Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms Could Be Mistaken for PTSD

A few studies in recent years are showing possible signs that soldiers who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by battlefield explosions are mistakenly diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, what might be happening is that the soldiers’ pituitary glands have been damaged by the blast–which has led them to…

Dr. Michael Merzenich Wins the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Posit Science’s very own Dr. Michael Merzenich has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his work in discovering adult brain plasticity and applying its principles to improve the human condition! The Kavli Prize––a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation, and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and…

Is Pregnancy Brain a Real Thing?

You’ve likely heard the term “pregnancy brain” used by self-deprecating mothers-to-be when they aren’t feeling or behaving up to their usual cognitive snuff. Some pregnant women say they often forget things easily, are less attentive than normal, and just don’t seem like themselves. But does so-called pregnancy brain manifest itself in measurable cognitive loss? Myra…

FTC Takes Action on Brain Training

There are quite a few brain-training programs around, and it can take an expert to figure out which ones actually work. Unfortunately, too many programs have little or no science backing up their claims to improve brain function. BrainHQ is different: people with deep knowledge of the brain designed our exercises, and a wealth of…

BrainHQ Improves Internal Locus of Control – Here’s Why That Matters

An early study of BrainHQ brain training exercises found that training can improve internal locus of control. Unless you are a Psychology professor, you are probably thinking, “what the heck does that mean, and why should I care?” This excerpt from Exploring Psychology in Modules with Updates on DSM-5, 9th Edition, by David G Myers, beautifully explains what…

Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

Long-Term Shift Work May Prematurely Age the Brain

Recent research has found that chronic shift workers–especially, those who have done shift work for at least 10 years–may suffer from a premature aging of the brain equivalent to 6.5 years. The problem occurs because of a disruption in the circadian rhythms of the brain. The researchers believe that disrupting the body’s internal clock can…

Study: BrainHQ Improves Balance & Gait, Reduces Fall Risk

The second in an exciting pair of new studies on fall risk and mobility published this month.  The latest study showed that training (for 20 hours with visual exercises found in BrainHQ) resulted in what the university-based researchers found to be significant and “large” gains in standard measures of balance and mobility. The performance of…

Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama

Of all the neuroscientists in the world, who had the honor of sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama last week? Our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Michael Merzenich, was chosen for a very special on-stage discussion with His Holiness that took place this past weekend week at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The symposium, titled “Neuroplasticity and Healing,” centered on the topic…