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Persistent metabolic youth in the aging female brain

Sex differences influence brain morphology and physiology during both development and aging. Here we apply a machine learning algorithm to a multiparametric brain PET imaging dataset acquired in a cohort of 20- to 82-year-old, cognitively normal adults (n = 205) to define their metabolic … Continue reading

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How Income Affects the Brain

A new study links lower socioeconomic status to detrimental brain changes. We often attribute financial problems to bad life decisions: Why didn’t that person stay in college? Why didn’t they pick a more lucrative career? Why did they have so … Continue reading

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How Poverty Changes the Brain

You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal … Continue reading

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Power Causes Brain Damage

How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise. Lord David Owen—a British neurologist turned parliamentarian who served as the foreign secretary before becoming a baron—recounts both Howe’s story and Clementine Churchill’s in his … Continue reading

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Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more Creatively

The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an ‘out-of-the-box’ solution) and also in divergent thinking (when individuals have … Continue reading

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Depression speeds up Brain ageing

Psychologists at the University of Sussex have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages. Although scientists have previously reported that people with depression or anxiety have an increased risk of dementia … Continue reading

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Parents’ brain activity ‘echoes’ their Infant’s brain activity when they play together

When infants are playing with objects, their early attempts to pay attention to things are accompanied by bursts of high-frequency activity in their brain. But what happens when parents play together with them? New research, publishing December 13 in the … Continue reading

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Reading stories creates universal patterns in the brain

New research shows that when we hear stories, brain patterns appear that transcend culture and language. There may be a universal code that underlies making sense of narratives. Telling and listening to stories is a pastime that spans all cultures. … Continue reading

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How your brain predicts future events

Brains learn how to anticipate future occurrences from patterns. This process is called “anticipatory timing,” and it allows us to successfully interact with the world around us. How does it work? Anticipatory timing is, in part, what allows us to … Continue reading

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Feeling How Old I Am: Subjective Age Is Associated With Estimated Brain Age

While the aging process is a universal phenomenon, people perceive and experience one’s aging considerably differently. Subjective age (SA), referring to how individuals experience themselves as younger or older than their actual age, has been highlighted as an important predictor … Continue reading

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