Mental illness plays havoc with the mind as well as the heart

Journal Reference: Nur Husna Shahimi, Renly Lim, Sumaiyah Mat, Choon-Hian Goh, Maw Pin Tan, Einly Lim. Association between mental illness and blood pressure variability: a systematic review. BioMedical Engineering OnLine, 2022; 21 (1) DOI: 10.1186/s12938-022-00985-w A new study published in BioMedical Engineering draws a link between mental illness and widely fluctuating blood pressure, which can … Read more

More alcohol, less mind: Association begins with an average of just one drink a day

Journal Reference: Remi Daviet, Gökhan Aydogan, Kanchana Jagannathan, Nathaniel Spilka, Philipp D. Koellinger, Henry R. Kranzler, Gideon Nave, Reagan R. Wetherill. Associations between alcohol consumption and gray and white matter volumes in the UK Biobank. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-28735-5 The research, using a dataset of more than 36,000 adults, revealed that going … Read more

Changing your mind based on info, or simply to conform? Brain activity differentiates between types of social influence

Changing your mind based on info, or simply to conform? Brain activity differentiates between types of social influence – NovLink Home Mash B Changing your mind based on info, or simply to conform? Brain activity differentiates between types of social influence We would love to thank the writer of this short article for this awesome … Read more

Can a planet have a mind of its personal? Thought experiment

Journal Reference: Adam Frank, David Grinspsoon, Sara Walker. Intelligence as a planetary scale process. International Journal of Astrobiology, 2022; 1 DOI: 10.1017/S147355042100029X Take, for example, plants: plants ‘invented’ a way of undergoing photosynthesis to enhance their own survival, but in so doing, released oxygen that changed the entire function of our planet. This is just … Read more

Study reveals Ebola virus can hide in mind, persist even years after treatment

Journal Reference: Jun Liu, John C. Trefry, April M. Babka, Christopher W. Schellhase, Kayla M. Coffin, Janice A. Williams, Jo Lynne W. Raymond, Paul R. Facemire, Taylor B. Chance, Neil M. Davis, Jennifer L. Scruggs, Franco D. Rossi, Andrew D. Haddow, Justine M. Zelko, Sandra L. Bixler, Ian Crozier, Patrick L. Iversen, Margaret L. Pitt, … Read more

Cerebrospinal fluid offers clues to post-COVID ‘mind fog’

Journal Reference: Alexandra C. Apple, Alexis Oddi, Michael J. Peluso, Breton M. Asken, Timothy J. Henrich, J. Daniel Kelly, Samuel J. Pleasure, Steven G. Deeks, Isabel Elaine Allen, Jeffrey N. Martin, Lishomwa C. Ndhlovu, Bruce L. Miller, Melanie L. Stephens, Joanna Hellmuth. Risk factors and abnormal cerebrospinal fluid associate with cognitive symptoms after mild COVID … Read more

‘Unexciting’ an anxious mind: Novel drug reduces anxiety-like behavior in mice

Journal Reference: Daisuke Yamada, Junpei Takahashi, Keita Iio, Hiroshi Nagase, Akiyoshi Saitoh. Modulation of glutamatergic synaptic transmission and neuronal excitability in the prelimbic medial prefrontal cortex via delta-opioid receptors in mice. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 2021; 560: 192 DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2021.05.002 For a group of Japanese researchers from Tokyo University of Science and University of … Read more

Mapping the musical mind

Journal Reference: Kuniyoshi L Sakai, Yoshiaki Oshiba, Reiya Horisawa, Takeaki Miyamae, Ryugo Hayano. Music-Experience-Related and Musical-Error-Dependent Activations in the Brain. Cerebral Cortex, 2021; DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhab478 Professor Kuniyoshi L. Sakai from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo is a keen musician, as are many of his colleagues. Although Sakai has … Read more

How to make up your mind when the glass seems half empty?

Journal Reference: Satoko Amemori, Ann M. Graybiel, Ken-ichi Amemori. Causal Evidence for Induction of Pessimistic Decision-Making in Primates by the Network of Frontal Cortex and Striosomes. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2021; 15 DOI: 10.3389/fnins.2021.649167 In previous research, negative mental states have been shown to upset this balance between payoff and hardship toward more ‘pessimistic’ decision making … Read more

Big-headed ancient fish had land on its mind

Journal Reference: Alice M. Clement, Richard Cloutier, Jing Lu, Egon Perilli, Anton Maksimenko, John Long. A fresh look at Cladarosymblema narrienense, a tetrapodomorph fish (Sarcopterygii: Megalichthyidae) from the Carboniferous of Australia, illuminated via X-ray tomography. PeerJ, 2021; 9: e12597 DOI: 10.7717/peerj.12597 Supported by the Australian Research Council and international experts, the new research led by … Read more