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Expert Memory Strategies for Test-Taking

Ever wonder how some people seem to remember everything they learn and others struggle to keep simple facts straight for more than a few minutes? Cognitive performance hinges on automaticity of skills that we use to think and learn all day every day such as processing speed, attention, visualization, fluid reasoning, and working memory. Part… read more

The Shocking Holiday Indulgences That Could Reduce Age-related Cognitive Decline

Just in time for the holidays, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published some encouraging news: Minor dietary changes could reduce the decline of fluid intelligence as we age! The impact of healthy eating choices such as the Mediterranean diet on brain function has been well researched. While this concept is firmly established, there is still… read more

Exercise Classes for Older Adults Diminish Loneliness

This past year of COVID quarantining and isolation has been difficult for everyone, and particularly for the aging population. Depression, anxiety, and loneliness have been on the rise and the current state of this pandemic shows no end in sight. However, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry recently published an encouraging study that offers hope… read more

Chocolate For A Brain Boost!

Its time for semester finals and students are scrambling for a brain boost. Chocolate to the rescue! A new scientific report published in Nature reveals the positive impact of flavanols on cerebral blood flow and cognitive function. Scientists worked with young adults to evaluate the interaction of cocoa flavanols in the brain. What they discovered… read more

An Attitude of Gratitude, Even With COVID

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and this year it comes with unprecedented isolation and disappointment. While traditionally our country has crowded around a family table to celebrate the holiday season, Thanksgiving place-settings of 2020 will be socially distanced.   How can we find an attitude of gratitude amidst the frustrations of COVID? Research on… read more

The Secret You Never Knew About Music Class

The next time your kiddo complains about music class give them this good news: It’s making them smarter! New research published by Frontiers in Neuroscience reveals how and why musical training improves memory and attention in children. Scientists worked with 40 boys and girls, half of whom had significant musical training while their counterparts had… read more

When I’m Right, I’m Right; When I’m Wrong, I’m Right!

The puzzling truth about narcissists is that they are never wrong. Of course a sane mind recognizes this laughable impossibility, yet the narcissist truly never recognizes or believes in personal flaws, failures, or mistakes. According to researchers from Oregon State University, narcissists are unable to learn from their mistakes because they do not perceive personal… read more

Brain Training To Battle COVID-19

Current scientific research is revealing a plethora of emotional, psychological, and cognitive problems arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Social isolation, financial struggles, and uncertainty have created debilitating lifestyle changes for many families. With the start of a new school year and unprecedented online or distance learning processes, parents and kids alike are suffering. Nature’s publication… read more

More Education Could Equate Less Alzheimer’s

The American Academy of Neurology recently published a study that investigates the connection between education and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The researchers analyzed data from over 120 adult participants, comparing the influence of education, genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s (APOE), and presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. For all participants, with or without genetic markers for… read more

Cognitive Training For Brain Injury Rehab

Mild brain injury can result from childhood concussions, sports injuries, and even minor car accidents. Brain injury patients often suffer from long-term cognitive and neurological problems, with a need for practical rehabilitation tools that bring lasting change. Researchers from Colorado Springs and Shreveport, LA recently completed an extensive study with six brain injury patients to… read more

National Concussion Awareness Day

Kids and adults alike need to be more aware of concussion signs and symptoms, and effective interventions for treatment. Despite COVID-19 modifications, many high-impact sports such as football, soccer, and hockey are gearing up for fall and winter games. A tackle on the football field can often lead to an unreported concussion, with symptoms not… read more

Obesity and Alzheimer’s

Obesity and increased body mass index (BMI) is associated with a myriad of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. Recent research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease confirmed a correlation between higher BMI and decreased brain activity and blood flow. This diminished cerebral perfusion can result in cognitive and psychological deficits including… read more