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

The compelling case for working a lot less

April 9th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Researchers are learning that it doesn’t just mean that the work we produce at the end of a 14-hour day is of worse quality than when we’re fresh. This pattern of working also under­mines our creativity and our cogni­tion. Over time, it can make us feel phys­i­cally sick – and even, iron­i­cally, as if we have no purpose. Read full article: BBC, “The compelling case … Continue reading

Poor grades tied to class times that don’t match our biological clocks

April 2nd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

It may be time to tailor students’ class sched­ules to their natural biolog­ical rhythms, according to a new study from UC Berkeley and North­eastern Illi­nois Univer­sity.  Researchers tracked the personal daily online activity profiles of nearly 15,000 college students as they logged into campus servers. After sorting the students into “night owls,” “daytime finches” and “morning larks” — based on their activ­i­ties on days they … Continue reading

UMass Medical School Creates First Division of Mindfulness

February 24th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

As the bar for research on mind­ful­ness raises dramat­i­cally, a big change at the Univer­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts unites top-tier minds with increased resources to study meditation’s ther­a­peutic poten­tial. Read full article: mindful:healthy mind, healthy life, “UMass Medical School Creates First Divi­sion of Mind­ful­ness.”

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

February 16th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

A growing number of doctors and psychol­o­gists are concerned about our rela­tion­ship with the phone. There’s a debate about what to call the problem. Some say “disorder” or “prob­lem­atic behavior.” Others think over-reliance on a smart­phone can become a behav­ioral addic­tion, like gambling. Read full article: npr, “Smart­phone Detox: How to Power Down In A Wired World.”

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.”

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

January 4th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

…college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades. The research is unequiv­ocal: Laptops distract from learning, both for users and for those around them. It’s not much of a leap to expect that elec­tronics also under­mine learning in high school class­rooms or that they hurt produc­tivity in meet­ings in all kinds of work­places. Read … Continue reading

Why Aren’t We Talking About the Cognitive Health Crisis?

December 1st, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

Maybe more than any other disease, severe cogni­tive impair­ments have the poten­tial to unravel fami­lies. They’re not one and done. They drag on. They aren’t “lethal” in the normal sense. People with Alzheimer’s can lead long lives, the latter halves of which can get very diffi­cult for everyone involved. Read full article: Marks Daily Apple, “Why Aren’t We Talking About the Cogni­tive Health Crisis?”

How Not to Talk to Your Kids

September 5th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

New York Univer­sity professor of psychi­atry Judith Brook explains that the issue for parents is one of cred­i­bility. “Praise is impor­tant, but not vacuous praise,” she says. “It has to be based on a real thing—some skill or talent they have.” Once chil­dren hear praise they inter­pret as merit­less, they discount not just the insin­cere praise, but sincere praise as well. Read full article: New … Continue reading

Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain

August 10th, 2017 - By jen in Uncategorized

The studio for what is arguably the world’s most successful online course is tucked into a corner of Barb and Phil Oakley’s basement…This is where they put together “Learning How to Learn,” taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 coun­tries, the most ever on Coursera. The course provides prac­tical advice on tack­ling daunting subjects and on beating procras­ti­na­tion, and the lessons engag­ingly blend … Continue reading