Brain supplements that claim to boost cognitive function are increasingly popular, growing from a $4 billion industry of about 4,000 unique products to a $40 billion industry with as many as 80,000 different products on the market. [Read more…] about Study: Over-the-counter “brain enhancement” supplements in the US found both to a) contain multiple unapproved drugs and b) lack some ingredients listed on the label
Older people have become younger: physical and cognitive function have improved meaningfully in 30 years (University of Jyväskylä release):
The functional ability of older people is nowadays better when it is compared to that of people at the same age three decades ago. This was observed in a study conducted at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. The study compared the physical and cognitive performance of people nowadays between the ages of 75 and 80 with that of the same-aged people in the 1990s. [Read more…] about Study: Elders today are in significantly better shape–physically and cognitively–than three decades ago
Is brain training the cure for car sickness? (The Sunday Times):
RESEARCHERS from the University of Warwick think they’ve found the cure for motion sickness, a condition to which a third of people are highly susceptible and from which anyone can suffer. The implications could be significant should fully driverless vehicles become a reality, with passengers predicted to be more susceptible to nausea while working, reading or watching screens during travel. [Read more…] about Study: Self-driving cars will increase motion sickness…unless we retrain our brains to improve visuospatial skills
” … 19 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomized to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement. Participants were instructed to implement this information into their own lifestyles. The intervention group received the same online information, plus active components to assist with implementing this information into their lifestyles: dietitian sessions, an exercise physiologist session, and online brain training. [Read more…] about Study: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
Who would have thought that children living at higher altitudes have lower risk of developing ADHD than peers at lower elevation levels? As the research described below suggests, however, this may be the case.
The impetus for this study is the well-documented regional variation in the prevalence of ADHD in youth. For example, national data for the years 2007–2009 indicate that ADHD prevalence rates were approximately 10% in the south and midwest but only 5% in the western US. How can such substantial regional variation be explained? [Read more…] about Study finds surprising correlation between states’ elevation and ADHD prevalence
How often do you discuss office gossip via chat while participating in a Zoom meeting? Or read a document while talking on the phone with a client? Or think about problems at work while helping your child with her homework?
We are constantly exposed to lots of information flows and To Dos and often required to perform multiple tasks at once. It is not easy to stay focused and be truly productive. [Read more…] about Simple, quick brain teaser to test the limits of multitasking