May 30, 2005 |
Scientists have discovered comedy central in the brain -- specific tissue regulating the ability to understand sarcasm. People with damage to the right frontal lobe, right behind the eyes, are unable to appreciate this kind of humor. In sarcasm, "the literal meaning is different from the true meaning, and some people just don't understand that difference," said Simone Shamay-Tsoory, a psychologist at the Rambam Medical Center and the University of Haifa in Israel.
April 28, 2004 |
A preliminary study at UC San Diego has found promising signs that using gene therapy to introduce nerve growth factor into the brain may retard the progression of Alzheimer's disease. The team, led by Dr. Mark H. Tuszynski, studied five women and three men, with an average age of 70, who were in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. The study focused on determining the safety of the procedure and not its effectiveness.
February 11, 2002 |
A snippet of tissue in the brain's frontal lobe has become the focus of science's quest to find exactly where we get our sense of who we are. Several recent experiments pinpoint the lobe's right hemisphere as the locus of our identity. The study of brain diseases has been a factor in illuminating the research into "self." People who seem to have lost their sense of self are now said to be suffering from a condition called frontotemporal dementia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1999
Bravo to The Times for its recent insightful series on the broken contract with the mentally ill. Reform of the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act is badly needed and should not be lost in the din of a vocal minority insisting that mentally ill people have the right to make unwise decisions just like the rest of the population. I shudder at the logic of an outspoken client network member telling me my suicidally depressed father was entitled to kill himself if he chose. This libertarian thinking ignores what recent science has discovered about the damage to the frontal lobe of the brain in mentally ill people that prevents them from realizing they are ill and prevents them from seeing any hope for a better life.
April 5, 1999 |
The ability to laugh at a good joke has a lot to do with your brain's frontal lobe. If you have damage there, punch lines may whiz right by you. But the slapstick humor of the Three Stooges could leave you in stitches, according to new research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1997 |
Children may learn new languages more quickly than adults do because they use a different area of the brain, New York researchers report today in Nature. Using magnetic resonance imaging on 12 volunteers, Joy Hirsch and colleagues at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Cornell University Medical College found that children process all their languages in one small part of the brain, while adults who learn a new language are forced to create a new storage area.