Humans and monkeys think more alike than we knew

Both monkeys and humans have a way of thinking that involves recursion, a process of arranging words, phrases, or symbols to convey complex ideas.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution language cognition monkeys featured science-and-technology

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

Stress screws up your ability to plan ahead

Stress affects the way you can draw on your memory. That can make planning ahead far more difficult, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
April 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cognition memory stress brains emotions health-and-medicine

Hearing aids may protect your thinking ability

Using a hearing aid could help people ward off cognitive decline or even help them improve their thinking, researchers find.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dementia cognition hearing aging sound featured health-and-medicine

To cut your dementia risk, grow old with an optimist?

An optimistic partner may stave off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive decline as you grow old together.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cognition aging optimism personality relationships couples featured health-and-medicine love

Can tiny doses of lithium treat Alzheimer’s disease?

Very low doses of lithium could potentially ease the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, new research in rats suggests.

Jason Clement-McGill • futurity
Jan. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease cognition memory featured health-and-medicine medications lithium

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 • futurity
Jan. 17, 2020 ~7 min

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

These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center • futurity
Jan. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution cognition lead-exposure pesticides childrens-health featured health-and-medicine methylmercury flame-retardants iq

Drugs that fight inflammation may reverse brain aging

When researchers gave mice drugs that fight brain inflammation, senile rodents showed fewer signs of cognitive decline and could better learn new things.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease inflammation cognition brains health-and-medicine medications seizures

Too little (or too much) water may affect older women’s cognition

For older women, too little hydration may affect cognitive performance. But too much can do the same.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
Dec. 23, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: attention cognition water brains older-adults health-and-medicine

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