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Speaking of Brain Health… We are excited for our inaugural release of Modern Brain Journal! In this issue, we highlight research related to three popular issues about the brain: brain training, stress and the brain, and the influence of diet on brain health. Brain training is a hot topic right now. Does brain training really… read more

You Mean Video Games Won’t Make Me Smarter?

Sorry, kids. As fun as they are to play, video games won’t make you smarter. In a very large study, researchers from the University of Liverpool could not find any evidence that showed a relationship between playing video games and enhanced cognitive ability. In fact, they found that the only improvements were on how well… read more

Food for Thought

Food for Thought Eat Your Way to a Sharper Brain by Terissa Miller, MS PSY We’ve all heard it: you are what you eat. But, really? So…I’m a cheesy burrito with salsa and tortilla chips? Despite emerging research that told me otherwise, I’ve snubbed my nose at such silliness. Of course I believe what I… read more

Stressed?

The Impact of Stress on Your Brain and What You Can Do About It by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD THE RAT RACE Americans are stressed. We work hard, study hard, parent hard, and marry hard. In a culture where downtime is painfully undervalued, we are expected to produce, perform, and be masters of our crafts… read more

Mental Sweat

“Mental Sweat” LearningRx Trainers Add Intensity to your Brain Workout By Christina Ledbetter, PhD DOES BRAIN TRAINING WORK? You wonder. We ponder. Our experts agree that under certain conditions, brain training works! The challenge in the brain training field is to find which of the conditions are the most ideal. As Modern Brain Journal’s senior… read more

Workplace Stress Management Strategies

Any job can create stress, but what is being done at your workplace to reduce stress? Multiple studies seek to analyze what works best at reducing work related stress and one research team has investigated which strategies are the most effective! After analyzing many different stress management methods, researchers found that individual, secondary level stress… read more

Training to Fight Depression

Looking for an alternative way to reduce rumination thoughts and depressive symptoms? MAP (Mental and Physical) training may be very beneficial! Researchers collected data on the mental and physical benefits of MAP training, specifically on participants’ rumination and depression symptoms. The participants were divided into two groups, one group with participants who were diagnosed with… read more

Ketogenic For Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most aggressive and lethal forms of brain cancer causing average survival times between 8 and 15 months. Recent research has shown hope in a new combination of treatment options that could improve survival rates. This combination involves cancer medications, radiation treatment, and a ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet… read more

Beneficial Mindset

Leadership is a crucial attribute to have in today’s world if a person wants to be successful, and now there could be a new mindset theory to boost leadership qualities! Most people have only heard of Fixed or Growth Mindsets, but the Benefit Mindset is now coming into fruition. The Benefit Mindset focuses on “being… read more

Toddlers on iPads

With technology advancing so fast its not hard to believe that a research team evaluated the performance of babies on a touch screen. The researchers used an educational cognitive assessment application called Babyscreen and evaluated how many items were completed, how fast the items were completed, and how accurate their results were. The toddlers were… read more

Mental Health Stigma

Mental health services are under utilized in today’s society even when certain barriers are eliminated. The cost of therapy and lack of insurance is a large barrier keeping people from receiving help, but even on college campuses where counseling services are free, people still are not getting the help they need. This resistance towards mental… read more