Rewards improve visual learning, but only after sleep

Rewards can boost visual perceptual learning tasks but only after getting some quality shut-eye, new research shows.

Brown University | Jan. 20, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains learning rewards sleep vision

3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains cognition gaming inhibition memory mobile-devices

Large hippocampus, better memory? Not necessarily

The size of the brain's hippocampus doesn't always matter for memory in older adults. New research clarifies why.

Michigan State | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging brains memory

Teen brains are no match for fast food TV ads

Fast food advertisements on TV can prime teen brains to make unhealthy food choices, even when those ads are for salads and smoothies, new research shows.

Jared Wadley-Michigan | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine advertising brains food teenagers

Blue light can boost healing for mild brain injuries

Blue light early in the morning can aid the healing process for mild traumatic brain injury, potentially because it gets people on the right sleep schedule.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains circadian-rhythms light sleep traumatic-injury

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds brains learning memory motor-skills singing sleep

Missing brain protein can cause autism-like behaviors

A missing protein in the brain can cause behaviors that mimic autism, a new study shows.

Robin Lally-Rutgers | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease autism brains proteins

Smart molecule can seek-and-destroy glioblastoma

A new molecule, which patients could take orally, both attacks glioblastoma and destroys its defenses, which keeps the brain cancer from repairing itself.

Fabienne Landry-McGill | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cancer glioblastomas stem-cells

Total tumor removal may extend survival for patients with deadly glioma

Surgically removing the entire tumor may add years of survival for patients with brainstem high-grade gliomas, one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer.

Amy Mone-JHU | Jan. 9, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cancer gliomas surgery tumors

Don’t delay treatment after a concussion. Here’s why

Delaying treatment after suffering a concussion can mean a slower recovery, experts warn.

Rick Pietzak-Pittsburgh | Jan. 7, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine athletes brains concussions sports traumatic-injury

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