NPR: In memory training smackdown, one method dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others. A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of the brain involved […]

Live Science: When your body needs nourishment, your brain eats first

Even if you’re a generous person who believes in sharing, helping the needy and spreading wealth, your brain is a selfish glutton. Sometimes your body will find itself in a real pickle: Both your brain and your muscles need to work hard, but you just can’t handle running both systems at once. New research published […]

CBC: Concussions a common enemy for Olympic athletes

Like many of Canada’s elite winter athletes, Spencer O’Brien has suffered a concussion. In fact, several. The Olympic snowboarder believes her most recent one, which happened a little over a year ago and caused her to miss the rest of the season, was the fifth time she has been concussed while competing. “It was difficult,” […]

Medical Xpress: African Americans live shorter lives due to heart disease and stroke

The average lifespan of African Americans is significantly shorter than white Americans, mostly because of heart disease and stroke, which contributed to more than two million years of life lost among African Americans between 1999 and 2010, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. (October 23, 2017) Read […]

U.S. News & World Report: More evidence that depression shortens lives

People with depression tend to die earlier than expected — a pattern that has grown stronger among women in recent years, new research finds. The study followed thousands of Canadian adults between 1952 and 2011. Overall, it found people with depression had a higher death rate versus those without the mood disorder. (October 23, 2017) […]

The New York Times: New study casts doubt on diagnosis of adult-onset A.D.H.D.

In just the past few years, researchers have identified what they believe is an adult version of attention deficit disorder: a restless inability to concentrate that develops spontaneously after high school, years after the syndrome typically shows itself, and without any early signs. The proposed diagnosis — called adult-onset A.D.H.D. and potentially applicable to millions […]

Big Think: Brain acceleration technique proven to enhance learning, improve memory

I’ve written several articles on brain stimulation, a topic I’m fascinated with. One in particular was about a project at The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). This is the R&D wing of the US Department of Defense (DoD). In the previous study, DARPA scientists employed electrical brain stimulation via implants to help those who’ve […]

Discover Magazine: “Hyper brains”? High intelligence and health

Researchers Ruth I. Karpinski and colleagues surveyed the members of American Mensa, a society for people in the top 2% of IQ (IQ 130+). 3,715 Mensans responded to the survey, which asked them whether they were currently diagnosed with various diseases, from depression to asthma. Participants were also asked if they suspect that they might […]

Futurism: Scientists developed a way to precisely edit genes in the human brain

Technologies designed for editing the human genome are transforming biomedical science and providing us with relatively simple ways to modify and edit genes. However, precision editing has not been possible for cells that have stopped dividing, including mature neurons. This has meant that gene editing has been of limited use in neurological research — until […]

Medical News Bulletin: Does happy music help creativity in problem solving?

A recent study examines whether happy music helps creativity during problem-solving by comparing four types of musical selections.  Divergent and convergent thinking are two poles on a spectrum of cognitive approaches to problems. On the divergent end, there is a problem and the thinker seeks to generate multiple solutions.  Activities that trigger divergent thinking include […]