Brain Health

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)

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 […]

ABC News: Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better, New Study Finds

In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones. You guessed it; those who got to […]

My Brain Test: Your Brain Loves Coffee for Good Reasons

Coffee beans are full of antioxidents. It turns out that many people receive almost all of their antioxidents from drinking coffee, with tea and bananas a distant second and third choice. While coffee is a reasonable option for antioxidant intake, vegetables and fruits are also good choices. See this expanded list of brain healthy foods. Regular coffee consumption […]

MMQBI: If You Give a Mouse a Concussion

One of the most important recent developments in the treatment of brain trauma—and by extension, the future of football—may have been discovered by a clumsy intern. Theo Roth is a St. Louis-born, Alabama-raised Stanford graduate who finagled his way into a National Institutes of Health internship in the summer of 2010, after his senior year of high school. […]

News AM: Vitamin D Associated with Brain Power

Cognitive impairment and vitamin D deficiency may be common in older adults, and the two factors can be linked, suggests new research. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers reported that a four-year analysis of about 3,000 healthy adults — aged 70 to 79 […]

The Daily Star: Casual Pot Use Causes Brain Abnormalities in the Young

Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between […]