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Neuroplasticity explains why humans adapt faster than (genetically-controlled) chimpanzees

chimpanzee_human_brainsNature and nur­ture: Human brains evolved to be more respon­sive to envi­ron­men­tal influ­ences (

Chim­panzees are our clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tives, but what is it about the human brain that makes us so dif­fer­ent? Researchers at the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity may have unearthed another piece of the puz­zle. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap



Brain scans reveal how poverty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

Grow­ing up poor has long been linked to lower aca­d­e­mic test scores. And there’s now mount­ing evi­dence that it’s partly because kids can suf­fer real phys­i­cal con­se­quences from low fam­ily incomes, includ­ing brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth unemployment can lead to long-term cognitive and emotional scars



Youth unem­ploy­ment pro­duces mul­ti­ple scar­ring effects (British Pol­i­tics & Policy):

Being unem­ployed when young leads to a higher like­li­hood of long-term ‘scar­ring’ in later life in terms of sub­se­quent lower pay, higher unem­ploy­ment and reduced life chances accord­ing to much research…There is also evi­dence of greater men­tal health prob­lems in their 40s or 50s Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Sports-related concussions can impact academic performance, especially in high school



Con­cus­sions Are Hav­ing An Alarm­ing Impact On The Aca­d­e­mics Of Stu­dents (Reuters):

Stud­ies in the last five years have focused largely on the ath­letic side of the equa­tion — “tak­ing them off the field, not putting them back on the field with symp­toms, but this is really look­ing at the stu­dent side of the equa­tion,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?


Brain Scans May Help Pre­dict Future Prob­lems, And Solu­tions (NPR):

Brain scans may soon be able to help pre­dict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Infor­ma­tion from these scans increas­ingly is able to sug­gest whether a child will have trou­ble with Read the rest of this entry »

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?


The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­ity is For­ever“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­ity traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Can neuroplasticity-based interventions address tinnitus-related cognitive deficits?

Tinnitus_manTin­ni­tus: Turn­ing Down the Vol­ume (Med­Page Today):

The drug D-cycloserine was no more effec­tive than placebo when used with a computer-based cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­gram for reliev­ing per­sis­tent ear ring­ing in patients with tin­ni­tus in a small clin­i­cal study, but patients did report fewer cog­ni­tive dif­fi­cul­ties… Read the rest of this entry »




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