Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Exercise-Linked Irisin May Protect Against Neurodegeneration

Source: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock The recent study by first author Mychael Lourenco et al., “ Exercise-Linked FNDC5/Irisin Rescues Synaptic Plasticity and Memory Defects in Alzheimer’s Models ,” adds to a growing body of evidence that exercise-induced irisin may protect against neurodegeneration and boost memory in both humans and mice.

Rachael Finch shares her controversial feelings about childbirth

Rachael Finch shares her controversial feelings about childbirth

This week on the Juggling Act podcast, we're joined by mum of two Rachael Finch, who tells us about her unusual feelings about childbirth… What's that? SHOW NOTES Your hosts are Mel Wilson and Cassie Hamer and our huge thanks to Rachael Finch and Naomi Stalenberg.

The Neuroscience of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and Rocking Adult Beds

The Neuroscience of "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and Rocking Adult Beds

The gentle and continuous rocking motion of the bed used by sleep researchers at the University of Geneva helped to synchronize neural activity between thalamo-cortical networks of the brain, which the researchers believe play an important role in boosting memory consolidation.

Are Big Dogs Smarter Than Small Dogs?

Are Big Dogs Smarter Than Small Dogs?

However one measure that they obtained is definitely a component of mental ability that is often tested by researchers interested in canine intelligence, and that is "delayed memory". When they did so the data confirmed that larger brain sizes in dogs are associated with better cognitive performance.

Why Is That Your Favorite Song?

Why Is That Your Favorite Song?

Another school of thought is that there are songs that become favorites not so much for the musical structure or lyrics that generate a specific emotion, but rather for what that song represents in our memory.

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Understanding the Connection Between Sleep and Anxiety

Source: Pexels royalty free Research findings suggesting that sleep loss and anxiety are closely linked were among those presented at Neuroscience 2018 , the annual conference of the Society for Neuroscience held in San Diego, California.

Walk Backward to Better Memory

Walk Backward to Better Memory

Between the presentation and test, the participants engaged in one of three different activities designed to measure the effect of backward motion, forward motion, or no motion on their ability to answer questions about the video or recall the words and pictures.

Does Diabetes Damage Brain Health?

Does Diabetes Damage Brain Health?

"Although memory and executive function [thinking and planning skills] declined at a greater rate in people with type 2 diabetes, this was not explained by a decline in brain volume," said study author Michele Callisaya, a research fellow at the University of Tasmania.

Music, Fiction, and the Neuroscience of Active Forgetting

Music, Fiction, and the Neuroscience of Active Forgetting

Anecdotally, this is an example of how music may help with both remembering the "good old days" and the active forgetting of early-life adversity.

‘I told my parents how I died'

‘I told my parents how I died'

According to Rose, the majority of us have thousands of past lives, but only those who feel unresolved will come back to us. Rose assured me that there’s nothing to be afraid of, and by no longer seeing this past life likely meant that they now feel resolved.

People Know an Average of 5,000 Faces

People Know an Average of 5,000 Faces

Identifying how many faces people recognize—and how those faces become familiar—is relevant for understanding deficits of face perception, says Wilma Bainbridge, a post-doctoral researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health who studies the perception and memorability of images.

How Our Genomes Shape Psychiatric Symptoms

How Our Genomes Shape Psychiatric Symptoms

As I discuss in my book, Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain,[1] one theory holds that there are four pairs of genetically determined temperamental elements: internalizer- externalizer, introversion-extroversion, active-passive, and participant-observer.

How to pick the best pillow, depending on your sleep position

How to pick the best pillow, depending on your sleep position

The best-selling contoured pillow on Amazon, from Cr sleep, features a washable jersey fabric cover over gel-infused memory foam. The best-selling medium-firm pillow on Amazon, from Live & Sleep, provides support through a CertiPUR-certified memory foam interior that caves a bit under pressure.