Brain Health

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 […]

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 […]