More Evidence That Growing Up Poor May Alter Key Brain Structures
A new study adds "to the growing awareness of the immense public health crisis represented by the huge number of children growing up in poverty and the likely long-lasting impact this experience has on brain development and on negative mood and depression," researchers write.
Haunted House Science: You Don't Need Gore To Terrify, If You Know The Brain
How's this for a tale of horror? Neuroscientists who understand what scares you at the deepest level create a haunted house using their knowledge. Yikes. Actually, it's fun, and demonstrates how to "curate fear" so you don't need bloody gore to terrify; it may even teach you a bit about your own brain -- if you survive, of course...
When And Where Do You Stress? Ambitious Project Aims To Map Daily Life, Whole City
An ambitious new study will aim to map the stress points in individual lives, in professions and institutions (who's under more stress, doctor or nurse? Harvard student or Northeastern student?) and even of a whole city -- Boston.
Brain Scientist: How Pixar's 'Inside Out' Gets One Thing Deeply Wrong
"Inside Out" is an entertaining film but you shouldn't conclude from it that your brain has distinct circuits or regions for certain emotions, a neuroscientist argues: "The inner workings of emotions in the brain are less like Joy and her pals and more like the Avengers, who save the world by working together as a team."
Ringing In Your Ears? Finally, Researchers Finding New Clues About Tinnitus
Tinnitus -- ringing or other noise in the ears -- affects some 50 million Americans, including nearly a million veterans. It's finally starting to get the attention it deserves from researchers, who are gaining new insights into what goes wrong.
Visionaries: MIT Scientist Helps Blind Indian Children See, And Then Learns From Them
Pawan Sinha is expanding the project he founded to combine science with humanitarian work: It provides eye surgery for poor blind Indian children, and then advances brain science by studying them as they learn to see.
Could Tsarnaev Argue, 'My Immature, Pot-Impaired Brain Made Me Do It'?
A forensic psychiatrist examines the possibility that alleged Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could try to fend off the death penalty by pointing to neuroscience on the immaturity of teen brains and the effects of marijuana use, but concludes that what will matter most is his behavior, not his brain.
Brain Science, Dangerous? Not So Fast, Says Poverty Expert
Science shows us that people are highly “plastic” and respond to changes in the environment. If we reduce or remove stresses in the environment, the body and the mind respond positively and quickly. This holds true for both adults and children.