Brain Health

NPR: Hacking The Brain With Electricity: Don’t Try This At Home

It’s the latest craze for people who want to improve their mental performance — zapping the brain with electricity to make it sharper and more focused. It’s called “brain hacking,” and some people are experimenting with it at home. The idea’s not completely crazy. Small jolts of electricity targeted at specific areas of the brain […]

Live Science: Five Brain Challenges We Can Overcome in the Next Decade

Just prior to him leaving office, I was asked by John Beddington, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, to scope the future of neuroscience over the next ten years. It seemed to me that the best way to consider this was to determine how we could improve brain health for a flourishing society. Clearly, mental health […]

MedScape: Cognitive Effects of Workplace Solvent Exposure May Persist

New research suggests that intense workplace exposure, especially recent exposure, to chemical solvents may lead to cognitive impairment that doesn’t diminish over time. The study found deficits in psychomotor speed, semantic fluency, immediate recall, and executive function in men decades after their exposure to solvents had ceased. Previous research had shown that solvents can cause […]

CTV News: ‘Nondirective’ meditation is most effective according to neuroscientists

Instead of imagining yourself on a hot, sunny beach, the more effective meditative method is to let the mind wander aimlessly, says a team of researchers from Norway and Australia. Because during MRI tests, subjects who practiced “nondirective” meditation — the kind that encourages the mind to wander at will — were found to have higher […]

Live Science: Students Risk Brain Problems from ‘Smart’ Drugs

More than a million American students misuse prescription drugs in hopes of boosting their attention, memory or energy levels. But taking these drugs could cause long-term impairments in brain function, recent animal studies suggest. “Smart drugs” that may improve brain performance in the short term appear to have lasting effects on developing brains, making them less adaptable for […]

Forbes: Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning

Although academics, including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and education researchers, have waged fierce debates about what these different needs are—some talk about multiple intelligences and learning styles whereas others point to research that undermines these notions—what no one disputes is that each student learns at a different pace. Some students learn quickly. Others learn more slowly. […]

Ny News 1: Mediterranean Style Diet Can Help Prevent Brain Aging

Certain foods can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and keep your brain sharp in general. NY1’s Jill Urban filed the following report. We’ve all heard the expression you are what you eat, and that is especially true when it comes to taking care of your brain. Dr. Richard Isaacson is the director of the Alzheimer’s […]

ABC: ‘Blending’ is the key to humanity’s evolution, culture and success

We all know that human beings are capable of great thought, imagination and foresight, but science still hasn’t worked out why or how. Cognitive scientist Mark Turner believes the answer lays in a process he calls ‘blending’. As I see it, there was no lightning flash that struck some lone human being and turned him or her […]

CBS: ER visits for traumatic brain injury spike 30 percent

The rate of emergency room visits for traumatic brain injury increased by 30 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers say the uptick in urgent care for concussions and other related head injuries may be the result of public health campaigns, legislation and […]

LA Times: Concussions, other brain injuries prompt more patients to visit the ER

Between 2006 and 2010, the total number of visits to emergency departments in a nationwide sample of hospitals grew by 3.6%. During that same period, the number of visits by patients seeking treatment for a traumatic brain injury grew by 29.1%, researchers report in Wednesday’s edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn. The eight-fold […]