Brain and Behavior

Hey Kids! Yoga Away Your Stress

Even kids need an outlet for stress and anxiety. Researchers at Tulane University examined the impact of 8 weeks of yoga and mindfulness training on the anxiety symptoms of third graders. Not only did yoga improve symptoms of anxiety, it was also associated with improvement in emotional and psychosocial quality of life. So, get your… 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

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

Hitting Home: How Brain Training Changed My Son’s Life

by Tanya Mitchell This morning there was a beautiful sunrise here in Colorado, we even stopped the car on the way to school to take a picture. This afternoon Kip played baseball, he went 3 for 4 hitting with 4 RBIs, an idyllic end to the day, but it wasn’t always this way. It was… read more

Trained For Happiness

Even though traumatic brain injury frequently results in a cascade of negative emotions including depression, brain training might help! Researchers at the Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas measured depression outcomes for 79 people with TBI before and after two types of brain training. Not only did the group with TBI and depression show… 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

Mindfulness and Chronic Heart Failure

The symptoms of Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) can be extremely draining on a person due to fatigue, breathlessness, impaired sleeping, and feelings of anxiety and depression, but mindfulness intervention may reduce all of these symptoms. Mindfulness Based Intervention (MBI) focuses on being present in the here and now with an open mind. One of the… read more

Growing out of Anxiety

A person’s mindset refers to how flexible they believe their personality and personal attributes are. A fixed mindset is if person doesn’t believe that they are able to change much, while a growth mindset means they believe they can improve or change their attributes. Researchers wanted to evaluate how a person’s mindset can also reflect… 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

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

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