Here’s another reason to get off the couch and start working up a sweat. Time the exercise right and you could just boost your ability to remember something new. That’s the finding of a new study.
But it all comes down to timing.
To lock up the new information, start burning those calories roughly four hours after you take in new information. That’s the recommendation of ...Readability Score: 7.9
Adolescence can mean facing the emotional challenges of adults for the first time. But what part of a teen’s brain processes those emotions depends on how mature that brain is, a new study finds.
As kids grow up, hormone levels will begin to surge in areas of their brains that manage emotions. The first surge starts deep within the brain. With time and maturity, some areas right behind...Readability Score: 7.5
Spoiler alert: Scientists can figure out a movie’s emotional tone from the gasps of its audience. Sure, the sounds are a cue. But so are the chemicals that viewers exhale each time they sigh and scream. These gases could point the way to a subtle form of human communication, a new study suggests.
“There’s an invisible concerto going on,” says Jonathan Williams. “You hear the music and...Readability Score: 8.2
What’s the harm in a little beer? That’s usually how it starts. Teenagers often are tempted to try some alcohol. Many give in when they are just 12 to 16 years old. Although they know they should avoid alcohol, many don’t. Some will soon end up drinking a lot — and often. This is called binge drinking. And when it begins at a young age, it can have lasting impacts. That’s the conclusion of a...Readability Score: 6.5
Language doesn’t live in just one part of the brain. Instead, many different brain regions pick out the meanings of words. These areas exist all across the brain’s wrinkly outer layer, new data show.
One brain region, for instance, responds to the words “family,” “home” and “mother.” It sits in a tiny chunk of tissue on the right side of the brain, above and behind the ear. A complex new...Readability Score: 7.7
Raised eyebrows? Wrinkled nose? Curled up corners of the lips? Most people looking at such expressions would immediately recognize surprise, disgust or happiness. Scientists have known for some time that people tune in to specific facial movements as they read another person’s emotions. Now researchers at Ohio State University in Columbus have identified which part of the brain accomplishes...Readability Score: 8.1
Lizards might snooze like people do.
Sleeping lizards seem to share distinctive brainwave patterns with sleeping birds and mammals. If true, these new findings suggest that sleep patterns in people evolved in a common ancestor of birds, mammals and reptiles. That would mean these patterns already existed some 300 million years ago. Researchers reported the finding April 29 in Science....Readability Score: 7.6
Waking and falling asleep do not happen the way researchers had thought they did, a new study suggests. Its results could affect how scientists understand sleep and awareness.
Neurons are the cells that power brain activity. Researchers thought that these cells decided when to switch the brain from sleep to wakefulness — and back again. However, these cells aren’t the brain’s only...Readability Score: 8.2
PHOENIX, Ariz. — The eyes of people with Alzheimer’s disease are, in some aspects, distinctly different from those of folks without this malady. That’s the finding of two teens. The changes they identified could offer reliable evidence of the disease in living people, the girls propose. More importantly, early signs of these changes might allow treatment for the disease before major symptoms...Readability Score: 7.8
People sleep with one ear open when they’re away from home.
The brain is divided into two halves, known as the left and right hemispheres. In unfamiliar surroundings, part of the left half keeps watch while the rest of the brain sleeps deeply. That helps explain why the first night of a sleepover at a friend’s home or at some vacation spot may not be restful.
Birds and some aquatic...Readability Score: 7.1