Tag Archives: Brain

How a 6-year-old had half his brain removed and recovered in 3 months

David Eagleman’s book Livewired explores neuroplasticity, the brain’s superpower, which lets it reshape after extreme surgery and adapt to losing a sense Health 23 September 2020 By Clare Wilson Our brains can remake themselves to adapt to changing circumstancesAndriy Onufriyenko/Getty Images Book Livewired: The inside story of the ever-changing brain David Eagleman Canongate Books IMAGINE… Read More »

Lots of deep sleep can delay onset of dementia because brain ‘washes itself’

Getting a good night’s sleep can delay the onset of dementia later in life, scientists have discovered. How people slumber can be used as a “crystal ball” to predict if they will be hit by Alzheimer’s disease in the future, according to the researchers. Plenty of deep sleep was found to best delay the onset… Read More »

Unlocking the mysteries of the brain

Researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital and Université de Montréal have made a major discovery in understanding the mechanisms underlying learning and memory formation. The results of their study are presented today in Nature Communications. Led by Professor Roberto Araya, the team studied the function and morphological transformation of dendritic spines, tiny protrusions located on the… Read More »

Obesity and Brain Shrinkage

Carrying excessive weight is bad for your heart, increases your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, and might decrease your lifespan. But did you ever think that obesity could shrink your brain? Probably not, but according to new research, it may do just that—and potentially reduce your cognitive abilities as you get older. The study,… Read More »

Brain plasticity in drug addiction: Burden and benefit

The human brain is the most complex organ in our body, and is characterized by a unique ability called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to our brain’s ability to change and adapt in its structural and functional levels in response to experience. Neuroplasticity makes it possible for us to learn new languages, solve complex mathematical problems, acquire… Read More »