Topic: Brain Science

August 30, 2016 Visualizing Addiction - Sensors that light up in presence of neurotransmitters are helping unlock the secrets of drug addiction.
August 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
August 2, 2016 Slow Motion Bias - Slow motion videos of violent encounters bias our interpretation of the events.
July 28, 2016 Alzheimer’s & Exercise - Exercise may promote healthy communication between blood vessels and brain cells.
July 21, 2016 Sperm Whale Messages - The click-like sounds made by deep-diving sperm whales carry personally identifying information.
July 20, 2016 Ecstasy Research - Can studying how certain Schedule I drugs work lead to insights about brain function?
July 6, 2016 Treating Brain Injuries - Researchers are testing a new way to transport therapeutic drugs to the site of traumatic brain injuries.
June 1, 2016 Scanning for Consciousness - A brain scanning technique could help determine levels of awareness experienced by patients in comas.
May 27, 2016 Psychadelics & Depression - Hallucinogenic drugs could lead to new treatments for intractable depression.
May 17, 2016 Mother’s Voice - Brain scans reveal the power of a mother’s voice on her child.
May 13, 2016 Sleep & Aging - Insomnia in older adults is due to a failure in brain circuitry.
May 10, 2016 Subconscious Visual Bias - A neuroscientist finds that subconscious stereotypes can lead us to see hostility in friendly faces.
May 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
April 25, 2016 The “First Night” Effect - What happens in our brains when we can’t fall asleep in new places.
April 21, 2016 Tracking Fastballs - To hit a fastball, a batter's brain has to predict when it'll come across the plate.
April 1, 2016 Adolescent Anxiety - Variations in a fear-controlling brain circuit could be a factor in adolescent anxiety disorders.
March 28, 2016 Retrieving Lost Memories - In a mouse model of early Alzheimer’s disease, scientists used light to trigger memories that the mice had forgotten.
March 11, 2016 Water Skiing Beetles - Specialized wings and claws propel a beetle across water at breakneck speeds.
March 10, 2016 Aggressive Mouse Brains - Researchers probe the neural roots of violence by studying the brains of belligerent mice.
February 3, 2016 Performance Anxiety - Scientists pinpoint regions of the brain that work together to trip us up when we’re being scrutinized.
January 25, 2016 Casino Rats - Studying how rats respond to the same cues that encourage people to make unwise bets could lead to better treatments for problem gambling.
January 22, 2016 Habit Forming Brain Cells - Neuroscientists report on some brain circuits that are habit forming.
January 8, 2016 Reversing Blindness in India - A project that restores sight to blind people in India is highlighting the resiliency of the human brain.
January 7, 2016 Medical Roundup - Slowing Alzheimer’s disease by cleansing the brain of toxic proteins; also, new findings on a sweet-tooth hormone.
December 22, 2015 Science Breakthroughs of 2015: The Lymphatic Brain - Science Breakthroughs of 2015: An unexpected finding in the brain.
December 14, 2015 Computer Learning - Scientists reverse-engineer the human learning process to help computers think more creatively.
November 25, 2015 Focusing in on Attention - Functional MRI brainscans could identify attention deficit disorders in the resting brain.
October 28, 2015 Two Person MRI - Neuroscientists are studying interactions by squeezing two people into an MRI scanner.
October 14, 2015 Placebos & Depression - People who respond better to fake medicine may also get more relief from the real thing.
October 13, 2015 New Old Neurons - Scientists are developing new strategies for making old neurons to study diseases of aging.
October 8, 2015 Tinnitus & Chronic Pain - The common roots of chronic pain and tinnitus.
September 22, 2015 Brain Organoids - Organized clumps of neural tissue called brain organoids could let researchers study neurological disorders in the laboratory.
August 28, 2015 Beating Bitterness - How do certain foods banish the bitter aftertaste of some medications?
August 25, 2015 Place Memories - When a familiar place changes, two brain regions work together to update our memories.
August 19, 2015 Whistled Turkish - A language researcher studies Turkish villagers who communicate through whistles.
July 17, 2015 The Screaming Brain - What qualities make screams so scary?
July 14, 2015 Brainets - Coordinating brain activity between patients and therapists could be the future of treatment for brain injuries and diseases.
July 9, 2015 My Virtual Dream - A neuroscientist crowd-sources brainwave data at musical events for her research.
June 30, 2015 Reversing Addiction - Could a drug erase the memories that keep addicts coming back for more?
April 30, 2015 Sugar vs. Stress - Do people use sugar to deal with stress?
April 28, 2015 Alcohol & the Adolescent Brain - Heavy drinking before the age of 25 may lead to lasting changes in parts of the brain critical for memory and learning.
April 24, 2015 Brain Stimulation & Creativity - Stimulating the brain with mild electrical current may enhance creativity and treat depression.
April 8, 2015 Cat Brain Parasites - Probing the effects of a cat-borne parasite on the brains of its victims.
April 7, 2015 Anorexia & Hunger - The brains of people with anorexia don’t connect the feeling of hunger with reward.
March 13, 2015 Brain Insulin Resistance - Insulin-resistance in the brain may be responsible for mood disorders in diabetics, and may also play a role in Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders.
February 23, 2015 SURVIVAL IN THE WILD - SURVIVAL (Encore Presentation) - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees, and why that insulation is so important to social development.
February 18, 2015 Chronic Pain Imaging - Researchers are imaging the brain’s microglial cells to get a better handle on the causes of chronic pain.
February 10, 2015 False Memories - The brain creates – and then reinforces – memories of events that never really happened.
February 9, 2015 Internal Brain Maps - To find their way around, animals have specialized neurons that fire in response to specific locations in the environment.
February 5, 2015 Science or Nonsense? - ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?