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Finally, growing awareness of chemotherapy-induced cognitive deficits

fog brainBrain activ­i­ty changes seen after chemo (Reuters):

For some women with breast can­cer, changes in brain activ­i­ty while mul­ti­task­ing could explain “chemo brain” – reduced men­tal func­tion­ing that many expe­ri­ence after chemother­a­py, Bel­gian researchers say. “Cog­ni­tive com­plaints of peo­ple increase with chemother­a­py and Read the rest of this entry »

Use and misuse of ADHD drugs and nootropics among teenagers and toddlers

Human-brain-pillsRital­in may pose brain risks for young peo­ple with­out ADHD, study shows (Fox News):

Smart” drugs, like Rital­in, also known as nootrop­ics, are known to increase a person’s atten­tion span, mem­o­ry and abil­i­ty to stay alert. As a result, they have become increas­ing­ly abused by stu­dents seek­ing an extra edge in their stud­ies. Accord­ing to a report from The Part­ner­ship at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foun­da­tion, approx­i­mate­ly 1.3 mil­lion Amer­i­can teenag­er Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Well-targeted brain training videogame can lead to real-life benefits

Brain_Training_videogameA Mul­ti­task­ing Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger (The New York Times):

Brain sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that swerv­ing around cars while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly pick­ing out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term mem­o­ry and long-term focus Read the rest of this entry »

Brains shape technology as technology shapes brains

Is Your Brain Being Wired By Tech­nol­o­gy? (Cen­ter for Brain­Health at UT-Dal­las):

…Research shows we are exposed to three times more infor­ma­tion today as com­pared to four decades ago. This infor­ma­tion over­load leads to more mul­ti­task­ing and forces us to push our brain to do things it was not built to do. Tech­nol­o­gy is allow­ing us, push­ing us to Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: David DiSalvo on How Cultural Evolution Outpaces Natural Evolution and Old Brain Metaphors

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion today with David DiS­al­vo, author of What makes your brain hap­py and why you should do the oppo­site, mod­er­at­ed by Alvaro Fer­nan­dez. You vis­it pre­vi­ous Q&A Ses­sions Here.

Full Tran­script (Light­ly edit­ed) of Live Q&A held on Decem­ber 9th, 2–3pm ET

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