Having trouble paying attention? MIT neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by controlling their own alpha brain waves based on neurofeedback they receive as they perform a particular task. The study[1] found that when subjects… Read more

Purkinje cells, the primary output neurons in the cerebellum, have the ability to modulate and filter incoming signals, according to research from Kyoto University[1]. The findings shed new light on learning mechanisms of both the cerebellum and the brain. The cerebellum is a structure located at the base of the brain, and is known to… Read more

Structural differences in the brains of children whose parents have depression have been uncovered in the largest brain imaging study of children ever conducted in the United States[1]. Researchers analyzed brain images from over 7,000 children participating in the Adolescent Brain Cognitive development (ABCD) study, led by the NIH. About one-third of the children were… Read more

Reading in the presence of a canine friend may be the page-turning motivation young children need, research from the University Of British Columbia suggests. “Our study focused on whether a child would be motivated to continue reading longer and persevere through moderately challenging passages when they are accompanied by a dog,” said Camille Rousseau, a… Read more

Chaperone proteins in human cells cooperate dynamically with α-Synuclein, a protein strongly associated with Parkinson’s disease. A disrupted relationship to these “bodyguards” leads to cell damage and the formation of Lewy bodies typical for Parkinson’s, researchers from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum report. The assisting proteins, known as chaperones, are constantly protecting α-Synuclein in human… Read more