cognition

Creative Improvisation in Jazz Can Draw On Either Side of the Brain

Creative Improvisation in Jazz Can Draw On Either Side of the Brain

In a study of jazz musicians, researchers found that the left hemisphere of the brain was the primary source of creativity in performers who were highly experienced in improvisation; the...
Daily Aspirin May Not Reduce Dementia Risk

Daily Aspirin May Not Reduce Dementia Risk

A new Australian study finds that, contrary to popular belief, taking low-dose aspirin once a day does not appear to lower the risk of thinking and memory problems caused by...
People Rate Their Bodies as More Attractive When Viewed From Outsider’s Perspective

People Rate Their Bodies as More Attractive When Viewed From Outsider’s Perspective

Are we the best at judging our own attractiveness? New research shows we aren’t. For a new study, researchers at the Experimental Virtual Environments (EVENT) Lab at the University of...

How to Be Still

Let the mind wander

How to Sit Still

Let the mind wander
How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

How Users Probe Fake News Online – Or Not

Facebook and Twitter provide us with a lot of information, but it’s getting harder and harder to tell what’s real and what’s not. Researchers at the University of Washington wanted...
Daily Avocado Linked to Better Attention in Overweight Adults

Daily Avocado Linked to Better Attention in Overweight Adults

Daily avocado consumption may improve the ability to focus attention in overweight and obese adults, according to a new randomized control trial published in the International Journal of
Challenging Goals and Tasks May Help Preserve Cognition in Retirees

Challenging Goals and Tasks May Help Preserve Cognition in Retirees

Some middle-aged and older adults, particularly women, who disengage from difficult tasks and goals after they retire, may be more likely to experience cognitive decline as they age, according to...
Curious Nonconformists May Have Less Risk of Alzheimer’s

Curious Nonconformists May Have Less Risk of Alzheimer’s

Swiss researchers are leading an effort to ascertain if personality or nonbiological factors may influence the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE)
Binaural Beats and Mindfulness May Help Reduce Mental Fatigue

Binaural Beats and Mindfulness May Help Reduce Mental Fatigue

A new Danish study suggests that just 12 minutes of binaural beats — a form of sound wave therapy — and 4 weeks of mindfulness training may be effective recovery...
Walking, Gardening, Swimming, Dancing Can Slow Brain Aging

Walking, Gardening, Swimming, Dancing Can Slow Brain Aging

Older people who regularly walk, garden, swim, or dance may have bigger brains than their inactive peers, according to a preliminary study. Researchers say the exercise may slow brain aging...
Low-Carb Diet May Prevent or Even Reverse Brain Aging

Low-Carb Diet May Prevent or Even Reverse Brain Aging

A new neuroimaging study has found some good news and bad news about brain aging. First the bad news: Neurobiological changes associated with aging can be seen at a much...
Physical Health Problems in Your 20s Affects Brain Health Decades Later

Physical Health Problems in Your 20s Affects Brain Health Decades Later

Having health issues such as smoking, high cholesterol, or a high body mass index (BMI) in your 20s may make you more likely to have problems with thinking and memory...
Household Chemicals Linked to Child Language Delays

Household Chemicals Linked to Child Language Delays

Toddlers from low-income homes whose mothers reported frequent use of harmful chemicals such as household cleaners were more likely to show delays in language and cognitive development, according to
Kids Who Read Books Daily Do Better on School Tests

Kids Who Read Books Daily Do Better on School Tests

A good book does more to boost literacy skills than other types of reading material, according to a new study. In fact, what children choose to read outside school directly...
In Lab, An Antidepressant Shown to Harm Baby Neurons

In Lab, An Antidepressant Shown to Harm Baby Neurons

Fetuses exposed to the common antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil and Seroxat) may experience harmful effects to the brain, according to a new lab study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...
Mindfulness Training for Military, Firefighters Can Boost Resiliency, Attention

Mindfulness Training for Military, Firefighters Can Boost Resiliency, Attention

New research reveals that firefighters and military personnel who participated in mindfulness training programs tailored to their professions experienced improved attention and resilience. These
Varied and Consistent Daily Activities Improve Brain Health

Varied and Consistent Daily Activities Improve Brain Health

New research suggests the key to keeping our brain healthy during the aging process is to engage in diverse activities regularly, beginning in young adulthood. Activity diversification was found to...
Bilingualism Can Delay Early Dementia Symptoms, But May Mean Faster Decline After Diagnosis

Bilingualism Can Delay Early Dementia Symptoms, But May Mean Faster Decline After Diagnosis

A new study provides new evidence that bilingualism can delay early symptoms of dementia. However, researchers at York University in Canada also found that once diagnosed, the decline to full-blown...
New Study: Non-invasive Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

New Study: Non-invasive Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

New research suggests advances in technology now allow software to predict a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias from information obtained during routine physician