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July 9th in Toronto, Canada: Latest research findings on Neuroplasticity, Brain Connectivity and Neuropsychological Measures

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Event descrip­tion: Join Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young as Dr Greg Rose presents his lat­est research find­ings about the Arrow­smith Pro­gram. Dr Rose at South­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­si­ty is cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing three research stud­ies on the Arrow­smith Pro­gram and also involved in an inter­na­tion­al sys­tem­at­ic research effort to under­stand how the Arrow­smith Pro­gram changes brain func­tion­ing and how this trans­lates into improved cog­ni­tive behav­iour. Read the rest of this entry »

AARP: A majority of Americans believe dietary supplements improve brain health, despite the lack of evidence

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New Report Dis­cour­ages Adults From Using Brain Health Sup­ple­ments (Pre­ven­tion):

This morn­ing, the Glob­al Coun­sel on Brain Health released a report con­clud­ing that dietary sup­ple­ments do not improve brain health or pre­vent cog­ni­tive decline, demen­tia, or Alzheimer’s dis­ease. The report, released by the AARP, flat­ly rec­om­mends that most con­sumers do not take sup­ple­ments for this pur­pose. Read the rest of this entry »

New study reinforces the importance of walking through forests for mental and general health

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I love trees and am not immune to hug­ging them. It may not be ratio­nal, but when I’m near one of these qui­et giants, I feel like they are kin—ancient grand­par­ents, or at least benev­o­lent wit­ness­es of his­to­ry and time.

Every­one prob­a­bly doesn’t feel the same way as I do, but per­haps they should. While being in nature leads to bet­ter health, cre­ativ­i­ty, and even kind­ness, there may be some­thing spe­cial about being among trees. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Monitoring the body’s electrical signalling to enhance brain health

Researchers are seek­ing to record and inter­pret the body’s elec­tri­cal sig­nals. Pic­ture: ZEISS Microscopy/Flickr

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READING THE BODY’S ELECTRICAL SIGNALS TO TREAT ILLNESS (Uni­ver­si­ty of Mel­bourne):

Chem­i­cal elec­tric­i­ty is how we move, think, and remem­ber.

And increas­ing­ly, as tech­nol­o­gy minia­turis­es and com­put­er pow­er mul­ti­plies, it’s how we are treat­ing chron­ic ill­ness.

Since the ful­ly implantable pace­mak­er was devel­oped in the 1950s to keep a patient’s heart beat­ing in rhythm using elec­tri­cal impuls­es, engi­neers have now gone on to devel­op devices that can be implant­ed direct­ly in the brain, under the scalp, or even inside blood ves­sels to treat dis­eases and dis­or­ders like Parkinson’s and epilep­sy, as well as men­tal ill­ness­es and paral­y­sis.

But Pro­fes­sor David Gray­den in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Melbourne’s Depart­ment of Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing is aim­ing to go fur­ther Read the rest of this entry »

Fun brain teaser for the weekend: What do you see?

– Cour­tesy Matt Lieber­man

What do you see first, animals or people?

And, if you try hard, and try dif­fer­ent … can you see both ani­mals AND peo­ple?  🙂

 

For more visu­al illu­sions and brain teasers:

For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work:

 

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