Biomedical technology

Mapping complex variability onto intricate virtual models

Anybody who has ever seen a picture of a brain knows that it's not a simple smooth oval; it's more like a tangle of fat worms. But when researchers seek to predict and understand its physical and electrical behavior, they ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Neuromodulation advances offer promise for treating depression

A new review study looking at the current state of neuromodulation therapies being used to treat depression, including rTMS, ECT and others, is available online today in the December issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Neuroscience

Brain stimulation could help you decide when to give up

New methods of brain stimulation are being tested to see whether they can be used to enhance cognitive behavior. In this study, researchers from Japan have found that stimulation at specific frequencies can modulate thought ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Magnetic stimulation of the brain can improve episodic memory

Memories of past events and experiences are what define us as who we are, and yet the ability to form these episodic memories declines with age, certain dementias, and brain injury. However, a study publishing in the open ...

Neuroscience

Opioids provide low evidence of pain relief for migraine

Evidence that opioids provide pain relief for migraine headaches is low or insufficient, a large Mayo Clinic meta-analysis published recently in JAMA has found. However, some newer therapies, along with established migraine ...

Addiction

Non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking

A new systematic review of randomized controlled trials has found evidence that non-invasive brain stimulation may reduce smoking frequency (number of cigarettes per day) in nicotine-dependent smokers. 

Neuroscience

Moral disgust leaves us with a 'bad taste'

When we witness behaviors that violate shared moral norms, our brain inhibits the neurons that control our tongue movements—just as it does when something tastes bad. An international research group led by the Universities ...

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