Trying Too Hard Can Actually Impede Second Language Learning

A recent study from MIT found that trying too hard can actually make it more difficult to learn a second language. The researchers found that adults who try to learn a new language may have cognitive skills and strategies that are too developed, and can impede second language learning. In fact, the harder the adults in the study…

New Eye Test Can Detect Early Alzheimer’s

I wrote recently about some things that can increase or decrease amyloid beta protein in the body, and how the protein plays a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Now, scientists are working on an eye test that scans for amyloid beta deposits in the retina as a way to detect early Alzheimer’s. The research is still in its early…

How Can Brain Plasticity Improve Your Marathon Time?

I recently read a great article in Runners’ World called The Running Machine Myth. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in how your brain plasticity processes can shape and affect your physical training goals, and how you can approach training to best apply your brain’s natural ability to grow and change. The world class…

Musical Training for ADHD? New Study Says Yes

A recent study has found that both people with musical training show better executive functioning in the brain as compared to non-musicians. Based on this finding, the scientists involved in the study have suggested that musical training for ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) may be an effective, non-invasive therapy for the disorder. “Executive functioning” is generally…

Why Does Brain Speed Matter, and What Can I Do to Improve It?

I just saw an article in Scientific American about why brain speed is important, how it decays as we age, and what the effects are on daily life over time. But this is nothing new: we have been talking about brain speed for years! Some highlights from the article include: “Studies suggest that the speed of information processing…

26 Fun Things You Can Do Right Now to Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign that aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. And it’s happening right now! Here are 10 fun things you can do right now to celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Boggle your brain with a bunch of fun brain teasers and tricks. Browse recipes…

Brain Hack: Use Targeted Brain Training to Improve your ESL Performance

Are you learning English as a second language? Here’s a tip: you can boost your performance in English by supplementing your language training with auditory brain training. Learning English as a second language can be challenging, and even frustrating. It may feel like words fly by so quickly that following a conversation seems almost impossible. Fortunately,…

Podcast: Dr. Merzenich Talks with Dr. Campbell About Brain Plasticity

We are big fans of Ginger Campbell, MD’s Brain Science Podcast series – she features fascinating neuroscience luminaries in her in-depth, hour-long interviews, including Norman Doidge, Jeff Hawkins, Sharon Begley, Edward Taub, and many more. Posit Science co-founder Dr. Michael Merzenich has been on the Brain Science Podcast once before, but recently revisited the show to discuss…

Landmark Study Shows Benefits of BrainHQ Training Last 10 Years

I am incredibly excited to announce that the scientists who ran the ACTIVE trial have reported that certain types of brain training—including one of the exercises in BrainHQ from Posit Science—can drive cognitive benefits that last 10 years. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first to show such…