Brain Health

New York Times: How Brain Myths Could Hurt Kids

The idea that we only use 10 percent of our brains has been roundly debunked — but, according to Paul Howard-Jones, an associate professor of neuroscience and education, teachers don’t necessarily know that. In an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, he reveals the disturbing prevalence of this and other “neuromyths” in classrooms around the world, […]

ABC Local: UA Researchers Study the Aging Brain to Improve Mental Health

Red wine, dark chocolate and exercise can all help keep your brain healthy as you age, but University of Arizona researchers say there is still so much to learn about how the brain ages and how to keep it healthier longer. At the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, researchers like Carol Barnes study how the […]

New York Magazine: This Is What MDMA Does to Your Brain

MDMA increases activity of three neurotransmitters — the brain chemicals responsible for relaying information throughout the brain and body —  including serotonin, which is associated with mood. And though the drug is usually associated with club culture and those darn youths, some scientists are taking MDMA’s potential very seriously, and are currently investigating it for […]

Scientific American: Sound Waves Can Heal Brain Disorders

The brain is protected by formidable defenses. In addition to the skull, the cells that make up the blood-brain barrier keep pathogens and toxic substances from reaching the central nervous system. The protection is a boon, except when we need to deliver drugs to treat illnesses. Now researchers are testing a way to penetrate these […]

Business Wire: AnthroTronix Receives FDA Clearance for Brain Health Assessment Tool

AnthroTronix, a research and development company that designs health technology, announced today it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for its computerized cognitive test battery known as DANA™. DANA™ provides clinicians with objective measurements of reaction time (speed and accuracy) to aid in the assessment of an individual’s medical or psychological state. […]

ABC Local: The Practicing Parent: Sleep Facts

Practicing Parents know the importance of sleep all too well. Mostly, because they probably haven’t had a good night’s rest in quite a while! Here are some sleep facts: The average new parent loses 1,056 hours of sleep the first year of their child’s life. That’s almost 44 days! You can go two weeks without […]

The Atlantic: Walking for a Better Brain

When a 70-year-old man walked the length of the United States in 1909, he sparked a conversation that ultimately changed medicine’s ideas about the value of exercise in old age. Edward Payson Weston started off on foot from New York to San Francisco in March 1909. He was 70 years old, and would eventually arrive […]

Wall Street Journal: Teen Researchers Defend Media Multitasking

Some teens doing homework while listening to music and juggling tweets and texts may actually work better that way, according to an intriguing new study performed by two high-school seniors. The Portland, Ore., students were invited to the annual conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Diego this past weekend to present a […]

The Guardian: How to Keep Your Brain Healthy

Neuroscience research got a huge boost last week with news of Professor John O’Keefe’s Nobel prize for work on the “brain’s internal GPS system”. It is an exciting new part of the giant jigsaw puzzle of our brain and how it functions. But how does cutting-edge neuroscience research translate into practical advice about how to […]

Medical Xpress: What Happens to Your Brain When Your Mind is at Rest?

For many years, the focus of brain mapping was to examine changes in the brain that occur when people are attentively engaged in an activity. No one spent much time thinking about what happens to the brain when people are doing very little. These observations ultimately produced ground-breaking work that led to the concept of […]