Nearly 90 years old, electroconvulsive therapy can rescue some people, but not others, from depression, bipolar and other mental disorders
Research presented at a Berlin psychiatric conference shows teenage cannabis use hastens onset of schizophrenia in vulnerable individuals
Sarin's lethality is well known, but the lingering effects on victims who don't succumb are less familiar
Experts call the technology a “significant achievement,” but critics say the risks may not be justified
To understand this election you must understand the brain’s threat detection mechanism
We gain most of our knowledge without any instruction. Now science is unraveling how our brain pulls off this everyday miracle
Maternal stress in the wake of the attacks might have led to selective miscarriage of male fetuses
Might a little-known cranial nerve be the route by which human pheromones turn us on?
Scientists have linked TV viewing to antisocial behavior, lowered verbal IQ and altered brain structure—but a new study raises questions
After surviving a series of benders, neural circuits get locked into a firing pattern that compels alcohol seeking
Congress members from both sides of the aisle are calling for a national strategy to confront the dementia “tsunami” but let’s be real about what to expect
Criticism of witnesses’ inaction reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the neuroscience of how the brain responds to sudden threats
Requiring medical researchers to test males and females in every experiment sounds reasonable, but it is a bad idea
I’ll never forget it. They strapped electrodes to my wrist, cranked up a black dial on a frightening electronic device encrusted with switches and knobs, and shocked me repeatedly with jolts of electricity.
San Diego—Would we have Poe’s Raven today if the tormented author had taken lithium to suppress his bipolar illness? Not likely, considering the high frequency of psychiatric illnesses among writers and artists, concluded psychiatrist Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins Medical School speaking last week at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.
Human beings are utterly dependent on a complex social structure for their survival. Since all behavior is controlled by the brain, human beings may have evolved specialized neural circuits that are responsible for compliance with society’s rules. A new study has identified such a region in the human brain, and researchers can increase or decrease [...]
Cognitive decline is among the most dreaded consequences of old age and disease. Few things undermine a person's ability, opportunities, and independence more than loss of mental function.
Study shows that intelligence derives from brain cells other than neurons White cell is human astrocyte with the unique long tendrils that penetrate multiple layers of grey matter (yellow arrowheads).
An attractive new method of deep-brain stimulation could solve that therapy's trickiest problems