The Globe and Mail: Your Brain Has Limited Capacity: Here’s How to Maximize It

As Levitin explains in his new book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, the evolution of the human brain hasn’t caught up with the demands of today’s world. We’re now chasing deadlines instead of the quarry that will become our next meal. We’re keeping track of friends and acquaintances around […]

Newsworks: Taming Our Inner CEO to Find Creativity

Having mature frontal lobes are a huge part of what makes us human. It’s the major reason we’re able to control our impulses, plan our actions, filter out all the distractions, and basically not punch people in the face every time they annoy us. “And that is obviously good,” notes Thompson-Schill. “It’s good to have […]

NPR: Studying? Take a Break and Embrace Your Distractions

School is starting, and students across the country are about to spend a lot of time in the classroom and in the library. And as they crack their textbooks open, they’re going to hear a lot of familiar advice about how to study right. Sit still, in a quiet place. Avoid distractions. Keep your focus […]

Science Daily: Increased Risk of Stroke in People With Cognitive Impairment

People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39% increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Cognitive impairment and stroke are major contributors to disability, and stroke is the second leading cause of death world-wide. Although […]

University Herald: Anti-depressant Medication May Be Able to Fight Aggressive Brain Tumor

Researchers at the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute (CBDI) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have identified a novel molecular pathway that causes an aggressive form of medulloblastoma, a highly malignant primary brain tumor. “Although current treatments improve survival rates, patients suffer severe side effects and relapse tumors carry mutations that resist treatment,” Q. Richard […]

News Medical: Persons With MS May Be Able to Improve Self-Awareness Via Task-Oriented Cognitive Rehabilitation

A new study of self-awareness by Kessler Foundation researchers shows that persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) may be able to improve their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation. The study was e-published ahead of print on July 2 in NeuroRehabilitation. Self-awareness is one’s ability to recognize cognitive problems caused by brain injury. This is the first […]

Medical Xpress: Retinal Thinning Can Be Used As an Early Marker for Frontotemporal Dementia

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in people with a genetic risk for the disorder—even before any changes appear in their behavior. Published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, […]

New York Times: Study Finds That Brains With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses as They Develop

As a baby’s brain develops, there is an explosion of synapses, the connections that allow neurons to send and receive signals. But during childhood and adolescence, the brain needs to start pruning those synapses, limiting their number so different brain areas can develop specific functions and are not overloaded with stimuli. Now a new study […]

NFL Notes: Heady Play by Tom Brady

Tom Brady is no different than most superstar athletes. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to improve his performance on the field. The past few years, that’s even meant using innovative methods to keep his brain in top shape. With the help of his longtime “body coach” Alex Guerrero, who has kept the Patriots […]

CTV News: Better Sleep Leads to Better Motor Learning, Study Shows

Amid mounting evidence of the important relationship between sleep and motor learning, researchers at the University of Montreal have identified areas of the brain that are critical in training the body’s movements and found these regions communicate better after a good night’s sleep. Although sleep is well-known in the scientific community to aid motor learning, […]