Brain Health

MedScape: Strength Training Boosts Memory in a Single Session

A single, brief session of resistance exercise done immediately after a visual learning task enhances episodic memory by about 10%, new research shows. Lisa Weinberg, a psychology graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, and colleagues found that a resistance workout lasting as little as 20 minutes improved recall of a series of […]

The Boston Globe: Do Brain Games Work?

The Brain Fit Club looks like any other gym: Hardwood floors gleam under bright lights, a big flat-screen television monitor hangs on the back wall. But some things are different: There are no towels and no mirrors, for instance, and computers perch expectantly on ledges along the wall. Those are the “brain treadmills,” where the […]

Tech Times: Bigger Brain Does Not Make One Smarter: Study

A bigger brain doesn’t always account for a smarter or more intelligent person, says a new study. The researchers acknowledge that the belief ‘bigger brain means smarter person’ is considered true in general and carries on even among many scientists, but their findings reveal increasingly common exceptions to the rule. The scientists conducted a systematic […]

Forbes: Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest

You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain. Research conducted at Stanford University found that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. The researchers also found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of […]

The Conversation: From Decisions to Disorders: How Neuroscience is Changing What We Know About Ourselves

People have wanted to understand our motivations, thoughts and behaviours since the ancient Greeks inscribed “know thyself” on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. And understanding the brain’s place in health and disease is one of this century’s greatest challenges – take Alzheimer’s, dementia and depression for example. There are many exciting contributions from neuroscience […]

Huffington Post: 4 Practical Steps for Changing Mental Habits

We are essentially a collection of habits. That sort of statement is not intended to minimize our complexity, but when human beings become “human doings” our thinking and behavior is informed more by structure and ritual than randomness. At times we can find these patterns to be somewhat unproductive and, at others, wholly destructive. When […]

Science Daily: Smoking Cannabis Doesn’t Make You More Creative, Study Suggests

People often think that smoking cannabis makes them more creative. However, research by Leiden psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Mikael Kowal shows that the opposite is true. They published their findings on 7 October in Psychopharmacology. The findings show that cannabis with a high concentration of the psychoactive ingredient THC does not improve creativity. Smokers who […]

Irish Examiner: UCC Probes Why Some Are More Resilient to Stress

Dubbed the health epidemic of the 21st century, scientists are looking to the human brain to combat the negative effects of stress. Since everyone deals with stress differently, they want to understand how some individuals are more resilient to stress than others. So far, neuroscientists at University College Cork have identified a mechanism that promotes […]