Music Lessons Improve Children’s Cognitive Skills, Academic Performance

May 10th, 2018 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Uncategorized

Struc­tured music lessons signif­i­cantly enhance children’s cogni­tive abil­i­ties, including language-based reasoning, short-term memory, plan­ning and inhi­bi­tion, which lead to improved acad­emic perfor­mance. Published in Fron­tiers in Neuro­science, the research is the first large-scale, longi­tu­dinal study to be adapted into the regular school curriculum. Visual arts lessons were also found to signif­i­cantly improve children’s visual and spatial memory. Read full article: Labo­ra­tory Equip­ment, “Music Lessons Improve … Continue reading

Helping Kids With A.D.H.D., and Their Families, Thrive

April 26th, 2018 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD

When a child has atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tivity disorder, it affects every­body in the family, said Dr. Mark Bertin, a devel­op­mental pedi­a­tri­cian in Pleas­antville, N.Y. Parents need to under­stand the nature of A.D.H.D., he said, and appre­ciate that it affects “a host of self-manage­­ment skills,” which play out in school but also in daily home routines. Read full article: The New York Times, “Helping Kids With … Continue reading

Why Teenagers Become ‘Allergic’ to Their Parents

April 19th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

The arrival of spring is often prime time for hay fever, but adoles­cents seem to be able to develop an allergy to their parents, either inter­mit­tent or chronic, at any time of the year. This allergy usually has a sudden onset around age 13 and can last for months or, in some cases, years. While it’s no fun to become the parent who cannot order … Continue reading

Want to enjoy the deep, mystical sleep of our ancestors? Turn your lights off at dusk.

March 8th, 2018 - By jen in neuroAgility News, Sleep

What if you could medi­tate like a Tibetan lama with no instruc­tion what­so­ever — and without having to subscribe to any reli­gious beliefs?  People hear a ques­tion like that and, unless they are partic­u­larly gullible, they assume they’re about to be scammed. But in this case there is nothing to buy — no tapes, no app, no reli­gious agenda that gets sprung on you at … Continue reading

Learn How to Do Nothing With the Dutch Concept of Niksen

January 26th, 2018 - By jen in Anxiety, Neurofeedback News, Uncategorized

Instead of constantly occu­pying your mind with what you need to do next or bouncing from one task to another, niksen is the prac­tice of slowing it all down. As Mecking writes, it’s a welcome reprieve from soci­etal expec­ta­tions about work and produc­tivity that perme­ates the culture. Read full article: life­hacker, “Learn How to Do Nothing With the Dutch Concept of Niksen.”

10 Alternative Therapies for ADD & ADHD

January 16th, 2018 - By jen in Information on ADD/ADHD

Faced with the dilemma of poten­tial misdi­ag­nosis, conven­tional drug side effects, and a high rate of conven­tional treat­ment failure, I’m going to venture that it’s logical to seek out alter­na­tive ADHD ther­a­pies and basic lifestyle strate­gies that can either comple­ment or, in some cases, replace those prescribed by the doctor. Let’s look at a few of the more popular or emerging recom­men­da­tions.  Read full article: … Continue reading

CU Boulder to lead Pac-12 research initiative on student-athlete concussions

November 17th, 2017 - By jen in Athletic/Performance Enhancement, Mild/Traumatic Brain Injury

The Pac-12 Confer­ence announced today that CU Boulder has been selected to lead its Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Concus­sion Coor­di­nating Unit (PCCU), a multi-year, multi-site research initia­tive that will estab­lish best prac­tices and clin­ical infra­struc­ture for advancing educa­tion on trau­matic brain injury in student-athletes through the use of Sync­Think EYE-SYNC tech­nology, a world leader in neuro-tech­nology with foun­da­tional intel­lec­tual prop­erty in eye-tracking. Read full article: … Continue reading

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

August 14th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behav­iors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep moun­tains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinc­tive char­ac­ter­is­tics of the Millen­nial gener­a­tion began to disap­pear. In all my analyses of gener­a­tional data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it. Read full article: The Atlantic, “Have Smart­phones Destroyed a … Continue reading

No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. It’s Just Summer.

June 27th, 2017 - By jen in Teens

As summer gets underway, teenagers may be home more often, but that doesn’t neces­sarily mean you’ll see more of them. If they retreat to their rooms for hours or seem cagey about their plans, don’t take it person­ally. Following are four truths about teens that may help you and your adoles­cent coexist. Read full article: The New York Times, “No, Your Teen Doesn’t Hate You. … Continue reading