Introducing BrainHQ, the New Online Brain Fitness Center from Posit Science

We founded Posit Science with the goal of helping many millions of people enrich, empower, and extend (and if necessary, recover or transform) their lives by the use of our new, scientifically proven forms of brain exercise. We adopted the motto “Science to the People!” because we envisioned individuals in need of help throughout the…

Study Shows Evidence of Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Decline

“Chemobrain” or “chemofog” is a condition that affects cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy. Dozens of studies have shown that post-chemotherapy, patients may experience a decline in cognitive performance and memory, and many doctors have long believed chemobrain to be a significant problem for cancer patients. Despite this significant body of evidence, though, some medical professionals…

Study: Every Hour of TV Watched Shortens Your Life by 22 Minutes

An Australian study recently released a shocking finding: every hour of television a person watches shortens their life by an average of 22 minutes. Looking at the behavior of 11,000 participants, the Queensland scientists found that people who watched around 6 hours of TV each day lived an average of almost 5 years less than…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: Mental Health & Older Veterans

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: Recent findings presented at the annual “Brain at War” conference showed that living with…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: TBI, The "Signature Injury" of a Generation

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: Official military figures report that about 115,000 troops have experienced a traumatic brain injury…

European Study Combines Exercise and Brain Training for Memory

I’ve just gotten back from a very exciting scientific meeting in Greece (yes, the life of a brain scientist occasionally has its perks!) I had the opportunity to visit our collaborators in the Long-Lasting Memories consortium. This research group, with members in Greece, Spain, Austria, France, and Cyprus, is working to develop a combined brain…

Study: Most MS Patients Don’t Stick with Drug Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, debilitating disease that attacks the neurological system, affecting both body and brain function. A recent study of Canadian MS patients revealed that fewer than half of them consistently use MS medications for 2+ years.  The drugs, known as DMDs (disease-modifying drugs) have been proven to slow the progress of…

After Chemotherapy, Brain Can Be Impaired For 5+ Years

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle just released results of a recent study. The researchers were looking at “chemobrain,” a type of cognitive impairment that occurs following chemotherapy treatment. The study showed that tpost-chemo cognitive impairment may be longer lasting and more severe than generally believed. This finding is important because even today, some…

Brain Plasticity & Brain Fitness with Dr. Michael Merzenich

A few days ago, we hosted a Q&A session on Facebook about brain plasticity and brain fitness with Posit Science founder Dr. Michael Merzenich. For those who missed the discussion and prefer to read it in transcript form, I’ve re-posted it here. Question: I would love to know what Dr. Merzenich thinks about brain plasticity…