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Undergrads Who Twitter May Do Better, Study Finds

Social networking seemed to increase student engagement

Key Brain Area for Vision May Be Organized by Color

Finding in monkeys might further understanding of perception, attention, researchers say

For Teen Boys, Heavy Drinking & Impulsivity May Be Vicious Circle

Early use of alcohol could weaken impulse control, leading to more boozing, study suggests

Early 'Pot' Use May Harm Brain More: Study

Smoking before age 16 tied to greater executive function problems

Brain Organizes Itself for Introspection as Children Age: Study

Scans show how activity in disparate neurological regions coalesces as kids mature

Sleep Apnea May Shrink Brain's Gray Matter: Study

But research finds changes somewhat reversible with early detection, treatment

Happiness Is a Focused Mind

When people's minds wandered, they reported more dissatisfaction, study found

Math Skills Boost Couples' Financial Worth: Study

How well married partners score on tests of 'numeracy' seems to affect household wealth

New Tool for Rapid Screening of Dementia Shows Promise

But test scores appears to have a high rate of false positives

Scientists Use Tarantulas to Explore Human Fear

MRIs showed that videos of the spiders activated many different parts of the brain

Research Suggests Link Between 'Handedness' and Dyslexia

Finding based on scan of genomes of 192 children with reading difficulties

Anti-Delirium Drug May Harm Critically Ill Patients

Exelon ineffective, raised risk of death in study

Vitamin E May Pose Slight Bleeding-Stroke Risk

Study finds one additional hemorrhage for every 1,250 persons taking the supplement

Teens of Epileptic Mothers May Lag Academically: Study

Taking more than one anti-seizure drug in pregnancy should be avoided if possible, researchers say

Brain May Be More Developed at Birth Than Thought

Scientists found networks linked to daydreaming were fully formed in newborns

Electrical Brain Stimulation May Boost Math Skills

Adults did better on tests after painless therapy, but more research needed, experts say

Sleep Appears to Aid Learning

Shut-eye helped solidify vocabulary for study volunteers

Good Conversation Can Boost Brain Power, Study Finds

Thinking skills seem to improve with friendly chats, but not from competitive discussions

Gene Associated With Autism May Alter How Brain Functions

Scans show a 'disconnect' in brain areas linked to language in people with the disorder, researchers say

Brain Can Compensate for Cognitive Damage

One area makes up for injuries to the memory and attention center, study finds

Could Anger Make People Want Things More?

Items subliminally tied to the emotion held more allure, researchers found

Study Unmasks the Biology of Bluffing

Brain scans spot cognitive roots of getting others to believe lies are true

Brain Difference Found in Smokers

Part of decision-making center less thick than in people who have never smoked, small study finds

Concussion Should Sideline Athletes: Neurologists

Medical evaluation needed before athlete gets cleared to play, Academy of Neurology advises

Afinitor Approved for Rare Genetic Disorder

Disorder causes non-cancerous brain tumors

Early Humans More Advanced Than Thought

In S. Africa, sophisticated tool-making techniques show up 55,000 years earlier than expected

Brain's Error-Detection System Demystified

Researchers identify two autonomous feedback loops in 'typo' study

PTSD Linked to 'Hyperactivity' in Right Brain

Neurons overfiring even when trauma sufferers were relaxed, researchers found

Brain Deficits Higher in Seniors Who Survive Blood Poisoning

Severe sepsis raises odds of some brain impairment, researchers say

Scans Show How Hormone Levels Affect Female Brain

Fluctuations during menstrual cycle may influence processing of emotional information, study finds

NFL Players With Concussions Sidelined Longer: Study

Team physicians appear to have adopted a more 'conservative approach to concussion management,' neurologist says

Brain's Pleasure Chemical May Explain Men's Higher Alcoholism Rate

Drinking-related dopamine release is greater in males, study finds

New Moms' Brains May Grow After Childbirth

Effect was greatest in those most enthusiastic about their babies, researchers say

Mouse Study Suggests Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Can Migrate Into Brain

But this is long way away from saying the disease is 'infectious,' experts stress

Animal Study Explores Potential Gene Therapy for Depression

Adequate levels of a certain brain protein may aid prevention, treatment, researchers suggest

Study Confirms It: Booze Impairs Decision-Making

Slower reaction times, more errors were linked to higher consumption

Violent Media Can Desensitize the Minds of Young Males

Study found repeated exposure dampened their reaction to seeing aggression

New Guidelines Issued for Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's

Experts publish consensus with ultimate goal of improving patients' lives

Can Vitamin B12 Reduce Alzheimer's Risk?

Finnish study hints at a link, but experts call the trial small and preliminary

Brain Scans May Help Identify Bipolar, ADHD Kids: Study

Accurate diagnosis could lead to more targeted treatments, researchers say

Practice Tests Really Do Improve Learning: Study

Exams led people to develop more effective keyword memory cues, researchers find

MRI Might Screen for Autism

It captures abnormal brain patterns in those with the disorder, but advocate questions its potential

Romantic Love: Nature's Painkiller?

In study of lovesick undergrads, it seemed to squelch pain as much as being distracted

Walking 6 to 9 Miles a Week May Help Save Memory

Brain's gray matter doesn't seem to shrink with this amount of exercise, study finds

This Is Your Brain on 'Friends': Study

Key part of prefrontal cortex lights up when discussing friends, but not strangers, researchers find

Brain Damage May Not Harm Short-Term Spatial Memory After All

But injuries to hippocampus may well hurt long-term memory, experts say

First Patient Treated in U.S.-Approved Embryonic Stem Cell Trial

Unnamed individual is receiving controversial cells to treat spinal cord injury

Research Suggests How Brain Compensates in the Blind

Sound and touch get boost from visual cortex in those who cannot see, scans show

Hypertonic Fluids Don't Seem to Aid Brain Injury Outcome

No benefit from early electrolyte treatment outside hospital in patients who aren't in shock, study finds