Tag Archives: Brain

Exposure to Postpartum Depression Leads to Changes in Children’s Brain Development

Neuroimaging studies over the last few years have demonstrated that exposure to maternal depression can lead to changes in the architecture of the child’s brain, changes which may persist into adulthood and are associated with disruptions in cognitive development.  Less clear is how the timing of exposure may modulate the effects of maternal depression on… Read More »

Medical News Today: Lack of motivation: Does inflammation alter brain systems?

Researchers from Emory University examine new evidence about how low-grade inflammation could impact a person’s level of motivation. This may also have implications for the treatment of some cases of depression. Researchers are taking a closer look at evidence directly connecting inflammation with a lack of motivation. The idea that depression or symptoms of depression… Read More »

Brain-Machine Interface Can Create Synthetic Speech Based on Brain Activity

Researchers at UC San Francisco have a developed a brain-machine interface that may allow speech-impaired patients to “speak” through the device. The researchers have described the system as a stepping stone to neural speech prostheses. The system monitors the brain activity of a user and then converts this to natural sounding speech using a virtual… Read More »

Chinese scientists give monkeys human brain genes in ‘morally risky’ experiment

Their brains may not be bigger than normal, but monkeys created with human brain genes are exhibiting cognitive changes that suggest they might be smarter — and the experiments have ethicists shuddering. In the wake of the genetically modified human babies scandal, Chinese scientists are drawing fresh condemnation from philosophers and ethicists, this time over… Read More »