July 2017

Business Insider: The ages you’re the smartest at everything throughout your life

If you think you’ve already witnessed the rise and fall of your peak self, researchers have news for you: As far as your intelligence is concerned, you likely have several new highs to look forward to. Some of them, like the ability to read others’ emotions or do basic arithmetic, don’t arrive until middle age […]

Science Daily: People find it difficult to judge how good their intuitions are

Whether people believe they are ‘intuitive’ or not may have no bearing on how they perform in tasks that require intuition, according to new research by psychologists at the University of Kent. Researchers Dr Mario Weick and Stefan Leach, of the University’s School of Psychology, found that the extent to which people feel confident about, […]

Medical Xpress: Stroke recovery linked to stimulating environment

A Queensland hospital has become the first to trial how increased activity in an acute stroke unit impacts on patients. Ingrid Rosbergen from The University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences said the study at Nambour General Hospital compared a sample of patients rehabilitated in an ‘enriched’ environment with patients rehabilitated in a […]

Mental Floss: How dangerous is a concussion?

It’s not football season, but the game is still making headlines: In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, neuropathologist Ann McKee and her colleagues examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players and found 110 of them to have the degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The condition has been […]

Forbes: The link between sugar and depression: What you should know

Sugar is everywhere in the news, and most of the news isn’t good. The latest comes from a study suggesting that sugar may contribute to depression in men. While the study didn’t prove cause and effect, the data is telling, and adds to a flood of findings linking sugar to a variety of bad health […]

Medical News Today: Bipolar disorder speeds up biological aging

A recently published study demonstrates a link between telomere length, which is a mark of biological aging, and bipolar risk. The research helps to explain why bipolar disorder often comes hand-in-hand with other age-related diseases. Individuals with bipolar disorder, which is sometimes referred to as manic depression, experience shifts in mood from feeling extremely energized […]

Harvard Health: Does drinking diet soda raise the risk of a stroke?

For diet soda fans, recent news reports linking these popular drinks to higher risk of stroke may have been alarming. A closer look at the study behind the headlines suggests there’s no need to panic. But beverages naturally low in calories are probably a healthier option than artificially sweetened drinks. (July 31, 2017) Read the […]

NPR: Why we all scream when we get ice cream brain freeze

Ah, the brain freeze — the signature pain of summer experienced by anyone who has eaten an ice cream cone with too much enthusiasm or slurped down a slushie a little too quickly. But have you ever stopped mid-freeze to think about why our bodies react like this? Well, researchers who study pain have, and […]

Practice Synthesizing Complex Information

Practice Synthesizing Complex Information Stretch and challenge your mind to construct deeper-level, abstract ideas. Continually interpret incoming information as often as possible. For example, practice devising a newspaper-like headline to capture the essence of what you experienced during a meeting or social gathering.

New Scientist: Keep having nightmares? You may be getting too much sleep

Have you recently arrived at work naked or turned up for an exam without revising? If you want to avoid having nightmares like these, it might be best to get less than 9 hours’ sleep a night. People often have nightmares following upsetting events, and research into nightmares has mostly focused on people with conditions […]