Brain Health

Market Watch: Brain games that could pay off in retirement

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are working overtime to answer this question, as the boomers grow older and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease remains elusive. The good news: Recent findings offer hope. “Cognitive aging is the biggest health crisis in our […]

Counsel & Heal: Distracted Mind? You Can Still See Blurred Lines

Some aspects of sight are not affected by mental overload, according to a new research. The research suggested that even as we’re processing million things at once, we are still sensitive to certain kinds of changes in our visual environment.  The study further noted that we can automatically detect changes in blur across our field […]

UCSD: How Our Brains Store Recent Memories, Cell by Single Cell

Confirming what neurocomputational theorists have long suspected, researchers at the Dignity Health Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. and University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that the human brain locks down episodic memories in the hippocampus, committing each recollection to a distinct, distributed fraction of individual cells. The findings, published in the […]

New Scientist: Our humming brains help us learn rapidly

Our brain’s ability to rapidly interpret and analyse new information may lie in the musical hum of our brainwaves. We continuously take in information about the world but establishing new neural connections and pathways – the process thought to underlie memory formation – is too slow to account for our ability to learn rapidly. Evan Antzoulatos and Earl Miller at the Massachusetts […]

US News & World Report: Anxiety May Affect Kids’ Brains

Children with anxiety problems actually have a bigger “fear center” in their brain, researchers report. The study included 76 children aged 7 to 9, which is when anxiety-related traits and symptoms can first be reliably detected, according to the Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. The parents provided information about their youngsters’ anxiety levels, and […]

Complex: Our Brains Are Designed to Enjoy Art, Study Finds

The human brain is actually designed to enjoy art, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto. It turns out looking at artwork activates a number of different areas in the brain, which suggests that art appreciation is actually a natural biological process. Scientists at the University of Toronto analyzed the combined […]

Daily Digest News: Study: Chronic stress can change the brain

Chronic stress has the ability to change a person’s brain in ways that can affect memory and lead to mental illness. Research out of the University of California, Berkeley has determined that prolonged and excessive levels of stress hormones alter the structure of the brain by causing extra white matter to be produced. Abnormalities in […]

NPR: Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Even if you can’t keep a beat, your brain can. “The brain absolutely has rhythm,” says Nathan Urban, a neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. When you concentrate, Urban says, your brain produces rapid, rhythmic electrical impulses called gamma waves. When you relax, it generates much slower alpha waves. The internal cadences of the brain […]