Shriraj Susarla

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Shriraj is part of the Current Research Team at Morning Sign Out.

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Have you ever heard the phrase “suspense is in the air?” For the first time, scientists are discovering that there is actually truth to this old saying. A new study conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz studied the air in various movie theaters as people watched … Read More

Jennifer Reilly, an active, healthy 27-year-old woman, was surprised to wake in the night with an agonizing headache. The next day, she related the incident to a co-worker, who insisted she see a doctor. At the UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Liebeskind informed her that she’d had a stroke. “I was really skeptical,” said Reilly. She … Read More

Obesity is one of the most prevalent disorders in the US, affecting over a third of adults. A disease resulting largely from over-eating or an unhealthy diet, obesity occurs when excess fatty deposits build up around one’s body. As a risk factor for many other chronic diseases, it is a serious condition and a leading research topic of today. … Read More

Which is smarter–a computer, or one’s brain? Though most people may be compelled to say that a human brain would win in a toss-up, there are some aspects in which the brain falls short. For instance, humans don’t quite measure up in reaction time. While computers can make complex decisions in a thousandth of a second, humans find themselves … Read More

We’ve all been in this situation: it’s a busy day, we’ve been sitting in front of the computer screen for a few hours, and we’re beginning to get restless. Eventually, all that pent up energy starts being released, little by little—we begin to move around in our chair, perhaps tapping our fingers, or wiggling our … Read More

Are you a morning person, or do you like to burn the midnight oil? Whether you are a night owl who prefers working late nights or an “early to bed, early to rise” type, you are influenced not by your habits, but also by your genes. In a novel study by genetics company 23andMe, scientists located 15 regions of the human genome linked … Read More

Sometimes, the unbelievable can happen. He said his mother died 15 years ago, but when he turned around, he swore he saw her for a split second. When he looked back, there was nothing there. This was the experience of Jordan Grafman, a cognitive neuroscientist and the director of brain injury research at the Rehabilitation … Read More

Have you ever wondered whether a bigger brain is a smarter brain? Scientists have pondered this question for ages: why do some species have larger brains compared to their body mass, while others have tiny brains and massive bodies? In the past, scientists believed that bigger brains relative to body size were more intelligent, but there … Read More

Obesity is one of the biggest global health issues of the modern age. Over-eating and lack of exercise are common causes, and people are always searching for new ways to control excess weight gain. There are numerous diets, exercise routines, medications, and other treatments meant to curb obesity. However, new research shows that we may have … Read More

Is it possible to enter a dream state whenever we’d like? Neuroscientists at UC Berkeley can send a sleeping mouse into the land of dreams. Their study showed that an optogenetic switch (on/off switch for neurons) implanted into nerve cells of the brain’s medulla can activate or inactivate neurons. With neuronal activation, the sleeping mice entered REM sleep within seconds. REM sleep is a dream … Read More

Is height important? It can be when riding a roller coaster or trying out for the school’s volleyball team. Generally, however, height doesn’t have a significant impact on people’s daily lives. But a new study done by researchers at the University of Leicester may just change that perception. According to their findings, height is correlated with a decreased risk … Read More

Living in the material world, one cannot help indulging in a few material things.  Especially when shopping around for that perfect gift, it’s always hard to resist making a few more purchases since the temptation to buy is so strong. However, does shopping in this way bring only false pleasure, and should one curb the … Read More

Each of us has unique fingerprints and DNA. But now, Yale University researchers have revealed a new identifier: our brains. Co-author Emily Finn, a Yale neuroscience student, says that we intuitively recognize that we have unique personalities that are easy to observe from the outside, but very tough to observe from the inside. Yet, it is … Read More

Animals are born with many natural instincts and reflexes. Yet, we as humans possess a unique ability that is “trust”. We have faith in whom we trust, and we place our confidence accordingly. This ability is a key part of being a human, and it is essential to our physical and mental well-being to have someone … Read More

Autoimmune diseases occur when the body’s immune system, which defends the body against diseases and infections, instead attacks the body’s healthy cells. These diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes, affect up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). In fact, MS alone affects around 2.5 million … Read More

Life in the 21st century is different from what it once was. Most of us live in contemporary homes in cozy suburban neighborhoods or stacked cities surrounded by modern technology such as the Internet, TVs or automobiles. The only plants we really see are the trees that line our neighborhoods. Only a small fraction of … Read More

Can being preoccupied or absorbed affect our senses? A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience by UCL reports that deep attention on a visual task can momentarily make one “deaf” to normal level sound. Brain scans of 13 volunteers revealed that people engaged in a challenging visual task exhibited reduced brain responses to sound … Read More

Our brains have 100 trillion synapses that form complex road maps to our personalities. Oxford University‘s new study indicates that brain connectivity correlates to a person’s lifestyle and behaviors. University scientists from the Center for fMRI investigated the brain connections of 461 people, which they then compared to the subject’s behavior traits and demographic measures. Their … Read More

Is physical exercise beneficial only to the body or is it linked to brain development too? A new study published in Brain Plasticity implies that exercise is indeed heavily related to the maturation of the brain. The results show that mice exercising on wheels had improved brain ability in distinguishing new from familiar objects; these mice … Read More

Video games have often been viewed as the culprits behind inactivity of children, turning them into couch potatoes. However, a recent study conducted by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville could change this belief. The university published an article in the Games for Health Journal that indicates that certain video games may actually provide modest to intense workouts … Read More

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