Brain Health

Science Codex: First brain images of African infants enable research into cognitive effects of nutrition

Brain activity of babies in developing countries could be monitored from birth to reveal the first signs of cognitive dysfunction, using a new technique piloted by a London-based university collaboration. The cognitive function of infants can be visualised and tracked more quickly, more accurately and more cheaply using the method, called functional near infra-red spectroscopy […]

HealthLineNews: Is ‘Sluggish Cognitive Tempo’ a New Disorder or an Extension of ADHD?

More than six million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that number has been increasing steadily in recent years. Now, some mental health researchers are pushing for acceptance of a second attention disorder, raising concerns about overdiagnosis and overtreatment of these types of conditions. Known as sluggish […]

Express: Could fish oils help children with ADHD?

The trial, just published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, found when the omega oil pill is used alongside prescription medicines doses can be reduced, which lowers the risk of side effects. Researchers concluded the combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is “an effective, well-tolerated treatment for children with ADHD”. The findings are so […]

Discover Magazine: Talk With Your Hands? You’re Doing It Right

Why might there be a relationship between memory and gesture? An intriguing (if still somewhat fuzzy) theory holds that gestures free up working memory. Speech production requires what psychologists call “thinking for speaking”—that is, putting the message we want to communicate into the appropriate structures, words, and sounds. Gestures may help us organize our thoughts, […]

Sun-Sentinel: First Years Critical for Healthy Brain Development

When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development. “Parents play a daily role in promoting lifelong health by focusing on positive ways to nurture brain development, starting […]

Business Insider: There’s A Shocking Connection Between Eating More Chocolate And Winning The Nobel Prize

Since chocolate consumption could hypothetically improve cognitive function not only in individuals but also in whole populations, I wondered whether there would be a correlation between a country’s level of chocolate consumption and its population’s cognitive function. To my knowledge, no data on overall national cognitive function are publicly available. Conceivably, however, the total number […]

Medical News Today: Performing tasks in preferred temperature may boost working memory

According to the research team, including Leiden University psychologists Lorenza Colzato and Roberta Sellaro, past studies have suggested that cooler environments boost cognitive performance when carrying our complex thinking tasks. Other research, including a study from the Kessler Foundation in 2012, indicates that warmer temperatures may boost cognitive performance.  (April 21, 2014) http://bit.ly/1r9mzPu

Doctor Tipster: Cognitive Decline Can Result From Poor Sleep in Older Men

Sleep is composed of different stages that form a cycle throughout the night. Good sleep is not just all about how many hours you have slept but also on how much of the various stages of sleep you get each night. The brain is responsible for these stages because it never actually sleeps while you […]