Cognitive-Function

Effects of flu on brain

Group of researchers from Germany and USA studied effects of influenza virus on brain cells. The study published in the Journal of Neuroscience finds that female mice infected with two different strains of the flu shows changes in structure and function of the hippocampus. These changes persist for one month after infection. The long-term effect …

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Research shows musicians have faster reaction to sensory stimuli

According to a new study by Université de Montréal’s School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, part of UdeM’s medical faculty learning to play musical instrument help elderly to react faster and to stay alerted. The study is published in journal Brain and Cognition.  The study shows that musicians have faster reaction times to sensory stimuli than …

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Research shows new understanding on how working memory is stored in brain

Working memory is integral part of  cognitive process and it involves short term memory. Previous research shown that  it depends on sustained, elevated brain activity. However researchers at University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown that humans can hold information in working memory via “activity-silent” synaptic mechanisms. Their study is published in journal Science. According to Brad Postle, …

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Research finds that better cognitive function is associated with higher physical activity and healthy eating habits (fruits and vegetables)

Findings published this week in the Journal of Public Health reveal that both younger and older Canadian adults who engage in regular physical activity, consume more fruits and vegetables and are normal weight or overweight have overall better cognitive functioning. Regular engagement in physical activity and healthy eating has long been associated with a reduced …

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High Body Mass Index (BMI) might affect cognitive function

Researchers from the University of Arizona have found that having a higher body mass index, or Body Mass Index, can negatively impact cognitive functioning in older adults. “The higher your Body Mass Index (BMI), the more your inflammation goes up,” said Kyle Bourassa, lead author of the study, which is published in the journal Brain, …

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