So how do we help our youth take advantage of the benefits of sports while minimizing the risk of concussions? We can direct our energies toward concussion prevention, following safety protocols and continuing to make playing the game safer.
Can you remember the last time you played peek-a-boo with a young child? You may think it is just a fun child's game, but actually it is helping brains of very young children develop.
We want to give people a fighting chance to take on dementia head-on and win. To do that will require a significant increase in funding for basic research on the impact of aging on the brain.
In these amplified moments of consciousness, we make connections we had missed before, hatch breakthroughs to problems that have been stumping us and push the limits of what's possible for human performance.
The rush to medicalize social conditions is one of my pet peeves as a public health professional. Why did this column, which started with the recognition that sleep deprivation was a recent social phenomenon, end with a clarion call to the pharmaceutical industry to solve the problem?
he next time you lose your car keys or forget your spouse's name or walk into the kitchen for a snack and end up reorganizing the pantry, think of all the strides that have been made with mice and then applied to people.
"Don't take anything personally," Don Miguel Ruiz advises us in The Four Agreements, a memorable guide to Toltec philosophy. He gives one good reason...
Kids need boundaries and limits to feel safe. But setting and enforcing them is tricky, especially if you are trying to avoid coercion, threats and bribes.
My MBA mate, Leonard Sommer from the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, conducted a fascinating online research with his brother Gordon. More than ...
The Dec. 9, 2013, issue of The New Yorker published a detailed but rather misguided article by Ian Parker, "The Big Sleep," about the complicated tangle of profit, science, and psychology in the search for better drugs to aid sleep.
It's a catch 22, really. There is a public outcry against "overdiagnosis" of ADHD, but the rigor required for thorough diagnosis is extensive, expensive and not well supported by our public health system. So what are we to do?
I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?
How teens navigate these years has real consequences for how they live the rest of lives. While there are always risks and downsides, the teen mind has unique positive qualities.
Here are examples of ongoing National Science Foundation-funded brain research that runs the gamut from discoveries about the brains of dinosaurs and birds to research involving Alzheimer's and beyond.
I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of The Independent...
In a recent commentary in Time magazine, Camille Paglia singles out a small group of feminists whose views on men are well known, and then acts as if ...
The personally tailored sponsored ads we receive daily on our computers are rather convenient. When the distance between the tips of our fingers to an ad is so small, do we really make a choice when responding to it? Brain research suggests the opposite: The ad chooses us.
How could I possibly have erectile dysfunction? I was only 23 and physically healthy. I went searching and found long threads of guys saying they thought porn had caused their ED. Unbelievable, but turns out it potentially had for me, too. It took me nine months to recover normal sexual function.
Thirty minutes a day of reading can determine whether or not a child can read or not read -- and that interaction can determine whether a child will stay in school or not stay in school.
We are starting to hear from a younger generation of cognitive and brain scientists who see through the sexiness and are perhaps beginning to appreciate that sex differences aren't quite as interplanetary as the old Mars/Venus pitch keeps trying to sell us.