Behavioural genetics: Intellectual capacity, introversion or extraversion, shaped by our inherited DNA differences

“Genetics is the most important factor shaping who we are”  write Robet Plomin a behavioural geneticist at King’s College London  recognised globally for his research into the genetics of intelligence. “ It explains  more of the psychological differences between us thane everything else put together, the most important environmental factors, such as our families and…

Biogen offers glimmer of hope to 4.4m Alzheimer sufferers

Biogen has offered a glimmer of hope saying it intended to take an experimental drug into the final stages of testing following promising results from a clinical trial. Biogen’ share shot up 18 per cent at the open in New York Yesterday, adding about $10bn to its market valuation, after the US biotech company and…

Amygdala is the key to the expression of fear

Parts of the brain involved in post-traumatic stress disorder is the amygdala, an almond-shaped region (amygdala is Greek for almond) that is key to normal expression of emotions especially fear. Brain imaging studies revealed high activity in the amygdala region deep in the brain when subjects experience anxiety, stress or phobias. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC),…

Eating walnuts can prevent heart disease and enhance your memory

According to scientists, eating walnuts daily can prevent Alzheimers, improve your cognitive health and  enhance your memory by enabling concentrated focussing and increase the speed of the brain processor. A recent study has determined that only 5.5% of all adults (ages 19-50) consume  any tree nuts  and they integrate into their diet, an average 1.25…