Tag: brain science

Weekend Links

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: Want to build a dragon? Science is here for you – If someone were to create a dragon, how would it get its flame? Nature, it seems, has all the parts a dragon needs to set the world ...

Researchers and Clinicians Revolutionize Prevention Efforts for Brain Disease

What if you had a strong family history of Alzheimer’s disease, but weren’t currently showing any symptoms? What could you do to stave off the cognitive decline and loss of memory associated with this devastating disease? A team of researchers and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital wants to be your resource in situations like these. ...

More Than Just a Pastime: How Video Games Change Your Brain

Editor’s Note: This summer we have two communications interns working with us to write stories about research at the hospital and their experiences being part of the hospital community. This is a post by our intern Shika Lakshman, a student at Emerson College . Video games. We all play them, whether it’s Candy Crush on the ...

The Science Behind my Compulsion to Shop – and How to Become a Smarter Spender

Editor’s Note: This summer we have two communications interns working with us to write stories about research at the hospital and their experiences being part of the hospital community. This is a post by our intern Catherine Iannucci, a student at Emerson College . My name is Catherine, and I am a compulsive buyer. As a ...

Both Patients and Researchers Have a Role to Play in Preserving Brain Function

Reposted from the Mass General Giving Website Brain health is key to living a long and happy life. Too many Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and other brain conditions that rob them of their memories, their independence and their lives. In fact, 1 of every 3 seniors dies due to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. ...

More Than Meets the Eye: Researchers Find Eye Contact Causes Stress and Overactivation in the Brains of Autistic Individuals

They say that eyes are the windows to the soul, but for individuals with autism, a lack of eye contact can reveal much more. A team of investigators based at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital has shed light on why those with autism often avoid looking others in the eyes. ...

Eve Valera points to brains scans on her computer monitor in her office

Helping the Hidden Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

What comes to mind when you think of someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? An athlete who plays a contact sport such as football or hockey, perhaps? Someone who has served in the military? The victim of a car accident? While it’s certainly true that these are likely candidates for TBIs, one ...

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Study Suggests How “Super Aging” Older Adults Retain Youthful Memory Abilities

Some loss of memory is often considered an inevitable part of aging, but new research reveals how some people appear to escape that fate. A study by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators examines a remarkable group of older adults whose memory performance is equivalent to that of younger individuals and finds that certain key areas of their brains resemble those ...

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Why A Cluttered Mind is Bad for Creativity

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Dr. Moshe Bar explains why a clear mind is vital for innovative thinking in a recent New York Times opinion piece. “We found that a high mental load consistently diminished the originality and creativity of the response: Participants with seven digits to recall resorted to the most statistically common responses (e.g., white/black), whereas participants with ...