Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving.
From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
Millions of dollars have been spent on ‘growth mindset’ initiatives. Do they work?
While schools have adopted 'growth mindset' interventions and millions of dollars have been spent to see if they work, an analysis of the available research shows they have only a small impact.
What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
Psychedelic drugs have inspired great songs and works of art. But they may also have potential for treating disease like depression and PTSD by helping to regrow damaged regions of the brain.
Violence in communities may have an additional unseen victim: young peoples’ developing brains.
Experiencing and witnessing violence in their communities can lead to emotional, social and cognitive problems for kids. A new study shows it affects how their developing brains grow, as well.
Oui! There is more than one way to navigate to the Eiffel Tower.
Brain signals might work like people navigating without a map – and it's actually more efficient than you think.
Omega-3 fats can be found in many food sources, including salmon, flax seeds and walnuts as well as over-the-counter supplements.
A new study shows that most young adults know about the connection between omega-3 fats and brain and heart health. Despite this, only two out of five reported buying or eating omega-3 foods.
You heard it say what?
Where you come down on the latest internet hullabaloo depends on how your brain fills in gaps in the sounds you hear.
As well as increasing physical fitness and mental health, martial arts can boost brain cognition too.
You're more likely to know a word but not be able to produce it as you get older. Keeping fit could minimise these lapses.
When it comes to neuroscience, there's no such thing as an 'average' teenager.
The after effects of brain injury can turn lives upside down.
The drive to overeat may be rooted in survival brain circuits.
New weight loss approaches seek to switch off the brain patterns that drive overeating and weight regain. Here's how that works, and how it could help you.
A lot of Alzheimer's treatments focus on removing plaques in the brain. But could this be the wrong target?
Probes that can transmit electricity inside the skull raise questions about personal autonomy and responsibility.
Where does responsibility lie if a person acts under the influence of their brain implant? As neurotechnologies advance, a neuroethicist and a legal expert write that now's the time to hash it out.
Researchers have identified which part of the brain helps us understand and respond to social interactions.
There are currently no effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which causes may elders to live their last years without recognizing their loved ones, and unable to care for themselves.
Study of the "memory centres" of the brain in adults offers hope for detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier -- before the onset of memory loss.
Could it be that a baby has all the brain cells she ever will?
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Neuroscience labs around the world may need to reevaluate some of their assumptions about whether what works in animals will really produce meaningful treatments for people.
A lone new neuron (green) in a 13-year-old’s hippocampus.
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The scientists behind a controversial new study were surprised by their own results. But they carefully did all they could to 'prove a negative,' and their neurogenesis study is shaking up the field.
Baroness Tessa Jowell speaking in the House of Lords.
There are several things we can do to speed up the development of new drugs, without putting patients at risk.