Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley. The new finding highlights the importance… Continue reading Disrupted Sleep in Your 50’s and 60’s Increases Alzheimers Risk: Study

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Energy Use in Children’s Developing Brains Linked to Obesity Risk

A new study proposes that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids — in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use — could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain. Weight gain occurs when an individual’s energy intake exceeds their energy expenditure — in other words, when calories… Continue reading Energy Use in Children’s Developing Brains Linked to Obesity Risk

Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity

Teenage girls with problematic social behavior display reduced brain activity and weaker connectivity between the brain regions implicated in emotion regulation. The findings of an international study carried out by researchers from the University of Zurich and others now offer a neurobiological explanation for the difficulties some girls have in controlling their emotions, and provide… Continue reading Antisocial Teens Exhibit Altered Brain Activity

Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Researchers using sophisticated MRI technology have found that higher levels of body fat are associated with differences in the brain’s form and structure, including smaller volumes of gray matter, according to a study published in the journal Radiology. The findings add important information to our understanding of the connection between obesity and negative health consequences… Continue reading Obesity Connected to Differences in Brain Form and Structure

Primitive Sensory Region of the Brain Involved in Sophisticated Learning: Study

I’m fascinated by brain science. I’m especially fascinated by how brain functions affect and are effected by behaviors, as well as how various parts of the brain are interconnected, independent and interdependent. I’m fascinated and amused by how much we’ve learned about the brain and how little we really know. The study I’m highlighting here… Continue reading Primitive Sensory Region of the Brain Involved in Sophisticated Learning: Study

Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!

Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!

The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Your Brain

Gratitude is an important aspect of human social interaction. It is valued by both religious and secular people and societies. It can also have a unique and profound impact on your brain – and your life! The Roman statesman Cicero said of gratitude that it “is not just the greatest of virtues, but the parent… Continue reading The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Your Brain

Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has updated its concussion recommendations to support children and teens engaging in light physical activity and returning to school as they recover. The report, revised for the first time in eight years, also advises against complete removal of electronic devices, such as television, computers and smartphones, following a concussion.… Continue reading Youth Concussion Recommendations Updated

Exercise Improves Brains With Alzheimers

A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis -inducing the growth of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that beneficial effects on cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory… Continue reading Exercise Improves Brains With Alzheimers

Your Key To Weight Loss May Be Your Brain

Cut calories or learn to use your brain to lose weight? It may be both, with an emphasis on the brain part. Behavioral therapy may be as important as caloric reduction, if a new McGill University study is to be believed. The study revealed that people who enjoy more success at weight loss exhibit more… Continue reading Your Key To Weight Loss May Be Your Brain