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…

Low-Impact Exercise and Activities Can Also Boost Brain

You have probably heard that aerobic exercise is important for brain health, but here is some good news: studies show that low-impact exercise and activities can also boost the brain. For example, gardening, swimming, and dancing have all been found to benefit the brain. For instance, engaging activities that include varied movement, like gardening, can…

Tired? Science Says Don’t Just Take a Nap or Drink Coffee…Do Both

In the past we have talked about the proven benefits of coffee.  We can now add one more benefit. When you’re feeling tired, you may wonder if you should take a nap or drink coffee. But scientists have found that a “coffee nap”–meaning, drinking coffee followed immediately by a short nap–may be the best solution to…

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…

10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Beat Stress

Feeling stressed? We have 10 ideas for you to help lessen it right now, with explanations and links to scientific research backing up these surefire stress busters. Which ones work for you?   Take a Hike: A study recently found that taking short walks in nature can help lower stress and improve well-being and cognitive health. Knit…

For ADHD, Exercise Gets Results

For many years, doctors have prescribed Ritalin and other stimulant drugs to treat kids with ADHD. The trend today is moving away from drug therapies, and the news is looking bright. While certain types of targeted brain exercises (similar to those in BrainHQ’s attention suite) have been found to help cognitive outcomes for people with…

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…

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…

Recommend: How to Stay Healthy, Active, & Sharp in Retirement

I recently contributed a chapter to a book called How to Stay Healthy, Active, & Sharp in Retirement. The book offers advice from 15 medical experts–including yours truly–about how to make the most of retirement age and how to stay sharp in retirement. It offers strategies to address the physical and mental issues that commonly confront us in…