Musical Training for ADHD? New Study Says Yes

A recent study has found that both people with musical training show better executive functioning in the brain as compared to non-musicians. Based on this finding, the scientists involved in the study have suggested that musical training for ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) may be an effective, non-invasive therapy for the disorder. “Executive functioning” is generally…

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…

Why Does Brain Speed Matter, and What Can I Do to Improve It?

I just saw an article in Scientific American about why brain speed is important, how it decays as we age, and what the effects are on daily life over time. But this is nothing new: we have been talking about brain speed for years! Some highlights from the article include: “Studies suggest that the speed of information processing…

26 Fun Things You Can Do Right Now to Celebrate Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign that aims to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. And it’s happening right now! Here are 10 fun things you can do right now to celebrate Brain Awareness Week. Boggle your brain with a bunch of fun brain teasers and tricks. Browse recipes…

Podcast: Dr. Merzenich Talks with Dr. Campbell About Brain Plasticity

We are big fans of Ginger Campbell, MD’s Brain Science Podcast series – she features fascinating neuroscience luminaries in her in-depth, hour-long interviews, including Norman Doidge, Jeff Hawkins, Sharon Begley, Edward Taub, and many more. Posit Science co-founder Dr. Michael Merzenich has been on the Brain Science Podcast once before, but recently revisited the show to discuss…

Landmark Study Shows Benefits of BrainHQ Training Last 10 Years

I am incredibly excited to announce that the scientists who ran the ACTIVE trial have reported that certain types of brain training—including one of the exercises in BrainHQ from Posit Science—can drive cognitive benefits that last 10 years. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is the first to show such…

More Evidence that Music Lessons May Strengthen the Brain

A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found that people who have learned to play music–at any point in life, including young childhood–enjoy brain benefits that last a lifetime. Specifically, people who have studied music exhibit strengthened brain connections that can positively impact language abilities. According to lead researcher Dr. Nina Kraus of Northwestern…

New Spinal Fluid Test May Predict Alzheimer’s…

Many researchers feel that interventions for Alzheimer’s patients don’t work well, because they offer too little, too late. But researchers at Johns Hopkins University have recently developed a new test that can predict Alzheimer’s years before the first symptoms appear, which could help at-risk patients take action to prevent or slow onset of the disease.…