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

Teen Cannabis Harmful to Brain Function

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

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

Imagination Influences Attitudes as Powerfully as Experience

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

Exercise Provides Big Brain Boosts

Anyone who trains for a marathon knows that individual running workouts add up over time to yield a big improvement in physical fitness. So, it should not be surprising that the cognitive benefits from workouts also accumulate to yield long-term cognitive gains. Yet, until now, there was has been little research to describe and support… Continue reading Exercise Provides Big Brain Boosts

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

Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study

Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study