Brain Research

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 […]

The Scientist: Does Brain Training Work?

Companies hawking brain-training games have enjoyed massive success in recent years. Joe Hardy, the vice president of research and development at Lumosity—one of the most well-known of these companies—told The Scientist in an e-mail that his firm has more than 50 million subscribers. These ventures bank on consumers’ expectations of cognitive benefits from brain training, but the […]

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, […]

USA Today: Study Shows Long-Term Damage from Repeated Head Hits

Repeated blows to the head common in sports or combat cause structural damage to the brain that fails to clear up even after a rest period of six months, according to a small study that looked at college football players.The research adds to evidence from other findings suggesting that treatment procedures — pulling football players […]

Medical Daily: A Happy TBI Accident: Researchers Observe Mice With Concussions To Explore Antioxidant Treatment

A supposedly bumbling young scientist at the National Institutes of Health has been credited with developing a technique to study mild brain injury in an animal model — in experiments initially intended to study meningitis. Like “Little Bunny Foo Foo” of the eponymous children’s poem, researchers there were preparing laboratory mice for study by scooping them up […]

NBC Montana: UM Unveils Brain Injury Research

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a serious public health problem which 2.5 million people suffered from in 2010 according to the National Centers for Disease Control. The University of Montana is on the cutting edge of some very important research and today Rep. Steve Daines toured the facilities to learn about the latest project. […]

Times of San Diego: SDSU Autism Study Finds Weakness in Brain Connections That Support Social Functioning

Can a brain “workout” help children with autism improve sociability? A San Diego State University psychology research professor studying brain connectivity associated with autism has found that brain circuits supporting social functioning are less mature and efficient in children with autism. She says her findings show treatments such as neurofeedback-based training could build the brain just like you […]

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 […]

HealthCanal: Brain Connectivity Associated with Autism

Through this developmental lens, the San Diego State University psychology research professor hopes to understand the typical and atypical patterns of brain organization and brain connections that give rise to either normative, or abnormal behaviors, especially in the sphere of social behavior such as interacting with or understanding of others. “Social skills and the ability […]