Study identifies a short gene segment crucial for brain development and information processing. The absence of the gene segment induces altered social behaviors, learning difficulties, and memory deficits, which are hallmarks of a subset of ASD.
Study reveals caffeine may be a useful tool to study information and cognitive processing.
Tenacity, a newly developed video game that promotes mindfulness, alters connectivity between the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the inferior parietal cortex. These areas of the brain are critical for attention. After playing the game for a short period, participants reported improvements in attention.
To accurately perceive another person, your neural representation of that person has to match the pattern in the persons' brain when they think about themselves.
The human brain acts like an indexing system to help compose the meaning of abstract concepts.
Entropy during consciousness is higher than during unconscious states.
Combining neuroimaging and a constructed virtual reality town, researchers found the brain uses three different systems to perceive environment. One system allows us to recognize a place, another helps navigate through that location, and the third helps navigate from one place to another. The parahippocampal place area (PPA) helps encode location recognition, while the retrosplenial complex allows for mentally mapping the locations of specific places.
Criticality in the brain was linked to inhibitory neurons imposing and organizing the computational dynamics.
Propranolol, a common 'beta-blocker' drug used to control blood pressure, could be a promising new treatment for those on the autism spectrum. The medication improved cognitive performance and positively altered the frontal-parietal control network, an area of the brain associated with word and information processing, in those with ASD.