memory

The Truthful Scoop on Sugar

It was two-thirty in the afternoon and Dana’s positive attitude was wearing thin. She needed at least another three hours of mental focus for her workday, so she poured a cup of coffee into her favorite mug and stirred a generous scoop of sugar into the steaming liquid. The caffeine would hopefully kick in soon,… read more

Genetic Risk for Dementia Offset by Healthy Lifestyle

We’ve all heard grandma chiding us to eat our fresh veggies and fruits; “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Now scientific research offers an interesting twist on that perspective: “an apple a day keeps dementia away!” Indeed, healthy lifestyle choices not only increase our lifespan but also help increase our aging brain power.… read more

The Youthful Female Brain

As a woman I often envy the speedy metabolism of my husband and sons. It seems they can devour half a cheesecake with little consequence, while my overindulgence appears to go right to my hips. But what about brain metabolism? New research offers exciting evidence that my female brain metabolism is even more to be… read more

Mushrooms to Fight Cognitive Decline

The retirement home kitchen is bustling with activity. Staff members put the finishing touches on a delicious dinner prepared for the residents and their family members. Fresh vegetables and wild rice are served alongside grilled chicken…a typically healthy meal for these aging seniors. But the unusual addition of sauteed mushrooms prompts my question: why mushrooms?… read more

The Athletics of Memory

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. PubMed recently published a fascinating article from Neuron, where researchers examined techniques used to amplify the memories of average people. Using mnemonics is one of the… read more

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline

Eat Your Way Out of Cognitive Decline When I was a child I was told, “you are what you eat.” But somehow despite my constant consumption of baby dill pickles I didn’t grow up green, sour and bumpy. However, new scientific research is telling me that all those salty pickles probably impacted my brain development…and… read more

Research Confirms Brain Training Works!

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Or can you? Science has now upended what Grandpa used to tell us! The debate about whether the aging brain can still grow new neural connections (neurogenesis) has raged for decades. Trends in Neuroscience recently published an article touting strong evidence of neurogenesis that continues as we… read more

Four Facts You Need To Know NOW About Dementia and Brain Training

I went jogging with my mom the other day, and despite her looming three-quarter-century birthday coming up (75 for those non math-minded folks) she kept me on my toes. She has been a lifelong runner and physical fitness is important to her. But what about her brain health? Unfortunately, most of the aging population is… read more

Tracing Back Memories

The young man sat in front of his counselor and recounted the disturbing and obscure image that had been haunting him: a tricycle with front wheel spinning crookedly toward the sky, as blood seeped from beneath a mud-encrusted truck tire. “What then? Close your eyes and try to envision what happens next,” the therapist would… read more

Holiday Hangovers, Stress, and the Brain

Imagine it: Pounding headache, sour stomach, and fatigue like a heavy blanket willing me to close my eyes. Fifteen minutes before I needed to be at the office; enough time to stop for coffee. The decaf latte would be more a distraction than a caffeine rush but hopefully help me snap out of it. No,… read more

Can Excited Brain Waves Make for a Better Memory?

Imagine this: college students lined up along rows of small computer screens, with audiovisual stimuli streaming at the precise oscillations to increase theta brain waves and enhance memory of the upcoming lecture. This futuristic image might not be as far-fetched as you think! Researchers from the University of California’s Center for Neuroscience are experimenting with… read more