Brain Training and Fitness

Need To Remember? Pen & Paper Works Better Than Your Device!

With school right around the corner, it feels like there’s a new appointment to schedule every few days: sports physical for my high schooler, immunization updates for my little girl, back-to-school night, meet-the-coaches, dental appointments…who can keep up? Smartphones might seem like the best way to stay organized, but new research shows that the good… read more

Does Teletherapy Work? 4 Reasons to Feel Good About Videoconference Therapy

As we navigate our uncertain and temporary at-home reality, things look a little different for many of us right now. One area that may be causing some stress is how to continue with your current therapeutic interventions like counseling, psychotherapy, speech therapy, play therapy, or cognitive training while quarantined at home. But I have good… read more

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