Brain Development in Teenagers

Between childhood and adulthood our hormones kick-start a phase of significant change. And while the physical changes of adolescence may be obvious, less visible are the changes that these hormones trigger in our brains. Which might just be responsible for turning our teenage years into a bit of a roller coaster. Throughout our lives our brains undergo a process called…

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April 2020 AJP Editor Spotlight: Cognitive Development Histories in Schizophrenia

There have been major breakthroughs in research on genetics, and tremendous attempts to relate these breakthroughs to clinical findings. One of the areas that appears particularly promising is the use of polygenic risk scores. These measures quantify a relatively broad genetic risk assessed at the molecular level. Dickinson and colleagues examine the relationship between polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia in…

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AJP April 2020 Issue Highlights

There have been major breakthroughs in research on genetics, and tremendous attempts to relate these breakthroughs to clinical findings. One of the areas that appears particularly promising is the use of polygenic risk scores. These measures quantify a relatively broad genetic risk assessed at the molecular level. Dickinson and colleagues examine the relationship between polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia in…

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How does the brain change with age? Part #2: MRI brain imaging

Ok, if you would like to come through now. What I would like you to do first of all is sit on the couch here and I will explain to you what we are going to be doing. Your head is going to be lying in this head collar here, the top of your head with a mask over your…

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How do you diagnose a mild TBI and prevent brain injury from repetitive concussion?

At the moment the evaluation of concussion is only made by a clinical evaluation of sign and symptoms reported. Very often the players or children attempt to minimise the symptomatology because they want to remain in the competition. The conventional neuroimaging techniques like CT scan or MRI cannot be used to diagnose properly because by definition concussion does not present…

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Best exercise for your brain

Research in the last 10 years has demonstrated that a single session of aerobic exercise is enough to enhance neuroplasticity in the human brain. When we learn a motor skill our brain reorganises its connections between neurons and strengthens those connections or weakens them and this is what we call brain plasticity or neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity underlies development from infancy to…

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AJP October 2019 Issue Highlights

There’s been tremendous research examining the neural correlates of schizophrenia using brain imaging. One of the exciting things to see in the field is that this research is beginning to move beyond cross-sectional studies that simply compare patients who are ill with patients who are healthy. Kochunov and colleagues present one of these new studies, and this study looks at…

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October 2019 AJP Editor Spotlight: White Matter in Schizophrenia Treatment Resistance

There’s been tremendous research examining the neural correlates of schizophrenia using brain imaging. One of the exciting things to see in the field is that this research is beginning to move beyond cross-sectional studies that simply compare patients who are ill with patients who are healthy. Kochunov and colleagues present one of these new studies, and this study looks at…

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Can You Really ‘Train’ Your Brain?

Exercising your muscles helps keep your body strong and healthy, which is why lots of people think your brain works in the same way. There are so-called “brain training” games out there that say they’ll improve your memory, attention, and reasoning skills — and eventually make your brain faster and healthier. Some even claim to help prevent the onset of…

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