Brain Health

Neurology Advisor: Stroke associated with long-term brain effects, accelerated functional decline

Stroke may be associated with long-term neurologic adverse effects that result in accelerated functional decline and disability, according to a study published in JAMA Neurology. A total of 5888 Medicare-eligible patients from the population-based, prospective Cardiovascular Health Study were included in this analysis. (November 29, 2017) Read the full article here

Health 24: What happens to your body when you stop exercising?

Taking a short break from exercising is ok. But when that week-long break becomes two and then three and before you know it, it’s been six months since your last workout… your body and health are in trouble. Here’s what happens to your body when you stop exercising. (November 28, 2017) Read the full article […]

Big Think: Your identity is almost entirely based on unconscious brain processes

We often think that our deeply held beliefs, opinions, and emotions are the result of a long time spent thinking. We see ourselves as an executive of sorts somewhere inside our own head, pondering, making plans, and coming to decisions. This is what is known as a top-down model of executive control. It isn’t only […]

Science Trends: Cerebrum: Functions of the largest part of the human brain

The brain is divided into three principal parts: the brainstem, the cerebellum, and the cerebrum. The largest part of the brain is the cerebrum, and it is further divided into various lobes and structures. What are the functions of all the structures? What critical roles do they play in enabling the human brain to carry […]

Medical News Today: How do the brains of intelligent people work?

People with a higher-than-average intelligence level have brains that are “wired” in a different way, researchers say. A new study suggests that intelligence is linked with increased connectivity between some regions, and reduced interaction between others. (November 26, 2017) Read the full article here

Medical Xpress: Smart people have better connected brains

Understanding the foundations of human thought is fascinating for scientists and laypersons alike. Differences in cognitive abilities – and the resulting differences for example in academic success and professional careers – are attributed to a considerable degree to individual differences in intelligence. A study just published in Scientific Reports shows that these differences go hand […]

Newsweek: This is your brain on Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving is a holiday of hard truths. And the centerpiece, turkey, is no exception. From Seinfeld to The Bernie Mac Show, it’s easy to to find depictions of turkey as a food that that will make you pass out due to supposedly high amounts of the chemical tryptophan. Reader, this is wrong. As Lisa Sasson, […]

Science Daily: To forget or to remember? Memory depends on subtle brain signals

The fragrance of hot pumpkin pie can bring back pleasant memories of holidays past, while the scent of an antiseptic hospital room may cause a shudder. The power of odors to activate memories both pleasing and aversive exists in many animals, from humans to the humble fruit fly. Scientists on the Florida campus of The […]

The New York Times: Exercise may enhance the effects of brain training

Exercise broadly improves our memories and thinking skills, according to a wealth of science. The evidence supporting similar benefits from so-called brain training has been much iffier, however, with most people performing better only on the specific types of games or tasks practiced in the program. But an interesting new study published in the Journal […]

Science Daily: Brains of children with a better physical fitness possess a greater volume of gray matter

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have proven, for the first time in history, that physical fitness in children may affect their brain structure, which in turn may have an influence on their academic performance. More specifically, the researchers have confirmed that physical fitness in children (especially aerobic capacity and motor ability) is associated […]