Does Family Income Alter Brain Structure? One Study Says Yes.
In the United States there is one idea that is universally cherished – the idea of the American dream. At the heart of this construction is the belief that in a free society people are able to pull themselves up through sheer determination. It is the idea that anyone... Read more
The ABCs of Astrocytes
The central nervous system (CNS) is arguably the most important part of the human body. It includes the brain and the spinal cord. The brain is widely believed to be where all our thought originate. It compares and contrasts. It strings together words and paragraphs. It helps us to... Read more
Oxytocin and the Brain
Oxytocin is a pretty serious drug. The hormone is most well-known for its uses during labor – it is naturally released in large doses during labor and is also administered on-site as a way to begin or speed up the process. The hormone is also associated with trust and... Read more
Secreted Amyloid Precursor Protein-α for the Aging Brain
With snow white fur, curious twitchy whiskers and little red eyes, lab rats don’t resemble street rats. They are bred, groomed and sold specifically for research. They are often well-cared for clones. They are certainly cleaner than any house dog. The battery of tests run on rats are many.... Read more
Superior Memory and… Alzheimer’s?
Growing old is a dynamic process, and no two people do it in exactly the same way. Though most people fall into a middle range of aging patterns, some fall into more extreme patterns. One such pattern is Alzheimer’s. Characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain that cause... Read more
The Nootropic Effect of Carotenoids
The same chemical that makes tomatoes bright red and apples a crisp shade of green may also improve your mind, a new study finds. Carotenoids are hardly a new kid on the block. They are a class of fat-soluble pigments, one of which colors the fruits and vegetables we... Read more
Hypericum Perforatum as an Agent of Cognitive Enhancement in Rodents
Hypericum perforatum is not traditionally used as a nootropic agent. Known more prevalently as perforate Saint John’s wort, this flowering plant is a natural remedy to anxiety, depression and inflammation. Just because it’s natural, however, doesn’t mean it is not potent or potentially dangerous. The herb increases the amount of... Read more
The Downside of Focus
Focus. It is what allows a law student to study for the bar exam, keeps a ballerina concentrated on her craft long enough to become a master dancer and ultimately helps little kids learn to tie their shoes. Being able to hone in on a single element of our... Read more
Coffee and Sugar for All
Not all nootropics are pharmaceuticals. In fact, the most popular and common nootropic of all is something that many American enjoy every morning: coffee. Coffee has some benefits all its own, but much of its nootropic impact is found in the drink’s high caffeine content. Caffeine has long been... Read more
The Brains of Babes
Having a baby is a full time job. My little Luke is six months old and the barrage of extra activities is overwhelming. Some of it is expected, but not all of it. I expected the middle-of-the-night feedings, diaper disasters and countless hours singing nursery rhymes. I didn’t expect... Read more
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