Cycling May Increase Brain’s Density and Connectivity

We often talk about the benefits of different physical exercise on the brain, but here’s a new one that’s being studied: cycling. A recent study from the Netherlands found that people who used an exercise bike for 6 months saw an increased density and connectivity in their brain’s white matter. The finding was seen in both people with…

To Improve Math Skills, Take a Walk

A recent study from Italy has found that mental addition and subtraction can be improved by taking a walk. The study, which involved 52 people, found that people performed mental math problems better when they were walking around instead of sitting down. Specifically, they were much better at adding numbers when they turned right, and…

Head Injuries in Youth May Increase Dementia Risk in Aging

A recent study has found some very troubling results: youth who experience head injuries may experience an increased risk of dementia as they age. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that head injuries can interfere with the performance of the glymphatic system, which is responsible for cleaning the brain of damaging debris. The lead researcher…

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…

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…

How Do You Really Become an Expert at Something?

I recently watched another great video from ASAP Science about talent vs. training. The video asks the question, “which is more important: genetics or hard work?” They briefly discuss research that looked at athletic achievements. The research found that a person’s genetics can mark them as a highly responsive to training, possessing high endurance, or both,…