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What We Learned from Training 101,000 Brains

From the Editor-in-Chief In 4th grade, my youngest son could not spell his own name. His brain had a problem. I discovered it standing in his school hallway one evening while I read a story he had written about my husband, a military officer.  At the top of the page was his full name: Evan… read more

The Number One Gift To Give And Receive: Social Support

Recent research confirms that social support benefits the body and brain in profoundly positive ways. The Journal of American Medical Association published an article in Neurology which examined the connection between social support and cognitive function. “The results of this cross-sectional cohort study suggest that social support in the form of supportive listening is associated… read more

The Busy Mindset Bonus: Increased Self-Control

Scientists reviewed and analyzed seven studies investigating behavioral outcomes of a busy mindset. The personal perspective of busyness affected multiple domains of self-control, with a decrease of indulgent behaviors.… read more

Run Away From Holiday Stress

The effects of chronic stress on the memory center of the brain can be reduced by running. Researchers at Brigham Young University investigated the impact of stress on the connections between neurons in groups of mice who were either sedentary or who ran 5 km per day on a running wheel. The mice who ran… read more

What’s For Dinner, Mom? Improved Mental Health Is Top Of The Menu!

A new study conducted in the UK evaluated the difference a vegetable can make for almost 9000 middle-school and elementary-school children. Not surprisingly, the kids with higher intake of fruits and vegetables fared much better on mental well-being scores than those who at little or no fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.… read more

High School Sports, Head Impact Rates, and Gender Differences

Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey…when kids are young it’s all just fun and games but by high school those same sports can become quite serious and even dangerous. Even without the diagnosis of concussion, kids who receive repeated head impact can suffer from cognitive impairment and other forms of neurological damage.… read more