By: Anu Acharya
As we enter an era of a transforming cerebrals
there will soon be “Mindful” wearables
to concentrate, meditate and self regulate
Did I just see you drop your jawbone at the gate?
Charge yourself to a calming or energizing state
Enhance memory and you are now feeling great
Your life may soon be in a different motion
With Electrical and magnetic brain stimulation
Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »
Electrical brain stimulation moves from lab to home, experts wary (CBC radio):
“Zapping your brain to adjust your mood may sound like the stuff of science fiction, or a campy B movie.
But Anna Wexler is a real life grad student at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, demonstrating a real, commercially available device she bought for less than $300 Read the rest of this entry »
Brain Stimulation in Children Spurs Hope—and Concern (Scientific American):
“The idea of using magnets or electric currents to treat psychiatric or learning disorders — or just to enhance cognition — has generated a flurry of excitement over the past ten years. The technique is thought to work by activating neural circuits or by making it easier for neurons to fire. The research is still in its infancy, but at least 10,000 adults have undergone Read the rest of this entry »
Predicting future cognition in preterm children with MRI (Oxford University Press blog):
“In the wake of the development of advanced neonatal intensive medical care, more and more children born preterm manage to beat the previously tough odds…While this is one of the success stories of modern medicine, long-term follow-up of premature-born pediatric cohorts show that…Many children will experience cognitive problems that will Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
My colleague Dr. Murali Doraiswamy just wrote an excellent opinion piece for The New York Times: With Age Comes Wisdom, and Some Concerns For Candidates.
He ends it up saying that, “As Henry Ford noted, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” We should shift the debate away from worrying about the age of our candidates and focus instead on their cognitive skill set and practical wisdom.”
I couldn’t agree more with those wise words.
But, I do disagree with the words just preceding them: “Warren Buffett, at the age of 85, would still be a highly viable candidate, should he choose to run.”
To see why I disagree–and why it matters–let me synthesize some recent research on brain health, cognition and aging. Read the rest of this entry »
The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain (New York Times):
“A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition…
In general, the researchers found, most of the exercisers showed improvement in their thinking skills…but these gains were about the same whether people had exercised for 75 minutes a week or 225 minutes Read the rest of this entry »
Brain Training May Help Avoid Civilian Casualties (Duke Today):
“Although firing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller decisions and movements that require coordination between multiple brain areas.
The sudden decision to not shoot, called ‘response inhibition,’ is critical when someone innocent comes into the line of fire. Read the rest of this entry »