Conventional wisdom might indicate that bigger brains and enhanced memory performance in youth should help protect against the cognitive declines seen decades later in Alzheimer’s disease. Yet for two Georgetown University scientists, recent research appears to suggest the opposite.
“We had not expected this interesting finding,” says Michael Ullman, director of the Brain and Language Laboratory at Georgetown University Medical Center and senior author of the study that found boys with high-functioning autism could process a key grammar task faster than boys without autism.
In the research world, there is a familiar Catch-22. Bright ideas require research funding to generate preliminary data, but it is notoriously difficult for a researcher to secure funding without having that preliminary data.
The sounds that make up speech, built from slight variations in vowels and consonants, trigger specific responses in the part of the brain responsible for speech processing, researchers report today in Science.
Georgetown University Medical Center researchers have found that stopping morphine “cold turkey” in addicted animal models causes a serious decline in mental health, a finding that could lead to better ways of helping people quit harmful drugs.