Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say

August 27th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

A new study has alarming find­ings, but is prob­ably not surprising to anyone who knows a teenager: High-schoolers today are texting, scrolling and using social media instead of reading books and magazines…In their free time, Amer­ican adoles­cents are cradling their devices hours each day rather than losing them­selves in print or long-form media, according to research published Monday by the Amer­ican Psycho­log­ical Asso­ci­a­tion. Read full … Continue reading

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

August 8th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

What hasn’t received nearly as much atten­tion from memory researchers is how the brain forgets. “The vast majority of the things that are happening to me in my life — the conscious expe­ri­ence I’m having right now — I’m most likely not going to remember when I’m 80,” said Michael Anderson, a memory researcher at the Univer­sity of Cambridge, who has been studying forget­ting since … Continue reading

Escape to another world

August 2nd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

As video games get better and job prospects worse, more young men are drop­ping out of the job market to spend their time in an alter­nate reality. Ryan Avent suspects this is the begin­ning of some­thing big Read full article: The Econ­o­mist 1843, “Escape to another world.”

I Learned I Have Sleep Apnea. It’s More Serious Than Many People Realize.

July 30th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Sleep apnea can be down­right deadly, and not just for those who have it. It’s asso­ci­ated with a greater risk of depres­sion, heart attacks, strokes and other cardio­vas­cular condi­tions, as well as insulin resis­tance. As I learned, there’s no reason to meekly accept sleep apnea: There are many treat­ment options that can control it. Read full article: The New York Times, “I Learned I Have … Continue reading

Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.

July 23rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion last month added “internet gaming disorder” to its manual of psychi­atric diag­noses, and the reac­tion was, shall we say, muted.  At a time when millions of grown adults exchange one-liners with Siri or Alexa, the diag­nosis seems years overdue, doesn’t it? Read full article, The New York Times, “Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental … Continue reading

Cutting Edge’ Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

July 17th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum, Information on ADD/ADHD

Brain Balance says its nonmed­ical and drug-free program helps chil­dren who struggle with ADHD, autism spec­trum disor­ders and learning and processing disor­ders. The company says it addresses a child’s chal­lenges with a combi­na­tion of phys­ical exer­cises, nutri­tional guid­ance and acad­emic training. An NPR inves­ti­ga­tion of Brain Balance reveals a company whose promises have resonated with parents averse to medica­tion. But Brain Balance also appears to … Continue reading

A Map That Shows You Everything Wrong With Your Brain

July 9th, 2018 - By jen in neuroAgility News, Neurofeedback News

Kerson placed the cap on my head and clipped two sensors on to my earlobes, areas of no elec­trical activity, to act as base­lines. As she began Elec­tro­gelling the 19 spots on my head that aligned with the cap’s elec­trodes, I was nervous in two different direc­tions: one, that my brain would be revealed as subop­timal, under­func­tioning, defi­cient. The other, that it would be fine, … Continue reading

Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition

July 3rd, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

The elec­trical oscil­la­tions we call brain waves have intrigued scien­tists and the public for more than a century. But their function—and even whether they have one, rather than just reflecting brain activity like an engine’s hum—is still debated. Many neuro­sci­en­tists have assumed that if brain waves do anything, it is by oscil­lating in synchrony in different loca­tions. Yet a growing body of research suggests many … Continue reading

4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

June 25th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Our atten­tion gets hijacked by every­thing from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuro­sci­en­tist Amishi Jha shows how we can culti­vate the ability to focus on what really matters. “I think, there­fore I am distracted.” Read full article: TEDEd Lessons Worth Sharing, “4 simple exer­cises to strengthen your atten­tion and reduce distractibility.”    

What to Do When a Loved One Is Severely Depressed

June 18th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of…But deep in the comment threads, some have also been debating a more uncom­fort­able ques­tion: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you’ve started to feel that that nothing you can do will make a differ­ence, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers. Read full … Continue reading