Using exercise programs that help boost motor skills can help reduce problems with impulse control and aid cognitive development in children born preterm.
Frequent caffeine consumption reduces gray matter volume in areas of the right medial temporal lobe, including the hippocampus. Ten days of "caffeine abstinence" helps regenerate gray matter.
Study implicates the mps-2 gene in the formation of long-term memory.
The NTRK2 gene has been implicated in resilience to developing PTSD following psychologically traumatic events. Previous studies outlined the role NTRK2 plays in memory formation. Those with increased regulation of the gene developed fewer traumatic memories following traumatic experiences.
Researchers have uncovered a link between the Nlgn3 gene and the oxytocin signaling pathway in mouse models of ASD. Nlgn3 disrupts the oxytocin signaling pathway in neurons in the reward system, consequentially resulting in reduced social interactions in mice.
Laughing and smiling more might help to buffer against the effects of stress, researchers report.
Strength training may negatively impact endurance muscles. BDNF, which is increased during strength training and helps strength muscles to develop, decreases endurance muscle fibers.
Study identifies a population of neurons in an area of the midbrain, called the red nucleus, that alter when fine motor skills are learned. The more an action is practiced, the stronger the connections between these neurons become.