Brain Health In The Time of the Coronavirus

The past month has been tough. All across the world, people have been asked to stay home and socially isolate themselves to protect themselves and their communities against the spread of the COVID19 pandemic. At Posit Science, we’ve all been working from home for five weeks now, sheltering in place with our families or roommates,…

A New Review of New Ways to Improve Brain Health

For decades, we’ve been waiting on the scientific community to find a cure for Alzheimer’s—but very little progress has been made. The first drug used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s was Cognex (tacrine), which was approved in 1993; and the most recent was Namenda (memantine), approved in 2003. That means that in the past…

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…

The Evidence for Brain Training – Seeing the Whole Picture

Brain training works! Brain training doesn’t work! Every week, I see a new headline in the news about brain training, and they reliably go back and forth between these two extremes like the tick-tock of a clock. Why the back and forth? If a study shows that brain training works in one week, how can…

Brain Training and Its Critics

When I was in college, I took a lot of science courses. Really, a lot — maybe even too many. And mostly what they taught me was how scientists believed the world worked — right then, as of the early 1990’s. Luckily for me, my college roommate took a somewhat broader curriculum, and much to my benefit, we talked…

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…