New genes involved in long-term memory revealed

A new study has shed light on a genome and has revealed new genes that are involved in forming long-term memories.

Genes, not environment, make some chimps smarter

Just like humans, some chimpanzees are smarter than others, and about half of that variation in intelligence depends on the genes that individuals carry and pass on from one generation to the next, says a study.

Lost in the wild? Chimps can show you the way

If you ever get lost in a rain forest, don`t fret. Just use your gestures to ask a chimp in the jungle, and it may help you find food or even your way home, a study suggests.

Non-concussion head impacts in contact sports also hit cognitive abilities

Repeated blows to the head during a season of contact sports could cause brain changes and affect cognitive abilities even if none of the impacts have resulted in a concussion.

Music `does not` boost intelligence

A pair of studies has claimed that studying music has no effect on improving cognitive abilities.

How the brain helps us read

A new research has suggested that reading consists of unique capacities and is supported by distinct neural systems that are relatively independent of general cognitive abilities.

Hormonal contraceptives `may improve cognitive abilities`

Premenopausal use of hormonal contraceptives may improve the cognitive abilities of women in midlife and for years afterward, researchers say.