Category Archives: Brain Science

Differences Found Between Male and Female Brains

Researchers at the University of Twente, the University of Zurich, and a researcher/renowned neurofeedback specialist at a brain clinic in Nijmegen have found distinct differences between male and female brains, according to a summary from Science Daily.  Using pattern recognition techniques, they found that there are gender differences in beta-wave frequencies (faster-wave frequencies where cognition and intellectual focus are known to occur).   This basic research lays the foundation into further exploration of gender differences, as well as potential gender-specific treatment responses to medical and psychological interventions.  Read more at Science Daily.

Anxiety Cells Found in Brain

Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco have found specific cells in the brain that trigger anxiety, according to Neuroscience News.  The discovery of these dedicated cells in an area of the brain called the hypothalamus means that researchers can now explore further why some over-respond to anxiety-producing conditions in their lives and also may help point to ways to alleviate anxiety.  Check out the article here.

Different Music Styles Means Different Brains

Most musicians probably already knew this intuitively, but researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Human Brain Sciences in Germany have found that the brains of classical musicians and jazz musicians operate slightly differently, even when playing the same piece of music.   The work underscores the point that everything we do in life shapes and reshapes our brain–usually in fascinating ways.  Read more about the study at Science Daily.



Importance of Sleep

The linked post to an article from Neuroscience News on the importance of sleep and its effect on the brain seems like a good fit for this first Monday after the time change away from Daylight Savings Time.   Read it here:

Explaining Severity of Concussions

A recent paper published in Physical Review Applied suggested that something called shear shock waves may explain why people experience varying degrees of injury, sometimes with more severe problems from lighter impacts, according to Neuroscience News.  Check out the fascinating article here:

Hyperactive Default Mode Network Behind Many Emotional Disorders

The brain’s default mode network, a series of connections that create what the brain is doing/thinking when it isn’t focused on any one thing in particular, appears to be hyperactive when emotional disorders are present, according to research from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  For more information, read Science Daily’s summary of the research, which is linked below.

Neurofeedback is not mentioned in this article, but certain neurofeedback protocols are designed to train the default mode network.