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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News



Last Build Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:31:16 +0000

 



Forget thinking vs. feeling dichotomy. Think/ feel holistic brain functioning

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:31:16 +0000

Mental Math and the Fine-Tuning of Emotions (The Dana Foundation) “You often hear the word “calculating” used to describe someone who always seems to act deliberately, guided by reason rather than emotion. The idea behind this characterization is that human nature straddles a deep divide between thinking and feeling, but current research suggests otherwise. Brain-imaging studies, […]



Brain teaser to challenge your frontal lobes

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:13:46 +0000

Here is a fun brain teaser from puzzle master Wes Carroll. Tipping the Scales Question: The top two scales in the image at the right are in perfect balance. How many diamonds will be needed to balance the bottom set? This puzzle helps you work out your executive functions –supported in the frontal lobes— by using […]



UT Dallas researcher secures $2.7m grant to better monitor and address TBI-related cognitive and functional deficits

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:43:17 +0000

Scientist Gets Grant for Study of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (UT Dallas release): A researcher from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant, awarded to Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the […]



Trend: Consumers experiment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with no regulatory oversight

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000

Students Zap Their Brains For a Boost, For Better Or Worse (NPR): “Last October, Matt Herich was listening to the news while he drove door to door delivering pizzas. A story came on the radio about a technology that sends an electric current through your brain to possibly make you better at some things — […]



To reduce heart disease and stroke risks, regulate stress and improve brain health

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:13 +0000

—– How stress may increase risk of heart disease and stroke (ScienceDaily): “Heightened activity in the amygdala — a region of the brain involved in stress — is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study published in The Lancet that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by […]



Study: Brain scans mapping language and memory areas can help guide epilepsy-related surgeries

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:25:55 +0000

Can brain scans help doctors navigate epilepsy surgery? (UPI) “…When medication doesn’t effectively control epilepsy, surgery may be recommended. Doctors can remove the part of the brain that triggers seizures or use certain procedures to control seizure activity. Before surgery, however, the brain must be “mapped” to ensure the regions responsible for language and memory […]



Is your smartphone frying your brain? (Nope…but we better prevent constant distractions)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:33 +0000

—– Is Your iPhone Really Frying Your Brain? Five Things You Need To Know (Forbes): “…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we […]



Explore the latest in cognitive remediation and addressing learning disabilities

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:11:21 +0000

Expo Day: Happy Neuron and Arrowsmith Program from SharpBrains During Expo Day selected Summit Partners and Sponsors showcased their latest initiatives and solutions. Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Managing Director of Scientific Brain Training (SBT), discussed new partnerships following their ISO 13485 certification for medical devices — cognitive remediation. Jessica Poulin, Strategic Operations Manager at the Arrowsmith Program, […]



Study: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) + Medication outperforms CBT alone to treat ADHD symptoms among adults. At the same time…

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:47:59 +0000

Although medication is the primary treatment for adults with ADHD, and has good empirical support, many adults would rather not take it. For these adults with ADHD, it would be helpful to know whether medication is likely to provide significant benefits above and beyond those they would gain from well-conducted therapy, or whether they are […]



50 Finalists from 37 countries shortlisted for the $1M Global Teacher Prize

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:11:22 +0000

Congratulations to our Top 50 Finalists (Global Teacher Prize announcement): “Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important […]