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…

Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama

Of all the neuroscientists in the world, who had the honor of sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama last week? Our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Michael Merzenich, was chosen for a very special on-stage discussion with His Holiness that took place this past weekend week at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The symposium, titled “Neuroplasticity and Healing,” centered on the topic…

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…

How We Talk About Hard Work vs. Talent Affects Outcomes

In the age-old discussion of what matters more–hard work vs. talent–a new research finding had shed some light on how language can affect outcomes. A recent study from Michigan State University has found that language that emphasizes hard work over innate ability can lead to more effective, efficient performance in many aspects of life. The researchers…

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…