Children who learn to play musical instruments have an edge over their non-musical peers when it comes to learning, memory, and attention. Those who learn musical instruments showed greater activity in the inferior frontal gyrus and the supramarginal gyrus, which are parts of the "phonological loop". The phonological loop is associated with working memory involved in auditory processing. Researchers say learning an instrument also has positive implications on creativity and quality of life overall for children.
Transcranial focused ultrasound (tFUS) can help elevate mood and decrease activity in brain networks associated with psychiatric disorders when directed at the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex.
When people listen to music, the neural tracking of the frontal lobe lags behind the temporal lobe, but during music recall, the frontal lobe precedes that of the temporal lobe. The findings demonstrate bottom-up and top-down processes in the cerebral cortex during music listening and recall. The study provides important insights into how the human brain processes music.
Mothers who reported higher levels of parental stress had less synchrony in brain activity with their young children than moms who were more stress-free. The findings shed new light on how parental stress can impact the mother-child relationship on a day-to-day basis.
Structural and functional alterations in the cognitive control network contribute to individual variability in memory performance during aging.
A new neuroimaging study provides an insight into the neurobiology of those willing to commit terrorist acts. Researchers consider the psychological and social factors which also contribute to radicalization, and discuss how inclusive societies could help in the fight against political violence.
Exercise is associated with improved brain function and a decrease in cerebral blood flow in older people with mild cognitive impairment, a new study reports.
Researchers report personality traits and psychological health impact how we value personal control when making decisions. The study reports brain activity in the motivation system is dampened in those with passive personalities and depression when we receive rewards that we have earned or feel in personal control of situations.
A new neuroimaging study reveals the brains of teenage girls who self harm show similar features to adults with borderline personality disorder.
A new computational model sheds light on how personal brain structure can influence our cognitive performance on language based tasks.
Researchers report the brain controls speech production in a similar manner to how it controls the production of arm and hand movements. The findings could help to build better speech decoders for BMI, helping those who are unable to speak to find their voice.