Brain Health

Bloomberg: Brain Training Seen as Dud for Attention-Deficit Children

Robin Hansen was hoping to help her son pass a community-college baking course when she heard about Cogmed software. Hansen paid a psychologist $1,500 for the five-week training program, sold as a learning and memory aid. Her son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, worked 50 minutes, five days a week, on Cogmed’s memory […]

BBC: Mobile phone child health risk investigation

A major investigation into whether mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect children’s mental development is getting under way. The study – funded by the government and industry – will track 2,500 11- and 12-year-olds from September. It will look at their cognitive ability – thinking skills, memory and attention – and then repeat the […]

British Psychological Society : Can cognitive training boost self-control?

Cognitive theories tell us that one way of enhancing self-control may be to change the automatic associations we build throughout our lives between the stimuli around us and our responses. In 2011, Dr Katrijn Houben from the University of Maastricht provided support for this idea by showing that training people to stop simple motor actions to unhealthy […]

Huffington Post: The Arts Are Chocolate for the Brain

This was one of Dr. Gene Cohen’s favorite sayings. He was a gero-psychiatrist, research scientist, and author of the book, The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. Dr. Cohen believed mature adults can improve their cognitive skills and overall health by participating in the performing and creative arts. Findings from his […]

Nature World News: What Your Brain Does When You Meditate

Researchers have recently discovered how different meditation techniques cause brain activity to change in remarkably different ways, showing that meditation can truly impact the activity of the mind. These findings are detailed in a study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. According to the studyHceck out, researchers assessed the brains of 14 participants in […]

Times of India: Meditation helps military personnel fight stress

Mindfulness training – a combination of meditation and body awareness exercises – can help help soldiers prepare for and recover from stressful combat situations, a study showed. Incorporating meditative practices into pre-deployment training might be a way to help military personnel reduce rates of stress-related health conditions, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and […]

MSNBC: Obama will tackle concussions during sports summit

The White House hopes to inform the public about sports-related injuries by hosting a conference next week, when President Barack Obama is expected to unveil new commitments by the public and private sectors aimed at raising awareness against those damages. Obama has invited athletes, coaches and parents to attend the White House Healthy Kids and Safe […]

Medical Xpress: Genes play key role in brain injury risk for premature babies

Premature babies’ risk of brain injury is influenced by their genes, a new study suggests. Researchers have identified a link between injury to the developing brain and common variation in genes associated with schizophrenia and the metabolism of fat. The study builds on previous research, which has shown that being born prematurely – before 37 […]