A study published last month in the journal of Nature Neuroscience used MR imaging to research the changes in the brain brought about by pregnancy. The study, entitled 'Pregnancy leads to long-lasting changes in human brain structure', discovered a reduction of gray matter regions pertaining to social cognition in the brains of pregnant women. The research was [...]
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Avoiding confrontation, not hurting someone's feelings, securing a better position for yourself--there are many reasons why people bend the truth from time to time. While everyone has told a "little white lie," a new study suggests that so-called innocent lies may be a gateway into a more consistent, pathological habit. The MRI study, entitled The brain [...]
Vancouver has become an international leader in cancer research! AIM's Whole Body Diffusion MRI detects cancer in its earliest stages, and the BC Cancer Agency is conducting developmental research on a blood test that should be able to detect early signals of cancer. The study will look at the blood of 1000 participants aged 55-70, all [...]
It's never a compliment to be called a "birdbrain" or a "peabrain." But does brain size even matter? According to researchers from the University of Southern California, it might. In a new study published Monday in Nature Neuroscience, scientists scanned 32, 438 adults in one of the biggest studies to date in the ongoing research [...]
A new MRI study has located the cingulate cortex as the brain region responsible for forming positive or negative associations with people's faces. The researchers also experimented with manipulating the emotional responses of their subjects, ie. inducing them to feel a certain way about certain faces. "Face recognition is a very important social function for [...]
Essential tremor, a neurological disorder that affects millions of people, is not a terminal condition but is one that greatly impedes upon quality of life. Characterized by continuous and rhythmic shaking, most often occurring in the hands or voice, sufferers of essential tremor are unable to perform routine tasks such as tying shoelaces or picking [...]
Packing on the pounds may increase your body mass index, but it won't increase brain volume, according to a new MRI study. Although the human brain inevitably shrinks as it ages, researchers have found that the brains of obese subjects appear 10 years older at middle age than their fitter counterparts. The UK study, entitled [...]
A Canadian MRI study has found similarities in the brain scans of children with autism, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and ADHD. The team of Toronto researchers imaged the white matter of 200 young participants in the landmark study. Up until now, autism, OCD and ADHD have been classified and studied as three separate disorders, despite [...]
You're not hungry, you're thirsty. It's almost too easy: dieters everywhere have heard this advice for decades, but now it's been backed up by MRI science. The study, conducted by Wageningen University in the Netherlands, worked with 19 participants to collect the data. Done in three parts, the research looked at MRI scans of the stomach, [...]