Brain Health

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 […]

New Scientist: Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain

Just a few minutes of magnetic stimulation to the front of the brain was all it took for researchers to increase or decrease people’s love of music. They even managed to influence how much of their hard-earned cash they’re willing to spend on it. Robert Zatorre of McGill University, Canada and colleagues asked 17 people […]

Live Science: When you learn, your brain swells with new cells – then it kills them

Every time you learn a skill, new cells burst to life in your brain. Then, one after another, those cells die off as your brain figures out which ones it really needs. In a new opinion paper, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers proposed that this swelling and shrinking […]

Medical Xpress: Neuroscience research provides evidence the brain is strobing, not constant

t’s not just our eyes that play tricks on us, but our ears. That’s the finding of a landmark Australian-Italian collaboration that provides new evidence that oscillations, or ‘strobes’, are a general feature of human perception. While our conscious experience appears to be continuous, the University of Sydney and Italian universities study suggests that perception […]

Medical News Today: Aerobic exercise: ‘A maintenance program for the brain’

A new study finds that aerobic exercise slows down decreasing brain size in older age, helping to maintain cognitive function. Aerobic exercise is a type of workout that increases the heartbeat and stimulates it to pump more oxygen through the body, yet it doesn’t immediately produce shortness of breath. Some examples of aerobic exercise include […]

U.S. News & World Report: Health tip: Hearing loss may affect brain health

About a third of people aged 65 to 74 are affected by hearing loss, as are about half of those 75 and older, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Aside from missing out on spirited conversation, hearing loss can affect the health of your brain, the agency says. A 2011 study funded by the […]