Brain Health

TODAY: Exercise can boost brain power, prevent heart damage

Looking for a magic elixir for health? There’s more evidence exercise may be it, improving thinking skills in older adults and protecting against heart damage in obese people, two separate studies published Monday show. (April 24, 2017) Read the full article here

Real Clear Science: Your brain’s amazing, dual-hemisphere design

The human brain evolved to have two halves — and a new review of previous research suggests that this dual design may confer special benefits. Scientists have long known that the different halves of human brains perform different functions. Read the full article here

Real Clear Science: Rethinking critical thinking

In an opinion piece published to the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Schmaltz suggests placing less emphasis on “critical thinking” and more on teaching students to “think like scientists.” An excellent place to start is with Carl Sagan’s “baloney detection kit.” (April 20, 2017) Read the full article here  

Neuroscience News: Measuring effects of sentence structure in the brain

When we learn to read, we say one word at a time. But how does the brain actually put words together when we read full sentences? An international team of researchers, including a Cornell cognitive scientist, reports physiological evidence showing how the brain combines words into phrases in real time during reading. (April 19, 2017) […]

News Medical: Delaying school start time linked to variety of benefits for teen students

A new position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) asserts that the school day should begin at 8:30 a.m. or later for middle school and high school students. Data show that later start times provide adolescents the opportunity to get sufficient sleep on school nights, which optimizes daytime alertness, reduces tardiness and […]