Feeling young could slow down brain ageing: Study

Feeling young could slow down brain ageing: Study

Seoul, July 5 (IANS): Besides improving your physical and mental health, feeling younger can also slow down the rate of brain ageing, finds a study.   The findings showed that elderly people who feel younger than their age show fewer signs of brain ageing, compared with those who feel their age or older than their […]

New imaging agent may guide therapy for brain diseases

New imaging agent may guide therapy for brain diseases

London, April 3 (IANS) Researchers have developed a new imaging agent that could help guide and assess treatments for people with various neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis (MS).   The agent, which is used in PET scans, targets receptors in nerve cells in the brain that are involved in learning and memory. […]

Scientists identify brain region for opioid alternative

Scientists identify brain region for opioid alternative

London, February 27 (IANS) An international team of researchers has identified a brain area that works as a natural painkilling system and could pave the way for a possible alternative to opioids for the effective relief of chronic pain.   The findings showed that a single region of the prefrontal cortex, called the pregenual cingulate […]

Scientists decode mechanism to help quit unwanted thoughts

Scientists decode mechanism to help quit unwanted thoughts

London, November 4 (IANS) Scientists have identified a key chemical within the “memory” region of the brain that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts.   The findings showed that the ability to inhibit unwanted thoughts relies on a neurotransmitter — a chemical within the brain that allows messages to pass between nerve cells — known […]

How the brain copes with ageing

How the brain copes with ageing

New York, September 16 (IANS) As the brain begins to shrink with age, it increases communication between the two brain hemispheres to help older people compensate for the negative aspects of ageing, new research has found.   “This study provides an explicit test of some controversial ideas about how the brain reorganises as we age,” […]

Brain learns to recognise faces through repeated exposure

Brain learns to recognise faces through repeated exposure

New York, September 5 (IANS) Regions of the brain that are key to facial recognition form only through experience, says a new study that casts doubt on the longstanding belief that the ability to recognise faces must be innate for people and other primates.   The study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, showed that […]

Your brain is better at math that you think it is

New York, August 29 (IANS) We may not know it but our brains are actually pretty good at math and they constantly perform complicated calculations to make sense of the world , researchers have found.   Our brains combine complicated observations from our surroundings into a simple assessment of the situation that aids our behaviour […]

Failure the best teacher for your brain

New York, Aug 26 (IANS) If your brain gets a chance to learn from its mistakes, it will turn failures in life into positive experiences, researchers have revealed.   Scientists have long understood that the brain has two ways of learning.   One is avoidance learning which is a punishing, negative experience that trains the […]

Can our brain regulate its loss of control?

Can our brain regulate its loss of control?

New York, Aug 15 (IANS) Our brain could actually be regulating the progression of glaucoma and other neuro-degenerative diseases, researchers say. [google_ad_728_90_text] The result has implications in the pursuit of neuroprotective therapies.   Glaucoma is a neuro-degenerative disease where patients lose seemingly random patches of vision in each eye.   Scientists have long thought that […]