Our brains are filled with billions of neurons. Neuroscientist Sebastian Seung explains how mapping out the connections between those neurons might be the key to understanding the basis of things like personality, memory, perception, ideas and mental illness.
Psychiatrists have long claimed that gardens hold healing powers for mental illness. Now, scientists are exploring a new field called horticultural therapy for everyone from troubled youth to veterans. But just how gardens affect the brain remains mainly a mystery.
The increase in brain activity that occurs with exercise appears to have implications not only for how well the brain functions during exercise, but also for how well our thinking and memory work the rest of the time.
Reporting in Science, researchers write that an FDA-approved drug for skin cancer had surprising results in mice with Alzheimer’s. The drug rapidly cleared up amyloid protein from the brain and improved cognitive function. Co-author Gary Landreth discusses the drug’s potential as a therapy for Alzheimer’s.