Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental Influences, Study Discovers

ATLANTA—Human brains exhibit more plasticity, the tendency to be modeled by the environment, than chimpanzee brains, which may account for part of human evolution, according to researchers at Georgia State University, the George Washington University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The findings provide insight into why humans are capable of… more »

Consuming Sweets Forms Memories That May Control Eating Habits, Neuroscience Study Finds

ATLANTA—Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

The findings, published online in the journal Hippocampus, show that neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic… more »

New Research Shows Ability To Delay Gratification Linked To Connection Of Specific Brain Structures

ATLANTA—The ability to delay gratification in chimpanzees is linked to how specific structures of the brain are connected and communicate with each other, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.

Their findings were published June 3 in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

This study provides the first… more »