With reading difficulties can come other cognitive strengths
Children who experience neglect, abuse and/or poverty can have smaller amygdalas and hippocampuses, brain regions involved in emotion and memory, compared with kids raised in nurturing environments...
I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota. But first, I had to—somewhat unexpectedly—accept some challenges presented by others...
The death of actor Robin Williams has raised questions about creativity, bipolar disorder and possible new treatments against profound despair
Of course, the media is writing a lot today about the link between mental illness and creativity in light of Robin Williams' suicide. Here's the thing: Williams' comedic genius was a result of many factors, including his compassion, playfulness, divergent thinking, imagination, intelligence, affective repertoire, and unique life experiences...
Mild electrical stimulation might help brain-damaged patients communicate
When I was kid, I remember my dad scolding my brother and me when one of us decided to hold the other one upside-down. In that position, he reasoned, we could fall on our head.
Creative people are better at rationalizing small ethical lapses that can spiral out of control
The neurons and blood vessels in your brain are usually tightly synchronized—but not always. Here's what can go wrong and how we can fix it
A simple exercise reveals how the ear’s vestibular system affects your vision.
Exercises, surgeries and pharmacological interventions can aid vertigo sufferers
On July 25, French film writer/director Luc Besson's action thriller Lucy opens in theaters nationwide. The premise is that the title character, played by Scarlett Johansson, is exposed to a drug that unlocks her mind, giving her superhuman powers of cognition...
Surgeons have implanted a new prosthesis in four patients to correct disabling dizziness. The device may someday restore balance to hundreds of thousands more
The news comes on the same day as a $650-million donation to expand psychiatric research
Common gene variants that have minor effects may contribute about half the risk of developing autism
Many studies have found that familiar songs enhance mood, relieve stress and reduce anxiety in patients with Alzheimer's, perhaps because musical memory is often spared even when a patient has declined to a low level of cognition...
A documentary captures people with dementia reconnecting to emotions and lost memories through music
In 2010, the National Institutes of Health held a conference to determine what measures, including behavioral steps like exercise and diet, could be taken to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s...
A long-term study reveals how the brain responds to a mild impact, and could guide future intervention
Experts say a $15-million trial to explore stem cells from cord blood for treating autism is premature