Brain Education

Observer-Reporter: Motorcycle helmets make sense, save lives

With the informal arrival of summer this weekend, you’re bound to see more and more people out on our streets and highways on motorcycles, revving up their engines and blasting off with the strains of the Steppenwolf oldie “Born to be Wild” ricocheting through their heads. Too many of those heads, unfortunately, will be unprotected. […]

Youth Health: 3D films may delay brain aging

Movie goers are up for some good news, watching 3D movies actually exercise the brain and improve short -term functioning at the same rate as brain-training tests. Thus, it promotes brain function and delays brain aging, study claims. According to a study led by neuroscientists from Goldsmiths University, people who have been watching 3D movies […]

Dementia Daily: Socialising for better brain health

Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Perminder Sachdev, co-directors, centre for healthy brain ageing (CHeBA) give some tips about socialising for better brain health. People who have more social contacts are less likely to develop dementia and will generally be affected by Alzheimer’s disease about a decade later than their less-social peers. This could just be reverse […]

CNN: ‘I’m bad with names’ is a real thing

There is a very simple reason why it’s so easy for the names of new acquaintances to slip right out of your head within moments of being introduced: Names are kind of meaningless. Memory experts say that the more pathways back to a memory you have, the easier it becomes to retrieve that memory, and […]

Brain Blogger: Dissociation and psychosis

Dissociation represents a condition of disconnection from events and states that are usually integrated. These include many conditions of consciousness, such as memory, identity and perception. Derealization comprises a state in which the world and the environment “feel” unreal to the individual residing in this state. Both depersonalization and derealization are aspects of dissociation represented by […]

Bristol Herald Courier: A heads-up call for cyclists

Do you need to wear a bike helmet? You wouldn’t think that would still be a controversial question, but it is, according to Consumer Reports, which works to improve the lives of consumers by driving marketplace change. The anti-helmet contingent offers arguments such as: “Forcing people to wear helmets makes cycling seem dangerous,” and “It […]

Brainerd Daily Dispatch: HealthWatch: Concussion: The sprained ankle of the brain

When you sprain an ankle you have some immediate pain and swelling. When you suffer a concussion you have similar swelling, which impacts performance. The swelling of the ankle is nature’s way of getting you to rest the injury so it can recover and reduce the chance of reinjury or a worse injury. (May 20, […]

Oncology Nurse Advisor: Chemobrain is a real cognitive effect

Dubbed chemo brain, the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long been suspected, but the study is the first to explain why patients have difficulty paying attention. Breast cancer survivors were asked to complete a set of tasks while researchers in the Departments of Psychology and Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia in […]

The Atlantic: When the brain can’t make its own maps

Sharon Roseman, 68, has a grinning, pink lobster outside her home in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. She calls him Louie, and when she comes home, the lobster’s gaudy presence is the only thing that lets her know for sure that she’s made it to the right house.  Locating what should be a familiar landmark isn’t just […]

New York Times: Is it ordinary memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease?

Fears about memory issues, commonplace among those of us who often misplace our cellphones and mix up the names of our children, are likely to skyrocket as baby boomers move into their 70s, 80s and beyond. Many may be unwilling to wait to have their memories tested until symptoms develop that could herald encroaching dementia […]