Brain Training and Fitness

COVID Pandemic and Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Double Whammy of Disrupted Routines

Children with an autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers face unique challenges in the best of times. During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis these challenges rose exponentially in ways that scientists are just beginning to evaluate. A recent study published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders revealed worsening behaviors and understandably increased stress levels… read more

Gut Health and Autism: New Science Reveals a Link

April is Autism Awareness Month and new research was just released from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, in Aurora, Colorado. The innovative study published by the American Society for Microbiology examined the link between Autism behaviors and gut microbiome. Over 100 participants from Arizona and Colorado were either neurotypical or diagnosed with Autism… read more

Expert Memory Strategies for Test-Taking

Ever wonder how some people seem to remember everything they learn and others struggle to keep simple facts straight for more than a few minutes? Cognitive performance hinges on automaticity of skills that we use to think and learn all day every day such as processing speed, attention, visualization, fluid reasoning, and working memory. Part… read more

The Secret You Never Knew About Music Class

The next time your kiddo complains about music class give them this good news: It’s making them smarter! New research published by Frontiers in Neuroscience reveals how and why musical training improves memory and attention in children. Scientists worked with 40 boys and girls, half of whom had significant musical training while their counterparts had… read more

Brain Training To Battle COVID-19

Current scientific research is revealing a plethora of emotional, psychological, and cognitive problems arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Social isolation, financial struggles, and uncertainty have created debilitating lifestyle changes for many families. With the start of a new school year and unprecedented online or distance learning processes, parents and kids alike are suffering. Nature’s publication… read more

More Education Could Equate Less Alzheimer’s

The American Academy of Neurology recently published a study that investigates the connection between education and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The researchers analyzed data from over 120 adult participants, comparing the influence of education, genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s (APOE), and presence of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. For all participants, with or without genetic markers for… read more

Cognitive Training For Brain Injury Rehab

Mild brain injury can result from childhood concussions, sports injuries, and even minor car accidents. Brain injury patients often suffer from long-term cognitive and neurological problems, with a need for practical rehabilitation tools that bring lasting change. Researchers from Colorado Springs and Shreveport, LA recently completed an extensive study with six brain injury patients to… read more

Could Infant Antibiotic Use Create Anti-social Adults?

New research published in BMC Neuroscience revealed that antibiotic treatment during the early life of mice caused neurotransmitter impairment. The antibiotics changed animal microbiome which then created a reduction in the receptors that impact frontal cortex function. These changes in the mice brains decreased social behavior and diminished pain receptors. Obviously these findings do not… read more

Screen Benefits For Toddlers

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

Brain Training Can Brighten Depression

Summertime means more outside adventures for young and old alike. And along with the hiking, biking, and boating come increased emergency room visits for concussion and other traumatic brain injury. According to the Human Brain Mapping journal, depression is the number-one psychiatric symptom associated with traumatic brain injury, and research shows brain training can help.… read more

Vitamin D to Fight Coronavirus

We all want to find that magical cure for Coronavirus. With the world in epidemic, there is no greater pursuit going on right now than the search for inoculation or cure. Yet what if the answer isn’t finding a cure outside of ourselves, but finding a way to boost individual immunity? In a brand-new research… read more