Nick Gallagher

Nick Gallagher

Reporter, Mind & Behavior and Technology

Nick Gallagher, based in Brooklyn, New York, covers Mind & Behavior and Technology for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Nick wrote articles for the Brooklyn Eagle, Brooklyn Magazine and Popula, among other outlets. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

A part of the brain linked to autism in females has been identified. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A part of the brain linked to autism in females has been identified. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)Researchers have isolated sex differences in the brains of females with autism spectrum disorder and aligned those results with their genetics, providing valuable insights into a population that has long been understudied.

New evidence contradicts the belief that weight gain in later years protects against cognitive decline. (Unsplash/Ravi Patel)
New evidence contradicts the belief that weight gain in later years protects against cognitive decline. (Unsplash/Ravi Patel)A study examining data from over 58,000 European participants calls into question the cognitive "obesity paradox," a controversial belief that higher weight in older age can protect against cognitive decline, which has taken hold among some clinicians in recent decades.

Children who have been spanked show reactions to threats similar to those who've experienced worse trauma. (Unsplash/Marcos Paulo Prado)
Children who have been spanked show reactions to threats similar to those who've experienced worse trauma. (Unsplash/Marcos Paulo Prado)In what is apparently the first investigation to look at the neuronal effects of spanking alone rather than its effects when accompanied by other kinds of physical punishment, researchers found that children who had been spanked showed greater brain activity after being exposed to threatening stimuli than those who had never been spanked, closely mirroring a pattern seen in children who have experienced more severe forms of maltreatment.

Engineers and social workers have developed a device intended to prevent quick access to a gun during a mental health crisis. (Unsplash/Thomas Def)
Engineers and social workers have developed a device intended to prevent quick access to a gun during a mental health crisis. (Unsplash/Thomas Def)University of Pittsburgh engineers teamed up with Department of Veterans Affairs social workers to develop a prototype of a key-locking device that may one day prevent veterans who are at risk of committing suicide from accessing a gun during a moment of crisis.

A rat study gives new clues about the damage childhood stress can do that leads to PTSD. (Pixabay/Shutterbug75)
A rat study gives new clues about the damage childhood stress can do that leads to PTSD. (Pixabay/Shutterbug75)Rats that were exposed to a highly distressing event as juveniles experienced changes in brain regions responsible for processing emotions and detecting danger, offering new clues about the mechanisms that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder in humans, following adverse events during childhood.

We're better at identifying happy screams than those of anger or terror. (Pixabay/StartupStockPhotos)
We're better at identifying happy screams than those of anger or terror. (Pixabay/StartupStockPhotos)Scientists at the University of Zurich have discovered that humans can more efficiently process and categorize screams that evoke positive or nonalarming emotions than those that communicate aggression or fear.

There's new relief for those who get a little queasy from VR adventures. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
There's new relief for those who get a little queasy from VR adventures. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Researchers have developed a vibrating platform that can reduce the effects of cybersickness for some virtual reality users, addressing an increasingly urgent problem as VR becomes more prevalent in education, art, entertainment and communications.

Infant sound processing can affect speech later in life. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Infant sound processing can affect speech later in life. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)Infants who have trouble distinguishing between native and nonnative speech may be more likely to develop speech-language disorders or to face challenges with grammar and vocabulary later in life, according to new research from scientists at Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington.

Researchers have identified 25 genes linked to depression, which might lead to more and better treatments. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Researchers have identified 25 genes linked to depression, which might lead to more and better treatments. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)In a major new comparative analysis, researchers isolated 25 genes that may play a causal role in depression, paving the way for novel treatments and offering key insights into the origins of the disorder.

Machine learning might help stop cyberattacks in future. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Machine learning might help stop cyberattacks in future. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)A novel machine-learning system can quantify the degree of change between multiple data inputs, enabling more accurate anomaly detection that could have wide-ranging applications in fields as varied as biomedicine, autonomous driving and network security.

The way your attention is focused can profoundly affect your hearing. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
The way your attention is focused can profoundly affect your hearing. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)University of Memphis researchers found that the degree of attention individuals pay to incoming sounds can influence even the earliest stages of brain processing — including those that scientists once thought were completely automatic.

Evidence may have been found that will establish the link between Parkinson's disease and melanoma. (Unsplash/Dirk Schumacher)
Evidence may have been found that will establish the link between Parkinson's disease and melanoma. (Unsplash/Dirk Schumacher)Researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have discovered a connection between the problematic molecules that appear in cases of melanoma and Parkinson's disease, providing a clue that could one day inform new treatments for both diseases.