Your Brain in Love: Part 2 – Love and Marriage

Ed. note: This week, in the run-up to Valentine’s Day, we’re featuring a 5-part series about the neuroscience of love and romance. At the end, we’ll put the full series on our website. Enjoy! Unlike Helen Fisher, Ted Huston is more interested in studying what happens throughout long-term relationships. One interesting finding over a lifetime…

Controversies in Computerized Cognitive Training

A few months ago, a scientific colleague – Dr. Phil Harvey, of the University of Miami – came to me with a fun idea. He had been giving talks at various universities about cognitive training, and always got a lot of questions about the back-and-forth that seems to dominate our field (Cognitive training works! Cognitive…

Misleading Science Claims: The Case of Baby Einstein

A few years ago Disney announced that it is offering refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs purchased in the past five years. Why? Baby Einstein claimed to make babies “smarter,” but doesn’t. In fact, research suggests that if anything, watching such DVDs slows learning development in young children. Threatened with a class-action lawsuit, Disney began to…

Repair … Reactivate … Rejuvenate

Repair, Reactivate and Rejuvenate are all words I just came across while reading a magazine aimed at the more ‘sophisticated and achievement-oriented’ women of America.  Unfortunately these words were not in an article for brain fitness – although they could have been as that is what brain fitness exercises have been proven to achieve.   Instead the words were…