Advances in Autism Treatment: Two Experts Speak

Two experts videocast new advances in autism research.

Wandering Behavior in Children with ASDs

Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), with support from leading autism advocacy groups, launched the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and escaping without permission among individuals with ASD.

Lost Love Hurts...Literally!

You burn your hand. Ouch! That hurts! So does the breakup of a romantic relationship--but that's a different kind of pain. Right? Wrong! Social rejection stimulates increased activity in the same regions of the brain as does physical pain. As far as neurons know, a psychological hurt is no different from a physical one.

Put Your Cell Phone in Your Sock Drawer, Part II

Carrying a cell phone on the hip reduces hipbone density.

Chemists in the Kitchen

The science of molecular gastronomy promises our brains some exciting new taste sensations.

Save Your Brain: Put Your Cell Phone in Your Sock Drawer

New research from the National Institutes of Health shows that radiation from cell phones increases glucose metabolism in localized aeas of the brain. 
Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To

Sleep Helps Us Remember What We Need To

After a good night's sleep, we remember information better when we know it will be useful in the future. 

Microglia: A Standing Ovation, Please!

Neurons often get all the applause, but it's the humble glial cells that are delivering a star performance.

Does Your Child Have Autism? Don't Wait! Start Education Early!

Researchers show that early intervention can improve the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in two-year-olds. 

New Help for Anosmia Sufferers

 If you are one of the millions affected by a loss of smell (whether you know it or not), you may interested in a new book from the American Academy of Neurology.

Autism and Handwriting: Part 2

 New research suggests that adolescents with autism spectrum disorders can use their perceptual reasoning skills to compensate for motor deficits.

Gambling: Does It Turn People into Pigeons?

Psychology professor Thomas Zentall studied some pigeon gamblers and came up with some intriguing insights into human gamblers.

Wake Up and Smell the Asparagus!

Smelling (or not smelling) asparagus in urine reveals some important differences among people's metabolism and olfactory senses.

Prevent Childhood Obesity: Put Your Kids to Bed Early

Why is an epidemic of childhood and adolescent obesity sweeping the United States? At least part of the answer may lie in the simple process of sleep. Our kids are getting too little of it.

The Brain's Language Processing in Williams Syndrome and Autism

Neuroscientists are studying the brains of individuals with Williams syndrome and autism in hopes of understanding not only the syndromes, but also the structure and development of the normal brain.

Your Appetite Reveals How Your Brain Works

 Your Appetite Reveals How Your Brain WorksDo you eat when you're not hungry or eat more than you know is good for you? Do you crave some foods and not others? The answers to those questions lie in more fundamental questions about how the brain is organized.

Teens Who Hurt Themselves

 A student who cuts herself is every teacher's nightmare. I lived that nightmare.

Expecting the Unexpected? You Probably Won't Notice When It Happens

 We see what we are looking for--not what's really there. We suffer from "inattentional blindness," which is the failure to see something obvious when focusing attention on something else.

Dream Your Way to the Dean's List: Sleep Promotes Learning

 Don't stay up all night cramming for the test. Dream your way to the dean's list!

Swimmers, Shaving, and Proprioception

Does changing sensory input alter motor output in swimmers? Coach Don Megerle thinks it does. He wants to know how.

Does a Rose Smell Sweet? Ask an eNose.

 We are born with a predilection for odors we judge as pleasant.  It's so easy, even a machine can do it.

I Hit My Head and I Can't Smell a Thing

I Hit My Head and I Can't Smell a Thing. Many of us have lost our sense of smell and don't know it. Are you one of them?

Down the Rabbit Hole: Nanoscience Meets Neuroscience

Nanoscience stands on the threshold of radically and fundamentally transforming science, technology, and society." In what direction will nanoscience head? Neuroscience provides some answers.

Get Smart: Take a Nap and You'll Learn Better

New evidence suggests that naps do more than refresh the mind. They can actually make us smarter!

Infant Brains Are Hardwired for Language

Studies suggest that babies learn to recognize their native language while still in the womb. Babies whose mothers speak two languages during pregnancy appear "hardwired" for bilingualism at birth.

Diet Soda or Sugar-Sweet? Your Brain Has a Mind of Its Own

You may think that your diet soda tastes the same (maybe even better) than the sugar-sweetened variety, but your brain has a mind of its own when it comes to recognizing and discriminating calories.

Music Therapy for Tinnitus

Fifty million Americans complain of an annoying "ringing in the ears." Some 1-2 million of us have tinnitus so severe that it interferes with our daily lives. Now German researchers suggest that tailor-made music therapy may provide relief. The secret lies not in the ears, but in the brain.

Depression and Anhedonia

 A new study reveals how a failure of the brain's reward circuits brings on the anhedonia of depression.

Autism: Lessons from One Mother's Story

The mother of an autistic child sends a message to all professionals. Put aside your own concerns and put the child first.