Brain, behavior problems follow Zika in newborn monkeys

New research with rhesus monkeys indicates brain and behavior problems resulting from Zika virus infection soon after birth.

Lisa Newbern-Emory • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: brains zika viruses babies health-and-medicine mosquitoes

COVID-19 affects human neurons, mini-brains show

Does COVID-19 affect the brain? A new study shows that the coronavirus can infect the human brain cells and multiply.

Carly Kempler-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 neurons brains featured health-and-medicine artificial-organs

‘Threat memory’ from close-up fears may last longer

The way your brain processes threats that are close up may make it more difficults to get over the fear of the expereince over time.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: virtual-reality brains fears health-and-medicine post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd

Unique brain patterns fire off when you tie various knots

Once researchers figured out the brain's patterns for tying different knots, they could predict which knot study participants would tie before they started.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains learning science-and-technology imaging-technology

Scans suggest how stereotypes affect the brain

A group of Mexican American college students watched stigmatizing news clips that reinforced negative stereotypes. Here's how that affected their brains.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: brains stereotypes society-and-culture health-and-medicine college-students punishment stigma rewards race-and-ethnicity

Repeat head impacts may lead to depression later

Study participants with a history of repetitive head impacts and traumatic brain injury reported greater depression symptoms later than those who didn't.

Gina DiGravio-Boston • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: depression cognition memory brains athletes sports featured health-and-medicine football injuries

‘Barcode’ IDs special glial cells in the brain

"...this discovery could be of immense consequence for treating a myriad of brain conditions..."

Brian Clark-Brown • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease neurons als aging brains muscles health-and-medicine glial-cells neurodegenerative-diseases

Monkey focus may clarify multitasking

How long can monkeys split their focus? A new study puts them to the test to examine how brains handle multitasking.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention visual-perception brains monkeys science-and-technology

Nope, ‘mommy brain’ doesn’t sap attention

The idea of "mommy brain" affecting moms' attention and memory doesn't seem to hold up under testing.

Joseph Paul-Purdue • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention parents memory mothers brains science-and-technology

Pink cast reveals brain’s amazing ‘disuse pulses’

To see how mobility loss affects the brain, a neuroscientist wore a pink cast and spent lots of time in an MRI machine. Here are the findings.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: neurons brains disabilities featured health-and-medicine mobility imaging-science

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