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

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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?

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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?

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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 »

Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

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What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As discussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrowsmith Program, a suite of cognitive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cognitive areas that underlie a number of specific learning difficulties and disabilities.

I did so based on my journey to overcome my own severe specific learning difficulties Read the rest of this entry »

Silvia Damiano (About my Brain Institute): Why not democratise access to neuroscience?

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What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
I am the CEO of the About my Brain Institute, based in Sydney, Australia, with activities in Europe and North America. What excites me the most is working with the young talent in my organisation, as a great way to keep my brain young and continuously learning.

Please tell us about your inter­est in brain health and performance. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field?
I had my own brain scanned last year and, being in the leadership space for so many years, I thought, this is great, but why not democratise access to neuroscience? I believe that Read the rest of this entry »

To boost brainpower, ignore “smart drugs” and focus on experiences that harness neuroplasticity the right way

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Traditional scientific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed and essentially limited system that only degrades with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after childhood. By contrast, we have now come to appreciate that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system, capable of Read the rest of this entry »

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