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

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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

Your Brain and Memory May be Impacted by What You Eat: Study

You may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory? High levels of a satiety hormone could decrease a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. For individuals who have higher levels of the hormone, their chance of having mild cognitive impairment… Continue reading Your Brain and Memory May be Impacted by What You Eat: Study

The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study

Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Every autumn weekend in the US, thousands of youngsters as young as 5 years old strap on their pads, lace up their cleats and get after each other on the football field. However, fewer and fewer of them are playing tackle football. Parents are concerned about concussions, brain injuries and brain damage. Proponents of the… Continue reading Youth Football, Concussions and Brain Injury – The Real Danger

Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Gratitude. It’s a buzzword for personal growth. We’re told from the time we’re just tiny tots to say thank you and show gratitude, even when we don’t feel like it. But gratitude has power. Real power. Gratitude can change your outlook on life.Gratitude can change your hormone balance.Gratitude can influence behavior.Gratitude can ease anxiety and… Continue reading Podcast: The Power of Gratitude in Your Life and Brain

Tryptophan and the REAL Reason Your Uncle Falls Asleep Every Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in the United States is 2 days away. On this day each year, we gather together with loved ones and other people we can’t stand to give thanks for the fact that the Pilgrims built the first casino on Plymouth Rock and gave it to the Indians. That’s not it? Wow, is my history… Continue reading Tryptophan and the REAL Reason Your Uncle Falls Asleep Every Thanksgiving

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

Brain Injuries, Activity and Recovery

The findings of this Columbia University research may impact our approach to rehabilitating the injured brain. It has long been thought that after a brain injury, whether a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or something like a concussion, that long periods of total rest were the appropriate recovery intervention. New research from Columbia University may be… Continue reading Brain Injuries, Activity and Recovery

Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study

Concussion symptoms for children under 13 years old typically last three times longer than they do for older teens and adults, but keeping them out of the classroom during recovery is not necessarily the preferred treatment, according to a comprehensive research review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Parents should be aware that… Continue reading Kids Concussion Symptoms Last 3X Longer Than Adults: Study