HIV-Related Cognitive Decline – Webinar with Dr. Sean Rourke

We are so excited to be sponsoring a webinar entitled HIV-Related Cognitive Decline: Can Brain Training Help? The webinar will be held this Thursday, June 10, from 1-2 PM Pacific time. Our esteemed host will be Sean Rourke, PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Toronto. He specializes…

Lessons from the Hand and Mind Symposium

Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on Dr. Merzenich’s blog On The Brain on May 26, 2010. I had the great pleasure of attending a symposium held in the College of Education at my alma mater, the University of Portland, focused on this interesting subject, and the implications that it bears for effective learning and teaching. My…

Evaluating Brain Fitness Programs – Which Should I Choose?

The brain fitness market has expanded rapidly in recent years, and there is now a large selection of computer and on-line brain training exercises to choose from. At one end of the spectrum are games that are purely for entertainment purposes. At the other end are exercises that have been scientifically validated in clinical trials.…

Junk Food and Addiction – How Cheesecake and Bacon are Like Heroin and Cocaine

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps produce a reward response in the brain. This response kicks into action when we do something pleasurable- like eating highly palatable food. It is known that there is a reduction in this reward response in obese people. However, it is unclear whether the reduction in reward precedes obesity and…

Music Has Charms to Soothe a Savage Brain

Is there really anything more interesting to talk about than music? Personally, I can’t think of anything else I would rather occupy my thoughts and conversations with. That’s probably because for me, music connects to everything worth caring about in the first place: culture, technology, and language. Mark Richardson, one of my favorite modern writers…