Turning Thoughts into Spoken Words

March 6, 2019

Technology to translate thoughts into speech would help patients who cannot speak regain their ability to communicate. Three studies describe efforts towards such brain-computer interfaces.

Harnessing Imagination to Calm Fears

February 27, 2019

“We know that imagery and visualization techniques can be helpful but this really is the first step to understanding why scientifically,” says researcher Tor Wager.

Following the Threads: The Link Between Childhood Trauma and Psychosis

February 13, 2019

“All types of abuse, irrespective of their nature, were associated with a higher risk for psychosis,” says one researcher, and the more types of abuse that a child experiences, the higher the risk.

Finding Links Between Microbes and Alzheimer’s Disease

February 6, 2019

Evidence is growing that microbes, especially viruses, have a connection to Alzheimer’s pathology, but it’s still not clear what is cause and what effect.

A Patient’s Choice in Treatment Affects PTSD Outcomes

January 30, 2019

Patients who were given their treatment of choice stayed in the program longer and showed fewer symptoms at the end of one study than those randomly assigned to treatment that they did not prefer.

A Link Between Sense of Smell and Spatial Memory

January 9, 2019

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it disrupts both navigation and olfaction; scientists are starting to tease out why, which might help them find an early-indicator test for people at risk before these systems start to break down.

Using Neuroscience Evidence to Argue Against Solitary Confinement

January 3, 2019

From scathing reports to court cases, advocates at a Society for Neuroscience meeting describe their efforts to end the mentally harmful practice of confining people.

Seeing Through the Haze of Cannabis Research on Epilepsy

December 5, 2018

Over thousands of years, tales about using cannabis to treat epilepsy accumulated. The FDA recently approved a solution containing cannabidiol, an ingredient of cannabis, for treating childhood epilepsy. But does cannabidiol live up to expectations?

Anxiety’s Ties to Dementia

November 14, 2018

While it’s not clear if it is a cause or an effect, anxiety appears closely linked to circuits affected in Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The Art of Discovering New Brain Cells

October 30, 2018

Researchers identify new types of cells by looking at the brain through sharper lenses, searching vast gene expression databases, and crowd-sourcing visual analyses.

Robots for ASD Therapy? Maybe as Partners

October 3, 2018

Researchers test machine learning and social gaming to find new ways to help children on the autism spectrum focus and learn skills to connect with other people. “The most promising findings are not with the robot as therapist, but as co-therapist,” says one scientist.

The End Comes as a Wave

September 26, 2018

Starved of oxygen, neurons lose their proper electrical charge when we die and a wave of electrochemical energy spreads through the brain. Researchers in Berlin and Cincinnati have, for the first time, recorded such brain tsunamis in dying patients, and also in patients with survivable brain damage, such as brain hemorrhages, suggesting that doctors look for this pattern and act quickly when they see it to save endangered neurons.

Predicting Suicides—Beyond STARRS

September 10, 2018

After the Army successfully trained a computer program to find people in their health databases who were at serious risk of self-harm, the Veterans Administration did it service-wide. Could civilian healthcare providers do the same?


Advances in Biomarkers: Using Machine Learning to Develop a Test for Autism

September 5, 2018

Studies that use an algorithm to successfully predict if a child has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on metabolites in a blood sample have been replicated in small samples.

What is ‘Well’?

August 28, 2018

Are we using the right standards when judging whether a psychiatric intervention, such as deep brain stimulation, is working, asked neurologist Helen Mayberg during the EDAB Special Lecture on Neuroethics during the recent FENS Forum. 

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