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

Association of Food Allergy and Other Allergic Conditions With Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children

June 12th, 2018 - By jen in Autism Spectrum

Ques­tion  What are the asso­ci­a­tions of food allergy and other allergic condi­tions with autism spec­trum disorder (ASD) in chil­dren? Find­ings  This cross-sectional study used nation­ally repre­sen­ta­tive data from 199 520 chil­dren aged 3 to 17 years who partic­i­pated in the US National Health Inter­view Survey from 1997 to 2016. Chil­dren with food, respi­ra­tory, and skin aller­gies were signif­i­cantly more likely to have ASD than chil­dren without … Continue reading

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

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

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