Anxiety and PTSD Linked to Increased Myelin in Brain’s Gray Matter

The results, reported by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and UC San Francisco (UCSF), provide a possible explanation for why some people are resilient and others vulnerable to traumatic stress, and for the varied symptoms—avoidance behavior, anxiety, and fear, for example—triggered by the memory of such stress. If, as the researchers suspect, extreme…

Doesn’t an Excessive Intake of Simple Sugar Affect Higher Brain Function?

There has been a remarkable increase in intake of simple sugar (sucrose, isomerized sugar (corn syrup) from beverages and diets in modern society. The intake of simple sugars in adolescents, in whom mental disorders frequently occur, is higher than in any other generation. Moreover, patients with mental disorders consume approximately 2-fold more sugar than age-matched…

COVID Protein Interacts With Parkinson’s Protein, Promotes Amyloid Formation

Case reports of relatively young COVID-19 patients who developed Parkinson’s disease within weeks of contracting the virus have led scientists to wonder if there could be a link between the two conditions. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Chemical Neuroscience have shown that, at least in the test tube, the SARS-CoV-2 N-protein interacts with a neuronal protein called…

People Synchronize Heart Rates While Listening Attentively to Stories

People often unconsciously synchronize bodily functions like heartbeat and breathing when they share an experience, such as a live performance or have a personal conversation. According to a new study, subjects’ heart rates synchronize even if they are just listening to a story by themselves, and this synchronization only occurs when the subjects are paying…

Neural Network Models of the Future – The Key to Unlocking How Our Brain Works

Neuroscience is a field most obviously associated with medicine and/or psychology. However, my background in physics and computer science enables me to explore, and further understand, how the brain computes and stores information, identifying the underlying physical mechanisms and the interplay between them. My longstanding work with Professor Friedemann Pulvermüller from the Freie Universität Berlin…

New Technique to Help Manage Mood Swings Within Bipolar Disorder

Researchers have conducted a new trial to identify how an existing psychological therapy can be adapted to help people cope with and manage frequent Bipolar mood swings. A subgroup of those with Bipolar Spectrum Disorders experience ongoing mood fluctuations outside of full episodes. These shifts in mood can sometimes make it difficult to live life…

Fruit Compound May Have Potential to Prevent and Treat Parkinson’s Disease

The compound, used in flavorings and perfume-making, can prevent the loss of neurons that produce dopamine in the brains of mice by deactivating PARIS, a key protein involved in the disease’s progression. Loss of such neurons affects movement and cognition, leading to hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as tremors, muscle rigidity, confusion and dementia….