Posts Tagged: Neuroscience

Brain health of older adults enhanced by low-intensity physical activity

February 28, 2019

Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according…

London Brain Bee 2019 encourages next generation of neuroscientists

February 22, 2019

For more than 40 years, some of Western University’s most internationally recognized research has come from the field of neuroscience research. A special event, later this spring, aims to encourage…

Your spinal cord is ‘smarter’ than previously thought: research shows our spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function

February 11, 2019

We often think of our brains as being at the centre of complex motor function and control, but how ‘smart’ is your spinal cord? Turns out it is smarter than…

Black widow spiders rely on posture and body dynamics for survival and sex

December 13, 2018

A new study led by Western University’s Natasha Mhatre shows that body dynamics and posture are crucial to how black widow spiders decode the important vibrations that travel through their…

World’s largest sleep study shows too much shut-eye can be bad for your brain

October 9, 2018

Preliminary results from the world’s largest sleep study have shown that people who sleep on average between 7 to 8 hours per night performed better cognitively than those who slept…

Brain game doesn’t offer brain gain

July 30, 2018

A new study led by a team of Western University neuroscientists has debunked claims that getting better at a brain training game can translate to improved performance in other, untrained…

London Brain Bee 2018 encourages next generation of neuroscientists

April 17, 2018

Western University has long been internationally recognized for its excellence in neuroscience research. From developing and advancing innovative imaging technology to deciphering the neural basis for cognitive functions, Western cultivates…

Western researchers reverse the negative effects of adolescent marijuana use

September 12, 2017

Researchers at Western University have found a way to use pharmaceuticals to reverse the negative psychiatric effects of THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. Chronic adolescent marijuana use has…

World’s largest sleep study launches from Western’s Brain and Mind Institute

June 26, 2017

Renowned Western University neuroscientist Adrian Owen has launched the world’s largest sleep-and-cognition study to help researchers learn the effects on our brains of sleep and sleep deprivation. “Many of us…

Western neuroscientist’s book explores the borderlines of consciousness

June 20, 2017

Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen’s work has transformed how medical teams, families and philosophers understand the spaces between life and death for people in a vegetative state. And now Owen is…