feel So Good

Music reward sensitivity relies on fronto-striatal circuits, McGill study finds. A new study by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital of McGill University in Canada reveals that it’s possible to increase or decrease someone’s enjoyment of music by … Continue reading

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The Magic of Reading Aloud to Babies

New research shows even infants benefit from books and reading. You’re never too young for books. Reading to babies as young as six months of age leads to stronger vocabularies and better early literacy skills four years later, just as … Continue reading

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Language Exposure Relates to Structural Neural Connectivity in Childhood

Neuroscience research has elucidated broad relationships between socioeconomic status (SES) and young children’s brain structure, but there is little mechanistic knowledge about specific environmental factors that are associated with a specific variation in brain structure. One environmental factor, early language … Continue reading

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Imaging Social Motivation: Distinct Brain Mechanisms Drive Effort Production during Collaboration versus Competition

Collaborative and competitive interactions have been investigated extensively so as to understand how the brain makes choices in the context of strategic games, yet such interactions are known to influence a more basic dimension of behavior: the energy invested in … Continue reading

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Brain Characteristics of Individuals Resisting Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Some elderly appear to resist age-related decline in cognitive functions, but the neural correlates of successful cognitive aging are not well known. Here, older human participants from a longitudinal study were classified as successful or average relative to the mean … Continue reading

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The Impact of Parent–Child Interaction on Brain Structures

There is a vast amount of evidence from psychological studies that the amount of parent-child interaction affects the development of children’s verbal skills and knowledge. However, despite the vast amount of literature, brain structural development associated with the amount of parent-child interaction … Continue reading

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How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

Recent research provides a whole new understanding of the brain’s amygdala—and suggests that happy people take the bad with the good. One way to test these hypotheses is to look at activity in the amygdala—a small, almond-shaped brain region—in people … Continue reading

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How sleep washes away our worries

Lots of us have experienced the turmoil of worrying thoughts creeping in after we go to bed at night. What did I actually tell my friend about her husband tonight? Was she a little offended? And was that look from my … Continue reading

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Procrastinators and Doers have different Brains

New research has found that there’s actually a difference between doers — the people who just get stuff done — and procrastinators — the ones who don’t. In the study, published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers used magnetic resonance … Continue reading

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How Poverty Taxes the Brain

In a series of experiments run by researchers at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Warwick, low-income people who were primed to think about financial problems performed poorly on a series of cognition tests, saddled with a mental load that … Continue reading

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