Brain Health

The Southern: Study says laughing can bring brain waves into mock-meditative state

Want the potential mental and physical health benefits of meditation without the work of chasing away all those intrusive thoughts and feelings? Try laughing, a new study suggests. Laughter — the real kind associated with genuine joy and mirth — sets off brain wave patterns quite similar to those generated when experienced meditators ply their […]

News4: Lack of sleep driving you crazy?

“If you don’t get enough sleep, and you get in a chronic state of that, then you look just like someone who has early-onset Alzheimer’s,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for BrainHealth. Chapman says sleep helps the brain clear waste and consolidate memories. One British study found people who […]

Scientific American: Neurofeedback Increases Affection, Builds Empathy

Too many heated arguments rely on the cliché “I’m not a mind reader” to excuse one individual’s ignorance of another’s mental states. But now scientists based at the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro believe they can amplify affection by letting individuals read their own minds. The approach relies […]

India West: Indian American-Led Study Finds Gene that Boosts Memory

A new study by lead author Dr. Dena Dubal, an Indian American assistant professor of neurology at the University of California at San Francisco, has discovered that a common form of a gene long associated with long life also improves learning and memory. The findings, published May 8 in Cell Reports, could have ramifications to […]

NY Daily News: Scientists to study how mobile phones change teen brains

British scientists launched a major government-commissioned study on Tuesday into the effects of mobile phone usage on the developing brains of children. About 2,500 children from London will be tested at the age of 11 and 12, and then again two years later, to assess how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to their changing […]

Bloomberg: Brain Training Seen as Dud for Attention-Deficit Children

Robin Hansen was hoping to help her son pass a community-college baking course when she heard about Cogmed software. Hansen paid a psychologist $1,500 for the five-week training program, sold as a learning and memory aid. Her son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, worked 50 minutes, five days a week, on Cogmed’s memory […]

BBC: Mobile phone child health risk investigation

A major investigation into whether mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect children’s mental development is getting under way. The study – funded by the government and industry – will track 2,500 11- and 12-year-olds from September. It will look at their cognitive ability – thinking skills, memory and attention – and then repeat the […]

British Psychological Society : Can cognitive training boost self-control?

Cognitive theories tell us that one way of enhancing self-control may be to change the automatic associations we build throughout our lives between the stimuli around us and our responses. In 2011, Dr Katrijn Houben from the University of Maastricht provided support for this idea by showing that training people to stop simple motor actions to unhealthy […]