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Volunteers help unlock deeper understanding

Volunteers help unlock deeper understanding

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a participant in a research study? Take a painless journey through the mind of a volunteer in a Brain and Mind Institute study about sound.

Study unlocks brain’s role in moving about

Study unlocks brain’s role in moving about

Every office or family has one – the colleague who mistakenly walked into a wall or the sibling who mistook a closed glass door for an open entrance. Most of us, however, seem to have an innate sense of a room’s geometry. When we roll out of bed, our feet know exactly...

Postdoctoral scholars named Banting Fellows

Postdoctoral scholars named Banting Fellows

From studying specific brain mechanisms that support math skills to learning more about internalized weight stigma, Western welcomes two new Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipients, thus named among only 70 nationwide.

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Brain injuries may be prevalent among patients exiting intensive care units (ICU), even if they entered the hospital for non-brain-related injuries or ailments, according to a new study by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute.

All exercise intensities benefit older brains

All exercise intensities benefit older brains

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 to a new Western study.

Batterink, Bodell named among Rising Stars

Batterink, Bodell named among Rising Stars

Western Psychology professors Laura Batterink and Lindsay Bodell were recently named Rising Stars by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in recognition of the pair being outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their post-PhD research careers. Batterink and Bodell were two of only six Canadian scientists named among the international class of 76.

Owen named Officer of British Empire

Owen named Officer of British Empire

Renowned Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has been named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) as part of the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

Seven teams of researchers have been awarded funding for transformational research projects in neuroscience, through the first round of the McGill-Western BrainsCAN collaboration grants.

Study: Wake up! Too much shut-eye bad for brain

Study: Wake up! Too much shut-eye bad for brain

Preliminary results from the world’s largest sleep study have shown that people who sleep on average between seven to eight hours per night performed better cognitively than those who slept less – or more – than this amount.

Research calls ‘flat-brainers’ to arms

Research calls ‘flat-brainers’ to arms

While flat-Earthers continue to debate even the remote possibility that our world is spherical, new research shows the human brain is actually better understood in 2D rather than 3D.

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

The sheer, glorious space of the country. Beaches in summer; snow sports in winter. The research opportunities and academic atmosphere. For years, Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has set his heart on making Canada his home and adopted land. This year, he will celebrate Canada Day, for the first time, as a permanent resident of Canada.

Unique patient offers insights into the brain’s quest to see

Unique patient offers insights into the brain’s quest to see

When light streams through her window in just the right way, Milena Canning will sometimes stoop to pick up a shiny coin she has noticed on the wooden floor of her Glasgow-area home. But her hand comes up empty – the ‘coin’ is just a dancing sunbeam, a quirk of...

Listening to the brain’s hidden superpowers

Listening to the brain’s hidden superpowers

Echo, a female superhero in Marvel’s Daredevil and Avengers comic books, is one of the very few deaf characters of the genre. Because she is deaf, Echo pays attention to visual details and movements, allowing her to learn new abilities by watching others. But what...

Grant looks to bring brain researchers closer together

Grant looks to bring brain researchers closer together

Organizers see a first-of-its-kind grant program as more about collaboration, rather than competition, in supporting the efforts of researchers to address challenges in brain health. The McGill-Western Collaboration Grant program supports neuroscience and...