Author Archives: Ryan Coyle

Mindfulness and College Students

With rising stress/anxiety levels in teens and young adults, a research team out of Cambridge explored the effects of mindfulness therapy on college students. The research team thought mindfulness therapy would help create resilience to stress and cause stress levels to drop. The participants were college students with non-severe mental illness, divided into two groups.… read more

Memory Olympics

Memory athletes are some of the best in the world at retaining information. They compete to see who can remember the most numbers, images, faces/names, words, and card sequences. Researchers wanted to see if these techniques could be used to amplify the memories of average people. Using mnemonics is one of the fastest ways to… read more

Exercise + Sleep = Better GPA

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Want to see better grades in school? The Journal of Physical Activity and Health recently published a new study analyzing the academic benefits of exercising regularly and sleeping well. The researchers investigated the average amount of time per week that middle school students were physically active, watching television and/or… read more

Resting Easy After A Concussion

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can be deeply devastating for patients and their families, yet new research confirms the effectiveness of melatonin for decreasing insomnia and recovery time! A clinical study was conducted to compare the effects of taking melatonin pills or a placebo pill in those with traumatic brain injuries.… read more

Single Session Mental Health Interventions

By Ryan Coyle, MBJ Staff Writer A staggering number of teens with mental health issues like depression and anxiety are not receiving the help they need. Multi-session based therapies can be expensive and time demanding, but there may be a promising new type of intervention for youths with mental health struggles. Single-session Interventions (SSI) offer… read more

ASD School Intervention

Can you believe research has estimated that about half of all children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) could also be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? Due to this, new research has been completed on evaluating the effectiveness of cognitive therapy in our schools. The research team gathered participants with high reports of anxiety… read more

Brainy Learning

Thanks to developments in neurosciences and technology we are better able to understand how the brain works and learns. New teaching strategies are being developed to offer hope for better learning and retention. One research group worked with kids from Isfahan, Iran to see how brain-based teaching/training compares to standard teaching methods. The participants consisted… read more

Auditory Brain Training

Brain plasticity is one of the reasons why humans are so incredible. We have the ability to remold our brains to adapt to certain situations, which is why brain training can be so effective! A research team wanted to compare the effects of a brain-plasticity based training program as the experimental group versus a general… read more

Virtual Intervention

With advancements in today’s technology, traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims may have a new treatment intervention, virtual reality (VR). Can the latest video game technology really be used to help people recover from injuries/diseases? Yes, VR has already been used as an assessment tool or an intervention tool. By tracking bodily and eye movements VR… read more

Depression Reducing Diet

New research from a team in Australia shows that a Mediterranean diet may help reduce depression. Imagine being able to reduce depression symptoms simply by changing your diet! Researchers organized two groups of participants; one including people who would switch to a Mediterranean diet for six months, and a comparison group of participants who did… read more

Parents and Mental Healthcare

More and more teenagers and children are in need of mental health services (13.4% of all teens and children), but only a slim percentage of these kids are actually receiving the help they need. Responsibility lies on the parents of these teens and children to help them get the services they need. As a parent,… read more

Substituting Sedentary Time

It has been estimated that half of all adults in the United States will develop a serious chronic disease in their lifetime, but what can be done to lower these prevalence rates? New research suggests that the amount of time spent sitting or laying down may negatively impact a person’s health and increase chances of… read more