How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain
How Social Isolation Affects the Brain

Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.

Absence of human contact is associated with declines in cognitive function. But as the COVID-19 pandemic brings concerns about the potential harms of isolation to the fore, researchers are still hunting for concrete evidence of a causal role as well as possible mechanisms.

psychiatric disorders
Wanted: Healthy Brains
Wanted: Healthy Brains
Ashley Yeager | Feb 25, 2020
Brain banks have struggled to convince unaffected individuals to donate, hampering studies on “cognitively normal” neurodevelopment and aging.
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Value of Medical Marijuana for Mental Health Questioned
Jef Akst | Oct 29, 2019
A meta-analysis of more than 80 studies from the past four decades finds weak evidence to support the use of medicinal cannabis to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders.
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Deep Brain Stimulation Improves Depression Symptoms: Study
Catherine Offord | Oct 7, 2019
The effects of the therapy in a small group of  patients were long-lasting, researchers say, adding to evidence that the approach works for treatment-resistant depression.
Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 15, 2019
Some variants implicated in the disease are also linked to other psychiatric disorders.
How the Brain Changes on Ketamine: A Live Animal Study
How the Brain Changes on Ketamine: A Live Animal Study
Ruth Williams | Apr 11, 2019
The drug promotes and sustains brain cell connectivity in mice, reversing the effects of chronic stress.
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Frequent use of high-strength cannabis may increase the risk of mental health problems, according to a large-scale epidemiological study.
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Amy Lewis | Dec 31, 2018
Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence.
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Analysis of 2,000 Brains Provides Clues to Schizophrenia, Autism
Catherine Offord | Dec 14, 2018
The PsychENCODE project delves into the DNA, RNA, and protein changes related to brain development and neuropsychiatric disorders, but researchers caution it’s just a first step toward treatment.
New Cell Type Discovered in Human Brains
New Cell Type Discovered in Human Brains
Catherine Offord | Aug 28, 2018
Rosehip neurons are not found in rodents. Perhaps they offer clues about what separates our brains from those of other animals.