Brain Health

The Guardian: Dementia Treatment Depends on Cause

Before Alzheimer’s Disease became a household word, the combination of forgetfulness and agitation were typically categorized under the catch-all terms dementia, senior dementia or senility. Today, it is Alzheimer’s that has become the catchall despite the fact that dementia is caused by many diseases and proper treatment depends on identifying the cause. Doctors use the […]

International Business Times: Mind Games Push Athletes Beyond Their Limits

New research shows athletes can be tricked into beating their personal best if they are told they are performing worse than they are. The technique helps athletes overcome an artificial performance limit set by the brain, which normally protects the body from exhaustion and injury. It was tested on 14 competitive male cyclists who took part in […]

CBC: Brain games to boost IQ may overreach

Some brain training games suggest they’ll help raise your IQ, but the evidence for benefits in daily life are far from solid. The premise behind “cognitive training” is that the brain is like a muscle — use it or lose it. Just as working up a sweat flexes and trains the body, the mental exercise of brain […]

Huffington Post: Speaking Two Languages May Slow Brain Aging

Just like exercise helps your body stay strong, exercising your mind also keeps your brain sharp. And what better way to do just that than by learning another language? Indeed new research published in Annals of Neurology reveals that people who speak two or more languages — even those who learned the second language as […]

The Globe and Mail: Therapeutic benefits of music being used to treat Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression

Music therapy became a clinical profession in the 1940s, after doctors and nurses noticed that war veterans suffering emotional and physical trauma responded well to musicians who gave volunteer performances in hospitals. Nevertheless, the profession spent decades on the fringes of medical science, until the early 1990s when advances in neuro-imaging technologies confirmed that musical […]

Discover Magazine: At The Right Hand of Sleep

When we’re drowsy, and on the point of falling asleep, our awareness of the outside world tends to dim. But a fascinating new paper reports that, for most people, it’s the left side of the world that dims the most. The study comes from neuroscientists Corinna Bareham and colleagues from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. Sleepy participants […]

Medical Xpress: High-frequency nerve signals let mice remember how to make the right move

Information processing in the brain is complex and involves both the processing of sensory inputs and the conversion of those inputs into behavior. The passing of electrical oscillations between networks of neurons in different parts of the brain is thought to be a critical component of cognition as well as conscious perception and awareness, but […]

Psych Central: Study Probes Brain Regions Tied to Compulsive Actions

As published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers show that people who are affected by disorders of compulsivity have lower grey matter volumes in the brain regions involved in keeping track of goals and rewards. In order to understand what happens when the decision-making processes malfunction, researchers from the University of Cambridge compared almost 150 individuals […]

MotherBoard: Scientists Hacked Monkey Brains to Electronically Control Their Decisions

While your brain should still be safe from hackers for some time yet, a new study, in which macaques had their choices controlled by electrical impulses, adds to a growing body of work that suggests brains can be manipulated with a surprising degree of precision. Using electrodes implanted in the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a region deep in the brain associated […]