The Best Brain TedTalks

For the past 25 years or so, TED Talks have been a great source of accessible information about cutting-edge research on the brain and its development over a lifespan. We’ve featured several on our blog and in other communications. Here, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites together so you can find them all in…

Brain Training and Bipolar Disorder

One of the most significant issue facing people with mental illness is their ability to integrate into society—to make friends, hold down a productive job, and contribute to their families. Imagine two people with bipolar disorder, both suffering the severe mood swings between manic energy and deep depression. One stays in touch with friends from…

Saluting our Soldiers: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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: A recent analysis found that the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) rate among troops serving…

Gray Matter on the Gridiron – What Does Neuroscience Have to Do with Football?

The question on most people’s minds this Sunday will be “Packers or Steelers?” not “What does the Super Bowl have to do with your brain?” For those of us who are interested in neuroscience, though, it turns out that there is a whole body of fascinating research and writings on a variety of topics that…

Simple, Clear Advice from Harvard Health on Protecting Memory

I ran across a very clear explanation from Harvard Health about how to protect the brain’s abilities. (Note: that link is a summary press release; to get the full report, you can purchase it here.) They talk about building your “brain bank” by challenging your mind and staying physically active.  It’s great to see a simple…

When PMS Strikes- Do You Blame Your Hormones or Your Head?

It’s common wisdom that women become emotionally unhinged when it’s their “time of the month,” right? Supposedly, we get weepy, angry, and just generally difficult whenever our periods come along. Is it true? For some women, sure, at least on occasion. Others aren’t as affected. This emotional instability has long been associated with hormonal changes…

Depression Increases the Risk of Developing Dementia

A new study has untangled the connection between depression and dementia, providing clear evidence that depression is a risk factor for dementia. Prior to this finding, it was unclear to researchers whether depression increased the risk of developing dementia or if dementia led to increased depression. Researchers screened nearly 1,000 participants and found 125 who…