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2006 Archives: The Brain in the Headlines


  • Since the early 1970s, when cannabis first began to be widely used, the proportion of young people who have used cannabis has steeply increased and the age of first use has declined.
    PLOS Medicine: 24 January 2006
    Original research source: PLOS Medicine
  • Mobile phone use does not lead to a greater risk of brain tumour, the largest study on the issue has said. The study of 2,782 people across the UK found no link between the risk of glioma - the most common type of brain tumour - and length of mobile use.

BBC News: 23 January 2006

Original research source: British Medical Journal

  • Eating oily fish and seeds in pregnancy can boost children's future brain power and social skills, research suggests. A study of 9,000 mothers and children in Avon suggested those who consumed less of the essential fatty acid Omega-3 had children with lower IQs.

BBC News: 20 January 2006

Original research source: University of Bristol

  • Men appear to get greater satisfaction than women when witnessing retribution, research suggests. Scientists monitored brain activity in people while they watched someone they either liked, or disliked apparently suffering pain.

BBC News: 19 January 2006

Original research source: Nature

  • Regular exercise reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease by up to 40%, US research suggests. A regular gentle work-out was enough to produce a positive effect - even for people aged over 65.

BBC News: 17 January 2006

Original research source: Annals of Internal Medicine

  • A recent study says that changes to diets over the last 50 years may be playing a key role in the rise of mental illness, and that this could be  leading to depression and memory problems, but food experts said the research was not conclusive.

BBC News: 16 January 2006

Original research source: Mental Health Foundation

  • A new study suggests that a person's thinking ability may be better after being awake for 24 hours or being drunk than it is following a good night's sleep. These findings might have implications for workers such as doctors on night-duty, who are awoken and immediately asked to perform important tasks.

BBC News: 11 January 2006

Original research source: Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Violent computer games may make people more likely to act aggressively, a study which monitored the brain activity of 39 game players suggests a causal link. Previous research has found people who play such games are more likely to be aggressive but some say this just shows violent people gravitate towards them.

BBC News: 09 January 2006

Original research source: New Scientist

  • Pupils at a school for children with special educational needs are taking part in a study to see if taking fish oil supplements can improve behaviour. It is thought to be the first such trial at a special school.

BBC News: 09 January 2006

  • Scientists believe they have shown the brain remains in listening mode even when the only sound is silence, as parts of the brain related to hearing were activated in subjects listening out for a sound.  This study gives hope that it may aid work on attention deficit disorders which are linked to problems in the same part of the brain.

BBC News: 09 January 2006

Original research source: Journal of Neuroscience

  • A new scientific study shows that living in the country is better for your mental health than being a city-dweller.

BBC News: 04 January 2006

Original research source: The British Journal of Psychiatry

  • Scientists are developing a portable brain scanner which they hope could aid treatment - and possibly save the lives - of premature and newborn babies.

See BBC News: 27 December 2005

Original research source: EPSCR

  • A British millionaire says he has stumbled across a revolutionary drug-free treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    BBC News: 17 February 2006



  • In the last month alone, researchers working with brain imaging machines have captured the neural trace of schadenfreude and the emotional flare of partisan thinking and whatever happens between the ears of a happily married woman when her husband takes her hand.
    New York Times: 5 February 2006
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  • Researchers have made progress in understanding how a variant gene linked to schizophrenia may exert its influence in the brain.
    NY Times: 18 April 2006


  • The difficulties people with autism have in relating to others could be due to poor communication between brain areas
    BBC News: 10 April 2006
    Original Research Source: Neuroimage
  • The latest work in brain research helps explain how impulsive tendencies develop and when they can lead people astray.
     NY Times: 4 April 2006
    Original Research Source: The Journal of Psychiatric Research
  • Scientists say they have discovered a gene sequence which appears to play a central role in giving humans their unique brain capacity.
    BBC News: 17 August 2006
    Original Research Source: Nature
  • British scientists say measuring the brain development of premature babies in their first weeks of life can identify those who need extra help.
    United Press International: 1 August 2006
    Original Research Source: Public Library of Science Medicine
  • Scientists believe they have found a way to probe the mysterious phenomenon of feeling you have witnessed something before - deja vu.
    BBC News: 21 July 2006
    Original Research Source: New Scientist
  • Sharing a bed with someone could temporarily reduce your brain power - at least if you are a man - Austrian scientists suggest.
    BBC News: 20 July 2006
    Original Research Source: New Scientist
  •  Listening to music makes us feel better - but many doctors are now beginning to believe that it does much more.
    BBC News: 19 July 2006
  • A new type of computer that mimics the complex interactions in the human brain is being built by UK scientists. 
    BBC News: 17 July 2006
  • Weight loss can be a sign that a woman will develop dementia in the future, US researchers have discovered.
    BBC News: 16 July 2006
  • A sensor implanted in a paralysed man's brain has enabled him to control objects by using his thoughts alone.
    BBC: 12 July 2006
    Original Research Source: Nature
  • An "emotionally aware" computer system designed to read people's minds by analysing expressions will be featured at a major London exhibition.
    BBC News: 27 June 2006
    Original Research Source: The Royal Society
  • The world's first online brain-imaging database allows scientists to better understand how the human brain develops.
    McGill Reporter: 1 June 2006
  • Science is beginning to find ways to control happiness in the brain artificially.
    BBC News: 24 May 2006




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