Study: Every Hour of TV Watched Shortens Your Life by 22 Minutes

An Australian study recently released a shocking finding: every hour of television a person watches shortens their life by an average of 22 minutes. Looking at the behavior of 11,000 participants, the Queensland scientists found that people who watched around 6 hours of TV each day lived an average of almost 5 years less than…

Saluting our Soldiers Series: Cognition and Combat

Ed. Note: To coincide with Independence Day celebrations, we’re offering an educational 4-part series “Saluting our Soldiers.” We’re taking a closer look at the mental health issues facing today’s soldiers and veterans—and sharing the latest research news affecting military personnel. Overview: The brain of an active duty soldier experiences a heavy cognitive load. Because combat situations…

European Study Combines Exercise and Brain Training for Memory

I’ve just gotten back from a very exciting scientific meeting in Greece (yes, the life of a brain scientist occasionally has its perks!) I had the opportunity to visit our collaborators in the Long-Lasting Memories consortium. This research group, with members in Greece, Spain, Austria, France, and Cyprus, is working to develop a combined brain…

Playing the Right Type of Video Game Improves Brain Performance

Last week, yet another study showing the beneficial impact of playing video games appeared in the news.  Traci Sitzmann, as assistant professor of management at the University of Colorado, Denver, did a meta-analysis of a number of different studies to find out if training workers would improve performance on the job.  Her conclusion: … [she…

Evidence Matters

I had two recent experiences that had me wondering about the importance of evidence in marketing of products. The first experience was in the checkout line at the local grocery store.  There was a display of “Neuro” branded products, e.g., Neuro Gasm, Neuro Bliss, Neuro Sleep.  These products are bit of a mixture of science,…

Gentlemen: Start Your Engines! It’s Men’s Health Week

Every year, the week leading up to Father’s Day is designated as Men’s Health Week. According to their official website,  the purpose of Men’s Health Week is “to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.” So… what can YOU do? Here are some…