Cadmium, gene combo can speed up cognitive decline

Exposure to cadmium could speed up cognitive impairment, but it's even worse for people with a gene key to Alzheimer's disease.

Ashlie Chandler-Washington | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains cognition heavy-metals toxins

Why we blurt things out (and how to stop it)

New research explains why we blurt things out. "...it actually doesn't take very much stress at all before people will say something they might later regret."

U. Melbourne | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology cognition communication social-lives speech stress

You’re more likely to mess things up without enough sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with our 'placekeeping' ability, which makes us make more mistakes on tasks that have more than a few simple steps.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine attention cognition sleep

Changes at home make it easier for older folks to live alone

Social and physical changes in the home can help older adults live alone more easily and protect their cognition, researchers say.

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL | Nov. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging cognition disabilities housing older-adults seniors

What happens to the brain when jazz musicians improvise?

Jazz improvisation may get musicians into a flow state and improve cognitive flexibility, researchers report.

Jennifer Rainey Marquez-Georgia State | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology brains cognition music

More plants and less meat could cut brain risks later

Eating a diet that includes more plants and less meat when you're middle aged may delay or prevent cognitive impairment when you get older.

National University of Singapore | Nov. 15, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine aging cognition food meat plants

Your brain builds abstract concepts with 3 types of meaning

Researchers have found the regions of the brain that help us form and process abstract concepts like "ethics" and "freedom."

Carnegie Mellon-HCII | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology brains cognition language

Poverty, not war trauma, harms cognition in child refugees

The burden of household poverty, rather than trauma and violence, affects child refugees' working memory, researchers say.

Mike Cummings-Yale | Oct. 30, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture childrens-health cognition poverty refugees trauma war

Babies get counting words way before we thought

Babies may understand counting words far before they can actually count themselves.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology babies cognition mathematics numbers

Test for mild cognitive impairment according to sex?

Evaluating mild cognitive impairment, considered a precursor to dementia, by sex could potentially change who gets the diagnosis.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook | Oct. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cognition dementia medical-tests sexes

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