Neuroscience

Child in stroller on a smoggy day

Air pollution impacts childhood development, study shows

Children who live near major roads are at higher risk for developmental delays because of traffic-related pollutants.

UCSF stress meditation group

Can short-term stress make the body and mind more resilient?

A new UCSF study is testing a theory about how much stress is good for us.

A comparison of two brains

Dementia looks different in brains of Latinos

A first-of-its-kind study has uncovered dramatic racial differences in the brains of those with dementia.

Teens doing some outdoor gardening

Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Teens get a bad rap as selfish, dangerous risk-takers, but neuroscience and psychology are revising that image.

UC Santa Barbara spilled drink

Finding the elusive drinking ‘brake’

New research has uncovered a mechanism that helps us modulate our drinking — when it functions properly.

Woman sleeping with sensors on her head

Sleep loss truly causes you pain

Going without sleep heightens pain sensitivity and dulls the brain’s painkilling response.

Shocked older woman watching TV on an iPad

Study identifies a new way by which the human brain marks time

With a little help from HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” scientists learn more about how we process the flow of time.

Glass polar bear

Can artificial intelligence tell a polar bear from a can opener?

How closely do deep learning computer networks mimic the human brain? There's still a long way to go, psychologists find.

Alzheimer's disease as shown in a brain PET scan

Artificial intelligence can detect Alzheimer’s disease in brain scans 6 years before a diagnosis

A machine-learning algorithm diagnosed early-stage Alzheimer’s disease using a common PET scan.

Gopesh Tilvawala speaks to someone across a table

Graduate student’s steerable brain device wins big at inventors competition

Gopesh Tilvawala is developing a first-of-its-kind catheter to navigate tiny arteries in the brain.

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