How are Words and Movements Connected in the Brain?

Gestures and words are partly linked in our brains, according to a new study by SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste. Scientists are divided on the connection between linguistic and the motor systems. Some neuroscientists believe the two are highly tied together. In their view, for instance, in order to understand the…

Does Materialism Cause Loneliness?

When you get depressed do you go shopping? Loneliness can make you greedy and materialistic, but does it work the other way around? A researcher at Tilburg University in the Netherlands studied 2,500 consumers over 6 years and recently published a paper on the subject, so now we know the answer. “It is widely believed…

Implanting False Episodic Memories in Mice

Neuroscientists at MIT have shown that they can plant false memories in the brains of mice. False memory is something that has been well-documented. There have been many court cases where defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who were sure of their recollections, but DNA evidence later overturned the…

Brain Silk Implants May Help Stop Epilepsy Progression

Silk designed to release adenosine when implanted in the brain of lab rats may help stop the progression of epilepsy, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation says. Epilepsies are a cluster of neurological disorders associated with recurring seizures which have a propensity for becoming more frequent and severe over time. Adenosine…

How our Brains “Hear” Inner Speech

Most people hear themself speak even if they’re not saying words out loud. They could be reading the paper or thinking through their schedule for the day. This internal the monologue you “hear” inside your head is an ever-present but still unexamined phenomenon. A new study examines a possible brain mechanism that could explain how…

Neurodegenerative Diseases Hinge on Failure to Destroy Toxic Protein

Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s are all diseases that devastate the brain’s neurons, leaving entire areas to become weak and die. These neurodegenerative diseases are frequently associated with the buildup of toxic proteins that lead to neuronal death. As it turns out, it’s more complex than that. Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have now discovered that…

Angiogenesis Definition: What is Angiogenesis?

Angiogenesis is the physiological process through which new blood vessels form from pre-existing vessels. This is distinct from vasculogenesis, which is the de novo formation of endothelial cells from mesoderm cell precursors. The first vessels in the developing embryo form through vasculogenesis, after which angiogenesis is responsible for most, if not all, blood vessel growth…

Why Dulled Emotions Could Save You Money

Your feelings about something and the value you put on it are calculated similarly in a specific brain region, Duke University scientists have discovered. The region is a small area right between the eyes at the front of the brain. It’s called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, or vmPFC for short. Scott Huettel, director of Duke…