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Brain plasticity increased with Ritalin use

Millions of children are treated with Ritalin to improve their ability to focus on tasks, but scientists now report that Ritalin also directly enhances the speed of learning. The scientists, from the University of California – San Francisco, showed for the first time that Ritalin boosts both of these cognitive abilities by increasing the activity […]

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Tweet this: Rapid-fire media confuses our moral compass




Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC). The finding suggests that digital media culture may be better suited to some mental processes than others. “For some kinds of thought, especially moral decision-making about other people’s social and […]




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Immune System Sculpts The Brain




The synapse elimination that occurs during the normal development of a child’s brain seems to be directed by the immune system, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Beyond understanding how connections are weeded out in a normal, developing brain, the finding could also help explain some neurodegenerative disorders – such as glaucoma, […]




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