Neuroscience

Mind over matter: Amygdala circuit counteracts pain-driven emotion

Two pathways in the brain converging at the amygdala regulate the anxiety and depression that often accompanies chronic pain, suggests research in male rats published in JNeurosci. One of these pathways may represent a top-down ...

Neuroscience

Mind-bending drugs and devices—can they make us smarter?

Demand for drugs and devices that can enhance brain functions such as memory, creativity, attention and intelligence, is on the rise. But could the long-term side-effects outweigh the benefits of being "smarter"?

Medical research

Spinal cord stimulation relieves back pain without opioids

Doctors who treat patients suffering from back pain are exploring new approaches that help some patients avoid opioid drugs. The highly addictive prescription painkillers are fueling an epidemic of abuse and overdose deaths.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Zen meditation improves sense of touch

A study conducted with experienced scholars of zen meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms similar to physical training. Researchers at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University ...

Neuroscience

Device controls brain activity to maximize therapy

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are trying to help patients who have suffered a stroke to improve arm movement by stimulating the brain using a device called a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator ...

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