February 2017

Alzheimer’s News Today: Prolonged sleep may predict future risk of dementia, study shows

Sleeping for more than nine hours each night may predict the risk of developing dementia, and people who sleep a lot tend to have smaller brains. Those are among the findings in a new study, “Prolonged sleep duration as a marker of early neurodegeneration predicting incident dementia,” that appeared recently in the journal Neurology. Evidence from past studies have […]

Scientific American: The power of overlearning

When you want to learn something new, you practice. Once you get the hang of it, you can hopefully do what you learned—whether it’s parallel parking or standing backflips—on the next day, and the next. If not, you fall back to stage one and practice some more. But your brain may have a shortcut that […]

Huffington Post: What working moms and dads don’t have in common

It’s news that won’t surprise any mom: A new study finds that women with children are more likely to be worn out from lack of sleep than women who don’t have children, especially if they work outside the home. But here’s the twist. While sleep deprivation has made many working mothers feel like zombies, fathers […]

Futurism: Air pollution increases your risk of dementia

Studies show that molecules of pollution known as PM2.5 are a risk factor contributing to the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Further study is needed to see how the pollution enters the brain and proceeds to harm it. (February 27, 2017) Read the full article here

Men’s Health Magazine: Eat this for breakfast to boost your brain

Every day, an estimated 6,800 new peer-reviewed academic articles are published. That’s a whole lot of science to wade through—but don’t fret. We’ll do the legwork for you, each and every morning. Here’s your daily dose of the latest discoveries from journals, research institutions, and news outlets from around the world. (February 27, 2017) Read […]

Psychology Today: Biofeedback for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Biofeedback is widely used to treat stress-related disorders. Promising findings in PTSD have been reported in two specialized areas of biofeedback based on cardiac coherence training using heart-rate variability (HRV) monitoring and brain wave recordings (ie, electroencephalography), respectively. (February 26, 2017) Read the full article here

Psychology Today: The surprising effects of parents’ sleep deprivation

You sneak in some past-your-bedtime alone time at the end of a long day, then wake up early to make lunches and take a shower before the kids wake up. Parents deal with sleep deprivation all the time, but they may not be aware of the underlying channels through which their tiredness affects their children. (February […]