Brain Health

Scientific American: How exercise affects your brain

You have probably heard people say something along the lines of “your brain is like a muscle.” That comparison certainly supports the brain training industry (by that I mean school) and keeps millions of youth around the world sitting at desks, doing math problems, writing essays, and dissecting unsuspecting amphibians – but is it true? […]

Science Daily: The joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of getting

The happiness we feel after a particular event or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as hedonic adaptation. But giving to others may be the exception to this rule, according to research forthcoming in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (December 20, 2018) Read the full […]

Forbes: Christmas shopping tip — Your brain knows what you like better than you do

A song comes through your earbuds: good rhythm, clever lyrics, pleasing melody. You know whether you like the song, right? Maybe not. A series of studies using brain imaging raise the possibility that sometimes we think we like or dislike things, but our brains know better. (December 21, 2018) Read the full article here

Big Think: How to brain hack your New Year’s resolution for success

The new year approaches and with it comes our annual habit of self-promises in the form of New Year’s resolutions. Statistically speaking, though, 2019 won’t be your year. While many of us start strong, we tend to flounder come February, and studies cite the failure rate to be anywhere from 80 to 90 percent. (December […]

Fast Company: 5 ways to keep your brain sharp during the holidays

As a neuroscientist, I’m often asked to recommend quick ways to boost brain function, particularly at this time of the year. It’s a happy time, but I also see many friends and clients struggle, mainly because they’re burning the candle at both ends.Most of us make too many social commitments during the holidays, and we […]

Medical News Today: 12 foods to boost brain function

The foods we eat can have a big impact on the structure and health of our brains. Eating a brain-boosting diet can support both short- and long-term brain function. The brain is an energy-intensive organ, using around 20 percent of the body’s calories, so it needs plenty of good fuel to maintain concentration throughout the […]

News-Medical: Loss of vision has considerable impact on brain organization, memory ability

If mice lose their vision immediately after birth due to a genetic defect, this has a considerable impact, both on the organization of the cerebral cortex and on memory ability. This is the conclusion drawn by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in a study published online in the journal Cerebral Cortex on 7 December 2018. (December […]

Wall Street Journal: The benefits (and risks) of the mental-health day

You’re exhausted and can’t focus. Work seems pointless. You’re tempted to snap at friendly colleagues. It’s pretty clear when you need to take a mental-health day. What’s harder is figuring out whether you can afford to ask for one. More people are experiencing mental-health problems at work—stresses that often worsen around the holidays. (December 17, […]

Live Science: Too much screen use really might change your kid’s brain

Parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of screens now have more reason for concern. New research funded by the National Institutes of Health found brain changes among kids using screens more than seven hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a […]