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  • To remember something new: Exercise!

    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  ...

    07:00 AM, July 29, 2016 Health, Brain
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Hormone affects how teens’ brains control emotions

    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...

    07:00 AM, July 15, 2016 Behavior, Brain, Body functions
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Gasp! At the movies, your breaths reveal your emotions

    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...

    07:00 AM, July 8, 2016 Chemistry, Brain
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Teen drinking may damage ability to cope with stress

    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...

    07:00 AM, June 13, 2016 Brain, Psychology, Behavior, Toxicology
    Readability Score: 6.5
  • Mapping word meanings in the brain

    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...

    07:00 AM, May 27, 2016 Brain
    Readability Score: 7.7
  • Small region of brain recognizes facial expressions

    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...

    07:00 AM, May 24, 2016 Brain, Psychology
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Dragons sleep like mammals and birds

    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....

    07:00 AM, May 16, 2016 Brain, Animals
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • A ‘cocktail’ in the brain can trigger sleep

    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...

    07:00 AM, May 15, 2016 Brain, Health, Body functions
    Readability Score: 8.2
  • Eyes offer new window into Alzheimer’s disease

    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...

    16:26 PM, May 11, 2016 Body functions, Brain
    Readability Score: 7.8
  • Left brain stands guard during sleepovers

    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...

    07:00 AM, May 11, 2016 Brain
    Readability Score: 7.1

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