Fifteen million people suffer strokes worldwide each year. Obesity plays a role in many of those. Brain plasticity, or the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways, is critical to stroke recovery. But does obesity both increase stroke risk and impair the brain’s ability to recover from stroke?
Feedback is important to the training process. But can it impact the development of an athlete’s brain? Join me as we explore how coaches might be doing their athletes brains some good – or not!
The job of a coach is to help others develop talent, skills and abilities in the pursuit of goals and objectives that will better the life of the person being coached. It is also to help the person being coached to avoid pitfalls and take advantage of every tool, resource and opportunity available in that… Continue reading Coach Feedback Is Proprioception And Brain Food For Athletes
In research which was published in the journal Nature this week, scientists revealed results which they say have far-reaching implications for the way that we understand how the brain ages and how we may be able to develop therapies for age-related brain diseases. The research deals with the stem cell dysfunctions that occur as a… Continue reading Can Rats Tell Us How To Make Our Brains Younger?
Play contact sports for any length of time and at one point or another you’re probably going to have your ‘bell rung’ by a powerful blow to the head from a hard hit or fall. Rising awareness of the severe, abiding repercussions of strong impacts to the head — concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, neurological… Continue reading Side Hits to Head Can Lead to Brain Damage, Concussion
Findings offer new insight into the complex world of motivation and reward by discovering the science behind giving up. The study is among the first to describe the effects of the complex nociception modulatory system. The researchers said this discovery could lead to helping people find motivation when they are depressed and conversely decrease motivation… Continue reading Urge to Quit is Brain-Based, According to Science
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
About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis (19% of Canadians aged 15-19), and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, and impulsivity control. This is a highly vulnerable period… Continue reading Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function
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
Sometimes in life there are special places that seem to stand out to us — a school playground, perhaps an old church, or that inconspicuous street corner where you were kissed for the first time. Before the kiss you had never even noticed that corner. It’s as if the special experience with that beloved person… Continue reading Imagination Influences Attitudes as Powerfully as Experience