Brain Health

Newsworks: Taming Our Inner CEO to Find Creativity

Having mature frontal lobes are a huge part of what makes us human. It’s the major reason we’re able to control our impulses, plan our actions, filter out all the distractions, and basically not punch people in the face every time they annoy us. “And that is obviously good,” notes Thompson-Schill. “It’s good to have […]

NPR: Studying? Take a Break and Embrace Your Distractions

School is starting, and students across the country are about to spend a lot of time in the classroom and in the library. And as they crack their textbooks open, they’re going to hear a lot of familiar advice about how to study right. Sit still, in a quiet place. Avoid distractions. Keep your focus […]

NFL Notes: Heady Play by Tom Brady

Tom Brady is no different than most superstar athletes. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to improve his performance on the field. The past few years, that’s even meant using innovative methods to keep his brain in top shape. With the help of his longtime “body coach” Alex Guerrero, who has kept the Patriots […]

CTV News: Better Sleep Leads to Better Motor Learning, Study Shows

Amid mounting evidence of the important relationship between sleep and motor learning, researchers at the University of Montreal have identified areas of the brain that are critical in training the body’s movements and found these regions communicate better after a good night’s sleep. Although sleep is well-known in the scientific community to aid motor learning, […]

Newsweek: Is Emailing Your Brainwaves the Future of Communication?

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect in your inbox: Researchers have now developed a way to email brainwaves. A study published in PLOS One on Wednesday details how an international research team transmitted words from one person’s brain to another by mapping electrical currents in the brain and the spine. Scientists have been studying the […]

Wall Street Journal: The Golden Age of Neuroscience Has Arrived

More than a billion people were amazed this summer when a 29-year-old paraplegic man from Brazil raised his right leg and kicked a soccer ball to ceremonially begin the World Cup. The sight of a paralyzed person whose brain directly controlled a robotic exoskeleton (designed at Duke University) was thrilling. We are now entering the […]

TIME: 5 Secrets to Improve Learning and Memory

You’re not going to learn much passively. Re-reading material four times was not nearly as effective as reading it once and writing a summary. Even just writing by hand is beneficial. More effort, better results. There is a system for developing a near-photographic memory and it works, but takes some practice. The two key things […]

MedScape: Moral Judgment in Frontal Lobe Lesions

Social cognition is thought to be impaired in patients with prefrontal vascular lesions and in those with the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia, according to several clinical reports. Although both conditions are also thought to be associated with impairment of moral reasoning, little research has directly compared moral reasoning in these 2 groups of patients. […]

Medical Xpress: Targeted Brain Training May Help You Multitask Better

The area of the brain involved in multitasking and ways to train it have been identified by a research team at the IUGM Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal and the University of Montreal. The research includes a model to better predict the effectiveness of this training. Cooking while having a conversation, watching a movie […]

Forbes: 7 Science-Backed Methods To Get You Out Of Your Head

People get stuck in their heads all the time – some of us more than others. Although it’s lovely to ponder life and be inquisitive about yourself, the problem is that the majority of our thoughts are not so upbeat. When we’re in mind-wandering mode (a.k.a., “in your head”), thoughts usually turn to what bills […]