You Still Need Your Brain

May 22nd, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, said last year at an industry conference that he “cannot answer” why his children should learn the quadratic equation. He wonders why they cannot “ask Google.” … Continue reading

Learning to Think Like a Computer

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

It’s obvious that computers have become indispensable problem-solving partners, not to mention personal companions. But it’s suddenly not enough to be a fluent user of software interfaces. Understanding what lies behind the computer’s seeming magic now seems crucial. In particular, “computational thinking” is captivating educators, from kindergarten teachers to college professors, offering a new language and orientation to tackle problems in other areas of life. … Continue reading

When I Was Your Age’ And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

April 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

It’s difficult to have a teenager’s mind. The brain develops rapidly during the adolescent years, which partially explains why teens experience anger, sadness and frustration so intensely… During these tumultuous years, hormones surge, bodies change and adolescents must face a number of social and academic challenges, such as managing their relationships, coping with peer rejection and,— especially this time of year — graduating from high … Continue reading

Do You Zone Out? Procrastinate? Might Be Adult ADHD

April 12th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD

Do you pop up from your seat during meetings and finish other people’s sentences? And maybe you also procrastinate, or find yourself zoning out in the middle of one-on-one conversations?  It’s possible you have adult ADHD… Six simple questions can reliably identify adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a World Health Organization advisory group working with two additional psychiatrists. Read full article: npr, “Do You … Continue reading

Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses

April 6th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

By middle age, the lenses in your eyes harden, becoming less flexible. Your eye muscles increasingly struggle to bend them to focus on this print… But a new form of training — brain retraining, really — may delay the inevitable age-related loss of close-range visual focus so that you won’t need reading glasses. Read full article: The New York Times, “Training Your Brain So That … Continue reading

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

April 3rd, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number. Read full article: The New York Times, “The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles”

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

March 20th, 2017 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD, Uncategorized

Public education is more stressful than ever for our children, as standardized testing requirements increase and programs like art, music and physical education are being phased out. The result of this type of environment is predictable, and the medical establishment and big pharma are making a killing by drugging active children with ADHD medications – but one Texas school district is challenging that status quo. … Continue reading

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

March 16th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol. Read full article: The New York Times, “Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?”

Depression Strikes Today’s Teen Girls Especially Hard

February 14th, 2017 - By jen in Psychotherapy

It’s tough to be a teenager. Hormones kick in, peer pressures escalate and academic expectations loom large. Kids become more aware of their environment in the teen years — down the block and online..But a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests many more teenage girls in the U.S. may be experiencing major depressive episodes at this age than boys. Read full article: npr, … Continue reading