Hearing / Deafness Neurology / Neuroscience

Human brains have evolved to ‘prefer’ music and speech

What makes humans so different from other primates? Though our brains are similar, it seems that they react differently to various stimuli. New evidence suggests that human brains “listen” for musical pitch, a preference that scientists have not detected in monkeys. Human brains have a particular ‘bias’ for music and speech, a new study shows. […]

Multiple Sclerosis Neurology / Neuroscience

What to know about neuralgia

Neuralgia refers to severe, shooting pain that occurs due to a damaged or irritated nerve. Neuralgia can affect any part of the body, causing mild to severe pain. Certain medications and surgical procedures can effectively treat neuralgia. Severe neuralgia can interfere with a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and may impact their quality of […]

Cancer / Oncology Neurology / Neuroscience

How a parasitic fish could help us fight brain cancer and stroke

Researchers turn to an ancient species of fish in a bid to find a better way of delivering therapeutic drugs into the brain to treat conditions and events ranging from cancer to stroke. Lampreys (pictured above) may help boost brain therapies.Image credit: T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission Lampreys are one of the oldest surviving […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

What to know about EEG tests

An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is a test that helps doctors diagnose problems with the brain’s electrical activity, such as seizures. An EEG test uses a special cap with electrodes to detect the electrical activity of the brain. The EEG test is one of the best diagnostic tools for epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Doctors may […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

How Pokémon characters can help us understand the brain

Researchers from Stanford University in California have found that extensive exposure to video games, such as Pokémon, during childhood activates certain regions of the brain. A recent study used Pokémon to inform neuroscience. Pokémon is a media franchise that dates back to 1995. It involves fictional creatures called “Pokémon.” Players have to catch and train […]

Neurology / Neuroscience

Stimulating brain with ultrasound can influence decisions

A noninvasive, low-intensity ultrasound method that targets nerve cells, or neurons, can alter brain function to influence decision-making. New research shows how a brain area called the anterior cingulate cortex controls a type of reasoning known as counterfactual thinking. Scientists have demonstrated the technique in a recent study, in which they disrupted “counterfactual thinking” in […]