Brain Health

Medical Daily: Nostalgia Activates Parts Of The Brain For Better Mental Performance

Cornell University researchers just reversed the idea nostalgia doesn’t activate the parts of your brain responsible for better mental performance; it 100 percent does. “The prevailing view is that activating brain regions referred to as the default network impairs performance on attention-demanding tasks because this network is associated with behaviors such as mind-wandering,” Nathan Spreng, […]

Huffington Post: Recalibrating the Mind of Our Nation’s Warriors

The time for action is now to address the immense needs of our nation’s warfighters. Every day we fail to act, more lives are lost to suicide than killed in action from combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. And for those warriors returning to civilian life, estimates suggest many face the signature health issues of […]

Mashable: Your Next Psychologist May Prescribe ‘The Legend of Zelda’

When Carly McCullar, 32, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as an adult, she wanted to improve her social and communication skills before heading into the next stage of her life. Never having received such help before, she volunteered to participate in a unique treatment program: virtual reality. The program, a collaborative effort from gaming […]

PR Web: New Brain Research into Decision-Making Models Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal

New brain pathway research that advances our understanding of the processes that go into everyday decision-making has been released, offering up new ways of understanding the human condition. The study creates models for understanding individuals’ emotional and behavioral pathways during the decision-making process. In addition, the study applies Bonnstetter’s, et al.’s models to chronic anxiety, […]

Chicago Tribune: The Brain on Overload: Myth of Multitasking, Significance of Memory

You’re not as good at multitasking as you think you are. “We try to juggle a bunch of things at once, but multitasking is a myth,” said Daniel J. Levitin, dean of arts and humanities at Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. “The brain is really shifting from one activity to the next. You’re fracturing […]

Science Daily: A Rich Vocabulary Can Protect Against Cognitive Impairment

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain’s cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such […]

Science Daily: Mental Rest and Reflection Boost Learning, Study Suggests

A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they’ve learned before, may boost later learning. Scientists have already established that resting the mind, as in daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information. In […]

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 […]