Brain Health

Fox News: Task-oriented exercise may help with mild memory loss

An exercise program that challenges the mind while mimicking daily tasks may improve mental functioning in older adults with mild cognitive decline, according to a new study. The trial found significant positive changes, lasting several months, among seniors with memory and thinking changes serious enough to be noticed by others but not so severe as […]

Nature World News: Big Brains Evolved to Help Humans See Better

According to researchers at the University of Bath, bigger brains help humans perceive more information from their visual fields and help reduce visual illusions. The research adds weight to the idea that size of certain brain areas such as the visual cortex played an important role in human evolution. The team found that the brain region dedicated to vision […]

Tech Times: Keep your brain busy, lower risk of cognitive decline: Study

One of the unwanted things associated with growing old is cognitive decline with 25 to 50 percent of adults 85 years old and over showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition marked by progressive memory impairment. Keeping your brain busy by reading, playing music and using the computer though may increase your chances of being […]

UC San Diego Health System: The Brain’s Balancing Act

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a fundamental mechanism by which the brain maintains its internal balance. The mechanism, described in the June 22 advanced online publication of the journal Nature, involves the brain’s most basic inner wiring and the processes that control whether a neuron relays information to […]

The Advertiser: Use your hands; improve your brain

In a much-read essay, Maria Konnikova cites several studies revealing what’s lost when people replace handwriting with a keyboard. At Indiana University, for example, psychologist Karin James showed preliterate children a letter on an index card and asked them to reproduce it by tracing, drawing on blank paper or typing on a computer. The children […]

Time: This Is the Brain Circuit That Makes You Shy

Brain researchers have long known that certain chemicals known as neurotransmitters soar or drop depending on what we’re doing and how we feel. Based on these observations, drug companies have developed an armada of medications aimed at mimicking these changes to treat everything from depression, hyperactivity and even social anxiety or shyness. But there’s a difference between observing […]

Fox News: Keeping brain active may delay cognitive decline by 9 years, study says

Challenging the mind early with education and stimulating work, and later in life with reading, socializing and computer use, may help keep it thinking clearly into old age, according to new research. In the study of people in their seventies and eighties without dementia, those with more years of education, mentally stimulating jobs and greater […]