Life Lessons from Teenage "Brains" of the 1960s

The first Presidential Scholars, who received their award from Lyndon Johnson, are now bouncing their grandchildren on their arthritic knees and filing for their Social Security. They are also asking themselves, What lessons has life taught me? Educational researchers Felice Kaufmann and Dona Matthews asked them that same question.

The Molecular Architecture of Memory

A new model shows how the size, shape, and electrical attractions of an enzyme known to be important in memory formation perfectly matches the "skeletal framework" of nerve cells—the microtubules.This mechanism may help explain how memory proteins are formed and stored in the brain.

Nearly Two-Thirds of Children With ASD Have Been Bullied

The results of a survey on bullying among children with autism spectrum disorders will help guide policies and improvements in education, social services, and medical care.

Brain Architecture and Williams Syndrome

Brain mapping studies of rare syndromes can help us understand how genes affect both anatomy and behavior.

Can Brain Imaging Predict Who Will Suffer Cognitive Impairment?

Early detection of brain changes in the elderly may lead to better treatments—even prevention—of disorders like Alzheimer's disease.
The Placebo Effect: How It Works

The Placebo Effect: How It Works

The placebo effect is not deception, fluke, experimenter bias, or statistical anomaly. It is, instead, a product of expectation. The human brain anticipates outcomes, and anticipation produces those outcomes.

Beautiful Music: It's All in the Brain

Do old violins produce the best sound? French researchers put Stradivari to the test.

What Nematodes and Sea Slugs Tell Us about Our Brains

One way to study the human brain is to look at the brains of other animals. Nematodes and sea slugs can tell us a lot about how our senses work and how we learn. What we discover has many practical applications--from smoking cessation to the treatment of learning impairments.

The Solid Science of Autism

Autism spectrum disorder has attracted intense interest from the public and scientists over recent years. A new web page from Nature sorts fact from fiction with a collection of news and comment articles.

Do the Holidays Give You the Hiccups?

If too much holiday merriment is giving you the hiccups, you're not alone. Everyone gets the hiccups from time to time, but in exceedingly rare cases, a brain abnormality may induce hiccups that last for months, even years.

Why Do You Yawn When You're Not Sleepy?

Do brains, like computers, operate best when they're cool? Some evidence suggests that yawning may help regulate brain temperature and protect against overheating,

Is Light Keeping You Awake?

A lot of people question why they cannot sleep, but for neuroscientists, the more intriguing question may be why we ever wake up.

Put Your Cell Phone in Your Sock Drawer, Part III

Because children's heads, brains, and bones absorb more radiation from cell phones than adult models predict, some experts suggest that new methods of measuring and monitoring are long overdue.

A National Survey on Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Bullying, a pervasive problem among youth, has attracted the national spotlight in recent months because of the lasting, and sometimes tragic, effects on children and teenagers across the country. Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are believed to be especially vulnerable

Diagnosing Autism in Children with Down Syndrome

Data from a 16-year study confirm that standard methods can be used to identify autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children with Down syndrome.

You Brain Works Like a Radio

This week, UCLA neurophysicists report that there is an optimal brain "rhythm," or frequency, for changing synaptic strength. And further, like stations on a radio dial, each synapse is tuned to a different optimal frequency for learning.

Online Course Explores the Teenage Brain

This fall, Barbara Strauch, health and medicine editor for The New York Times, will teach an online course entitled "Exploring the Teenage Brain."

Understanding the Middle-Aged Brain

A live Webcast features New York Times health and medicine editor Barbara Strauch, whose recent book, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain, has struck a chord with adults everywhere who worry about their mental capacity.

A Little Known Eating Disorder Is on the Rise

Pica is eating something that is not food.

Can We Bully-proof Our Kids? Maybe, If We Can Help Them Manage Their Social Goals

Children with positive social goals handle bullies better.

Why Ice Cream Chases the Blues Away

A new brain imaging study reveals what emotional eaters have always known: fatty foods are as good at beating the blues as any antidepressant.

Does Meditation Change the Brain? Can It Slow Aging?

New research suggests that meditation changes the brain...or maybe meditators' brains are just different to begin with. Might meditation slow the aging process? It's possible.

Air Pollution Is Bad for Your Brain

New research from Ohio State University suggests that air pollution may cause learning and memory problems--even depression!

BioBolt: The Next Generation of Brain-Machine Interfaces

Someday a brain-computer interface like the University of Michigan's BioBolt may allow a paralyzed person to move just by thinking about moving.
Music Lessons: They're Not Just for Kids Anymore

Music Lessons: They're Not Just for Kids Anymore

Learning and playing music are good for the brain at any age. Musical training and performance improve working memory, perceptual speed, motor skills, hearing abilities, and auditory memory.

Social Defeat Changes Young Brains

In experiments with mice, "social defeat" changes brain chemistry. Does the same thing happen in people?

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones . . . But Words Will Cut Me Deeply

Verbal abuse can leave deep psychological scars, but teens need not suffer in silence.

New Survey Examines Pregnancy Factors and Autism

The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) is conducting a survey to examine possible associations between potential pregnancy- and birth-related factors and ASD (autism spectrum disorders).

Half of Children with Autism Wander into Danger

The Interactive Autism Network reports preliminary results from the first major survey on wandering among individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).