Brain Education

Reuters: Mediterranean diet may help maintain brain health

Elderly people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet may benefit from better brain health and a lower risk for cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new U.S. study. “It suggests that a healthy dietary pattern and specific dietary components have impact on biomarkers of brain pathology,” senior researcher Rosebud Roberts of the Mayo Clinic’s […]

Medical Daily: Seasonal allergies may affect your memory: Study finds new link

Seasonal allergies are an inconvenient nuisance, but a recent study suggests their long-term effect may go further than simply ruining a perfect spring day. New research has found that seasonal allergens are able to change the brains of mice in ways still not completely understood. (August 8, 2016) Read the full article here

UPI: Study: Read more books, live a longer life

Everybody reads — how else to consume the endless stream of posts on Facebook and Twitter — but a new study suggests reading a book for as little as 30 minutes a day may help people live longer. Books, but not necessarily newspapers, magazines or other sources of written material, may lower the risk of […]

Brain Blogger: Can technology change how our brain works?

Smartphones and other electronic devices have changed the way we communicate and the way we interact with the world. But to what extent can technology change us? Most importantly, can it change our brain? (August 6, 2016) Read the full article here

The Guardian: Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Around the world, more than half of people – estimates vary from 60-75% – speak at least two languages. Many countries have more than one official national language – South Africa has 11. People are increasingly expected to speak, read and write at least one of a handful of “super” languages, such as English, Chinese, […]

Cheat Sheet: Why you need to take a concussion seriously

Taking a hit to the head is almost expected for kids horsing around or athletes involved in contact sports, so most of us act as though a concussion is the same as a bruised knee. It’s no big deal. You get up, shake it of, take a breather, then you’re good to go. But what […]

Science Blog: Study finds brain connections key to reading

A new study from MIT reveals that a brain region dedicated to reading has connections for that skill even before children learn to read. By scanning the brains of children before and after they learned to read, the researchers found that they could predict the precise location where each child’s visual word form area (VWFA) […]

Medical Daily: Being curious improves your decision-making: New study

After generations of thinking that curiosity killed the cat, a new study shows that curiosity can actually result in better behavior choices. New findings presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association show that feeling curious can help people make smarter, and even sometimes healthier, decisions. (August 4, 2016) Read the full article […]