As the brain starts to develop new habits, activity in the dorsolateral striatum increases. As the activity bursts increase, the habit becomes stronger. Inhibiting neural activity with optogenetics reduces habit behaviors in mice.
Emmy Lymn discusses how yoga can provide benefits beyond just the physical, and how it can additionally leave a positive impact on the brain.
For the first time, an intervention – lifting weights – has been able to slow and even halt degeneration, over a long period, in brain areas particularly vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientific studies continue to show us how exercise can bring a range of cognitive benefits, from limiting the risk of Alzheimer’s to giving an immediate boost to our learning capabilities. Researchers working in this area at the University of South Australia have turned their attention to neuroplasticity, finding two styles of workout in particular that give this key brain function the biggest boost.
Being Patient spoke with Dr. Laura Lewis about her research into the effects of deep sleep on brain health and cleansing.
Altering microglia in rats helped enhance their performance in memory tasks by up to 50%. The findings could help to develop new therapies that enhance memory function and prevent cognitive decline in humans.
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There has long been a suspected link between neurological diseases and brain damage. Given the immediate symptoms of a head injury include several symptoms such as confusion and memory loss which are also observed in those affected by dementia, it does seem likely that the two share neurological underpinnings. Those who incur a head injury may exhibit such symptoms temporarily, or permanently, depending on the severity of the brain injury (Graff-Radford, 2019).
Now, research from the professional sports world may be helping to reveal and clarify the specific interactions between these two associated conditions.
A recent review found a link between yoga’s movements, meditation and breathing practices and an increase in the size of key brain areas.
A new analysis method shows the brain regulates its signals using glutamate in more ways than previously thought.