The researchers' conclusion is surprising: Subjects whose brains demonstrated lowered neural activity also learned the fastest. Also surprising is the fact that this lowered activity had nothing to do with regions of the brain that control gross motor skills and visual processing.
At 6:30 p.m. every evening, when the young start to figure out who they will hook up with that night, or what the Kimye's are up to, I usually retire to my comfy chair to watch the evening news.
It was like quartering an apple. My skull simply fell into pieces on the operating table. I was totally awake during the procedure and I was able to see my brain ooze right out into the open.
Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!
The early bird gets the worm. Slow and steady wins the race. For those of us who are parents, these may be familiar sayings that we tell our children to either get them moving, or instead have them slow down.
Last month I attended Brain Injury Awareness Day at our national's capitol in Washington, D.C. My journey began in mid-February when my story, "...
Information like this can lead in two directions: to despair or to action. Despair is a non-starter. Putting aside humanitarian concerns, the United States cannot afford to limit the prospects of the 20 percent of its children who grow up in poverty.
For those of us who were spared by fate and vaccine, Philip Roth's Nemesis charts polio's course and brings to mind the friends and neighbors who suffered the withering and the life-long incarceration of limbs.
The creams, lotions and potions you spend your hard-earned money on can offer surface benefits. But if the problem stems in the mind, slather on as much retinol as you want but the tension lines will remain if your heart rate is reminiscent of the jackhammer pounding on the sidewalk.
By learning more about the tremendous power within our brain, how it can adapt, regenerate and guard against cognitive decline, I am confident we will one day be able to reduce incidence, slow progression, and eventually prevent dementia through combined therapeutic protocols.
According to Wimber's "response competition theory," the more you try to remember one of those facts, the more likely it is you'll forget the other one. I
Biogen Inc.'s recent revelation of promising early data from an experimental Alzheimer's treatment is something of a breakthrough: it's the first time that we have seen positive human data about a new Alzheimer's drug that can both reduce the presence of amyloid plaques in the brain and improve cognitive function.
Sven and Jack are two hearty loggers. One day, Jack challenges Sven: who can hand cut the most trees in a single day? Sven, sure of himself, accepts the challenge.
These nine behaviors aren't always intuitive and they definitely take practice. But even adding one of them to your life will give your brain some relief and grow the good stuff between your ears. Find the first one that seems most attractive and start today.
This was a great year at TED for all kinds of mind-bending talks -- here are six that raised the roof -- will update when more TED talks become available. Which talks did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
The truth is, we know very little about how childhood concussions influence the risk for dementia in adulthood. We need to accelerate this research so that parents and coaches can make better decisions about youth sport participation, practice policies and competition rules.
Honking is something that feels OK for many of us to do, but feels terribly personal when it happens to us. Honking may create sound on the outside, but it happens because we're not too happy inside... and we need a release.
Increasingly, futurists are hoping that through politics, radical science and technology will gain a better foothold in society.
There are times when I pull up google on my computer to look something specific up. By the time the page is loaded, I have forgotten what it was that I needed to look up. It is incredibly frustrating for me, and telling me i'm just being a flake doesn't help the situation any.
Patrick Fuller is a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School's esteemed Division of Sleep Medicine. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on the importance of good sleep hygiene, how our brain's clock is connected to our overall well-being, and the problem with sleeping pills.