Brain & Behavior

To win online debates, social networks worth a thousand words

Want to win an argument online? Bolstering your social network may be more helpful than rehearsing your rhetorical flourishes. According to Cornell researchers, social interactions...

Ragweed compounds could protect nerve cells from Alzheimer’s

As spring arrives in the northern hemisphere, many people are cursing ragweed, a primary culprit in seasonal allergies. But scientists might have discovered a...

How our current thinking can sway our memories of love

As our memories fade, we rely on our current assessment of a person to remember how we felt about them in the past, and...

Regular crosswords and number puzzles linked to sharper brain in later life

Older adults who regularly take part in word and number puzzles have sharper brains, according to the largest online study to date. The more regularly...
Young adult-born neurons in the hippocampus (pink) surrounded by mature cells (blue). Image courtesy of René Hen/Columbia University.

Though Few in Number, Young Neurons Have Big Impact

Though few in number, neurons that are created in the brain during adulthood—through a process called neurogenesis—have an outsized impact on mood and memory...

Biomarker reveals PTSD sufferers at risk of suicide

The risk of suicide among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much higher than the general population, but identifying those individuals at greatest...

Whole grain can contribute to health by changing intestinal serotonin production

Adults consuming whole grain rye have lower plasma serotonin levels than people eating low-fibre wheat bread, according to a recent study by the University...

Prince Charming’s kiss unlocking brain’s regenerative potential?

The human body has powerful healing abilities. But treating brain disorders is no easy task, as brain cells -- neurons -- have limited ability...

Cognitive enhancers to boost abilities at work considered acceptable by the public

The general public largely views the use of cognitive enhancers such as Adderall as an acceptable practice when used by adults in the workplace,...

Scientists find link between digital media use and depression in Chinese adolescents

Adolescents in China who either spend more time on screen activities, such as watching TV or surfing the Web, or less time on non-screen...

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