As our kids return to school, it's a perfect opportunity to reflect on the human brain doing what it does uniquely well in all the known animal kingdom: learn. At the very foundation of that remarkable Homo sapien aptitude lies the structural integrity of the brain itself, which proves to be highly dependent on a native, salutary balance of dietary fats.
My stance on coffee is: moderation, moderation, moderation. There are great reasons to drink coffee, but like anything else, it matters how much and what kind you drink. Recent research offers good reasons to reconsider coffee, and some tips for being a responsible coffee consumer.
I once felt quite famous as a poet. Indeed, now that I think of it, I have felt famous twice.
Imagine a time when we do not only measure learning by the dots a student has collected, but instead can measure learning by the dots a child has connected, the strength of those connections, and the innovative creations that come as a result of those connections.
The modern malaise of technology is usually framed in terms of how it affects us as social beings, or how it allows work to bleed into our personal lives. But in both work and our social lives, technology often serves as a memory aid.
I used to have the most amazing memory. All of that changed when I slipped on a patch of ice one cold, February morning.
Keep in mind that both the quantity and the quality of sleep are important to memory function. Here are some basic strategies that can help you sleep both more and better:
By: Asha French Since I heard the news of Julian Bond's passing on Saturday, I have not been able to shake my memory of the story he told at Emory...
If you continue to stay active mentally by challenging yourself to think more deeply, avoiding constant distractions and information overload, and learning new skills and information, chances are your best brain years are still ahead of you, not behind you.
No, this isn't a story about the tragedy of Alzheimer's Disease, it's about your own memories being used as evidence against you in a court of law. Science fiction? I thought so, but not anymore.
While no one can ever guarantee your safety at the beach, the danger (perceived or not) points to some interesting things about the neuroscience of stress and anxiety.
Whoever invented the key fob for cars did not design it for women with more than one purse. I feel like I am playing a constant game of hide-and-seek with my keys.
Yesterday was a good day in the middle of a good month in what's turning into a pretty good summer. You know how it is -- moments melt into hours, in...
Tea has been soaring in popularity, especially among those looking to boost metabolism or anyone wanting a java-free caffeine kick. Meanwhile, researchers have been exploring the possible benefits of tea for mental health and cognition.
Annually since 1998, a uniquely talented group of people from around the country gather in New York City for the USA Memory Championship. The event consists of four qualifying tests of memorization.
Having a bad memory has a lot of advantages. You never lie, because, what's the point? You're great at networking because you can easily have the same conversation over and over again. You Google like a ninja.
Scientists are beginning to grasp the various styles of dream narratives. More specifically, psychiatrists at University of Montreal are trying to untangle the qualitative differences between the three categories of dream-states.
Fakhri el Ghezal tracks through photography the repeated absences and missing continuities of political leaders ripped away posters and billboards during the last half century since Tunisia freed itself from the French heel.
I hope that you are inspired enough to give meditation a chance as you deserve greater peace in your life. For those that already meditate, and will now try it at work, I am confident your boss and colleagues will appreciate the new super-hero at the office.
While we don't yet understand the brain mechanism underlying gum's purported cognitive benefits, research suggests that chewing the flavor-blasted rubber can help us stay awake and focused.