By: Judith Hanna, PhD
— Dancing to the clapping of bands. Egyptian, from the tomb of Ur-ari-en-Ptah, 6th Dynasty, about 3300 B.C. (British Museum)
Everyone experiences stress at some point in our lives. It is important to know that stress can harm the brain, and also that dance can be a great avenue for a person resist, reduce, or escape it.
Stress can change the physical structure and function of the brain, affecting wiring and thus performance of one’s activities. Read the rest of this entry »
(Editor’s Note: Hat tip to co-author Tj Shors for bringing this fascinating new study to our attention)
“It is widely accepted that aerobic exercise and meditation training are useful behavioral therapies for remediating clinical symptoms of depression. However, no study to date has assessed the combined effects of the two behavioral interventions. Here, we present data indicating that Read the rest of this entry »
By: Judith Hanna, PhD
— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece
Dance. Is it merely art? Is it just recreation? Think again.
Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning. And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.
Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Majid Fotuhi
A pair of thumb-sized structures deep in the center of the human brain are critical for our ability to learn and remember. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hippocampus – which means seahorse in Greek. These brain areas have the unique capacity to generate new neurons every day. In fact, recent human studies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »
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 »