cognitive science

Everything we sense in our external and internal worlds has a distinct subjective quality. A blasting outburst of rage feels different than a lover’s tender kiss on the cheek. Even routine acts such as reading a book or trying to recall a childhood friend’s name feel remarkably different. These and countless other feelings fill the… Read more

Holistic thinkers all have similar brain responses to the scene, whereas analytical thinkers respond differently to each other, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of people watching the same clip from a dramatic film show. Researchers from Aalto University showed volunteers the film My Sister’s Keeper on a screen while the research subjects were monitored in… Read more

Imagine a herd of deer grazing in the forest. Suddenly, a twig snaps nearby, and they look up from the grass. The thought of food is forgotten, and the animals are primed to respond to any threat that might appear. MIT neuroscientists have now discovered a circuit that they believe controls the diversion of attention… Read more

Certain cognitive training exercises can help reduce depression and improve brain health in individuals years after they have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows. The study results showed significant reductions in the severity of depressive symptoms, increased ability to regulate… Read more

Significant reduction in the severity and duration of gait freezing in Parkinson’s patients is being reported by a team of researchers who applied a combination of cognitive training and dopaminergic medication. Cognitive processing speed improvement and reduced daytime sleepiness were also seen. Freezing of gait (FoG) is a disabling symptom of Parkinson’s Disease, characterized by… Read more