brain science http://www.kplu.org en When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD http://www.kplu.org/post/when-bomb-goes-during-your-study-trauma-new-uw-findings-ptsd <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159175864&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>When a traumatic event happens, some people find ways to cope while others get caught in the grip of post-traumatic stress&nbsp;disorder. A new study led by a Seattle researcher and enabled by an unexpected disaster suggests a way we might be able to predict who’s most likely to struggle.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17794 at http://www.kplu.org When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD A 20-Minute Chat Might Help Boost Recovery For Patients With Brain Injuries http://www.kplu.org/post/20-minute-chat-might-help-boost-recovery-patients-brain-injuries <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148269754&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Spending just 20 minutes talking to a social worker might boost recovery from head injuries, and the benefits seem to last for months <a href="http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/02699052.2014.890746" target="_blank">according to new research </a>out of the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:22:50 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16427 at http://www.kplu.org A 20-Minute Chat Might Help Boost Recovery For Patients With Brain Injuries Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords http://www.kplu.org/post/listen-uw-science-fair-schoolkids-features-human-brains-and-spinal-cords <p>Each March, scientists around the world host open houses to get people thinking about the brain.</p><p>The events are all part of Brain Awareness Week.</p><p>At the University of Washington, that means the mother of all science fairs in a room decked out with human brains, spinal cords, finch chirping and flying fruit flies.</p><p>Take an audio tour of an event that drew more than 650 elementary and high school students.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Florangela Davila 14436 at http://www.kplu.org Listen: At UW, A Science Fair For Schoolkids Features Human Brains And Spinal Cords 10 Hours Of Brain Training Keeps Elderly Sharper Even 10 Years Later, Study Finds http://www.kplu.org/post/10-hours-brain-training-keeps-elderly-sharper-even-10-years-later-study-finds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists have long known that brain training can help older adults stay sharp, but </span><a href="http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12607/abstract" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a new study </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">co-authored by a Seattle scientist shows those benefits also have remarkable staying power.</span></p><p>The advantages from just a little bit of training — about 10 total hours — can last at least a full decade, according to a large national study called the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE study.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 01:07:13 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12550 at http://www.kplu.org 10 Hours Of Brain Training Keeps Elderly Sharper Even 10 Years Later, Study Finds Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep http://www.kplu.org/post/brains-sweep-themselves-clean-toxins-during-sleep While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6156/373">study</a> of mice found.<p>"It's like a dishwasher," says <a href="https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/people/23788299-maiken-nedergaard">Dr. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:59:43 +0000 Jon Hamilton 10532 at http://www.kplu.org Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep UW Researchers Use Brain of One to Control Body of Another http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-researchers-use-brain-one-control-body-another <p>Two researchers at the University of Washington have managed to pull off something right out of a sci-fi story: one used his brain to control the body of another.<br /><br />The setup involved two labs on different ends of campus. In one lab sat the receiver, Andrea Stocco, with a device on his head that beams a focused magnetic field into his brain. Across campus, in another lab sat the sender, Rajesh Rao, wearing a cap outfitted with electrodes. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:25:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9776 at http://www.kplu.org UW Researchers Use Brain of One to Control Body of Another What makes you feel fear? http://www.kplu.org/post/what-makes-you-feel-fear In shorthand often used to describe the brain, fear is controlled by a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala.<p>But it's not quite that simple, as a <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nn.3323">study</a> published Sunday in <em>Nature Neuroscience</em> demonstrates.<p>One of the best ways to figure out how parts of the brain work is to study people who have damage in those specific areas. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 22:04:53 +0000 7726 at http://www.kplu.org What makes you feel fear? Microsoft co-founder puts $300 million into 'brain observatories' http://www.kplu.org/post/microsoft-co-founder-puts-300-million-brain-observatories <p>Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, is more than doubling his investment in unraveling mysteries of the brain &ndash; and bringing some of America&rsquo;s top scientists to a new lab in Seattle. They say they&#39;re building &quot;brain observatories,&quot; where they hope to answer big questions about how the mind works.</p><p>They&#39;ll peer inside the brain, similar to how groups of astronomers gather at major observatories to peer into the stars for answers about the formation of the universe.</p><p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 17:30:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 4507 at http://www.kplu.org Microsoft co-founder puts $300 million into 'brain observatories'