2013 Press Releases


  • Quadriplegics at Risk for Serious Sleep Breathing Disorder

    Released December 5, 2013 - New findings suggest that where the spinal cord is injured—in the neck, or lower—can affect the likelihood and type of breathing problems during sleep, including central sleep apnea. Understanding how and why patients’ nighttime breathing is affected could help doctors better manage these conditions.
  • Auditory Cortex

    Released September 25, 2013 - A new study suggests that the auditory cortex does more than just process sound. When study subjects were expecting a reward and received it, or weren’t expecting a reward and were right, this area lit up on brain scans. Study published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.
  • The Placebo Effect and its Lessons for the Physician-Patient Relationship

    Released September 19, 2013 - The findings of a comprehensive review of the placebo phenomenon and its consequences for clinical medicine are contained in a new article by neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti. The Review article provides an in-depth biological and evolutionary approach to examining the placebo effect in relationship to the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Piano Fingers: How Players Strike Keys Depends on How Muscles Are Used

    Released August 9, 2013 - Researchers have long been aware of a phenomenon in speech called coarticulation, in which certain sounds are produced differently depending on the sounds that come before or after them. A new study suggests that piano paying also involves coarticulation, with hand muscle contractions differing depending on the sequence of notes played.
  • Relationship Between Sleep and Memory: A Historical Review

    Released July 29, 2013 - What’s the relationship between sleep and memory? A recent article in Physiological Reviews covers the field through a historical perspective on concepts and a discussion of more recent key findings. It also takes into account the varying approaches that have been used to clarify the mechanism that causes memory to benefit from sleep.
  • Fish Oil May Help the Heart Beat Mental Stress

    Released May 23, 2013 - Why is fish oil good for the heart? A new study suggests that this omega 3 fatty acid-rich nutrient could blunt some cardiovascular effects of mental stress.