Vitamin D Supplments Prevent Autism In Mice

Vitamin D Supplments Prevent Autism In Mice

The offspring of mice given vitamin D supplements early in pregnancy have reduced autism-like symptoms. The discovery adds to evidence that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy, and possibly early in life, is a contributing factor to autism spectrum disorder. Professor Darryl Eyles of the University of Queensland has spent years studying the effect of vitamin…

Scientists Just Replicated The Infamous Milgram Experiment

Scientists Just Replicated The Infamous Milgram Experiment

If you’re even a little bit interested in scientific experimentation, you’ve probably heard of the Milgram experiment. Well, as it so happens, the results of the original experiment still apply today, with 90 percent of the participants of a new study willing to “electrocute” an innocent person just because they were told to do so….

Can Magnetic Stimulation Help Alzheimer's Patients Think Clearly

Can Magnetic Stimulation Help Alzheimer's Patients Think Clearly

A trial of the use of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for people with Alzheimer’s disease has started well, and the researchers are seeking more participants. TMS involves the use of powerful magnets outside the skull to produce electric currents within the brain. It has been used successfully for conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease, and…

Humans Can Solve This Chess Puzzle, But A Supercomputer Can't

Humans Can Solve This Chess Puzzle, But A Supercomputer Can't

They can kick our ass at games of Go, poker, and (most of the time) chess. But there are one or two occasions where artificial intelligence can never match up to human intelligence. The world-renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose has drawn up a chess puzzle to demonstrate just that. The puzzle also highlights the…

Could Brain Scans and AI Reveal The Mindset Of A Suspected Criminal?

Could Brain Scans and AI Reveal The Mindset Of A Suspected Criminal?

A judge and jury can never truly get into the mind of a suspected criminal. So it’s distinctly hard to tell if a crime is committed either out of recklessness, carelessness, passion, or cold-hearted intent. But, neuroscientists now believe that it could be possible to “mind read” suspects using biomedical imaging and machine-learning data analysis….

More Evidence Links Epilepsy With Vivid Religious Experiences

More Evidence Links Epilepsy With Vivid Religious Experiences

How can the rational and empirical forces of science explain visions of angels, conversations with God, and deals with the Devil? For over a century, there have been studies on the link between epilepsy and vivid religious experiences. A new study has taken up the mantle that says it too has found a neurological relationship between religion,…

How To Super-Charge Your Memory Abilities Like The Ancient Greeks

How To Super-Charge Your Memory Abilities Like The Ancient Greeks

Cognitive neuroscientists have scanned the brains of 23 “world memory champions” in an attempt to uncover the wiring behind their incredible memory feats. Using these findings, they have managed to enhance the gooey-computer (ie. the brain) of individuals with typical memory abilities within 40 days. You can even try out the techniques used in the study for yourself…

Ben Carson Has Some Curious Thoughts About The Human Brain

Ben Carson Has Some Curious Thoughts About The Human Brain

Donald Trump has some, shall we say, “curious” thoughts about the wind. It’s a shame, but we suppose he’s not an expert in climatic phenomena. Betsy DeVos, however, should be an expert on schools, but she also has some rather curious thoughts on education – this, indeed, is worrying. And then there’s Ben Carson, a…

Brain Activity Seen In Patient Ten Minutes After Death

Brain Activity Seen In Patient Ten Minutes After Death

File this one under “uh, what”. A study has found brain activity in a patient up to 10 minutes after their life support was turned off, in other words after they were clinically dead. Published in The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, the study was led by the University of Western Ontario in Canada. The…

Brain Scans Reveal Why It Is so Difficult to Recover from Ocd – and Hint at Ways Forward

Brain Scans Reveal Why It Is so Difficult to Recover from Ocd – and Hint at Ways Forward

We often refer to people who are extremely neat or organised as “a bit OCD”. But the reality of living with obsessive compulsive disorder is a very different and serious matter. People with the brain disorder struggle greatly with recurrent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and unwanted urges to repeat safety-seeking behaviours over and over again (compulsions)….