How many of us were told by our moms and dads when we were young that “good things come to those who wait?” But sometimes that wait can seem like forever… This week, that advice came true for a pioneering group of scientists—and it took more than twenty years. Time Magazine just announced its special…Details
Our blog editor asked me to write about how we started working with Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady. It started with a phone call after the 2014 Super Bowl. The caller said he worked with Tom Brady. Yes, the Patriots’ Tom Brady. He was, in fact, Alex Guerrero, who has been Tom’s personal trainer and body…Details
When I was in college, I took a lot of science courses. Really, a lot — maybe even too many. And mostly what they taught me was how scientists believed the world worked — right then, as of the early 1990’s. Luckily for me, my college roommate took a somewhat broader curriculum, and much to my benefit, we talked…Details
An interesting paper came across my radar week – “Placebo effects in cognitive training” published in PNAS (with a paywall, unfortunately). In this paper, the authors investigate the effect that people’s expectations might have on the results of brain-training experiments. Every research study needs to recruit people to participate, and a common way is to…Details
Posit Science’s very own Dr. Michael Merzenich has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his work in discovering adult brain plasticity and applying its principles to improve the human condition! The Kavli Prize––a partnership between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, The Kavli Foundation, and The Norwegian Ministry of Education and…Details
There are quite a few brain-training programs around, and it can take an expert to figure out which ones actually work. Unfortunately, too many programs have little or no science backing up their claims to improve brain function. BrainHQ is different: people with deep knowledge of the brain designed our exercises, and a wealth of…Details
We have reported before about how important sleep is for good brain function and long-term cognitive health, as well as some proven ways to improve your sleep. But what happens when your brain doesn’t sleep? Here is a fun, in-depth infographic from .Mic to break it down for you.Details
Editor’s note: Today we are excited to share a guest post from Kathleen Carter. Kathleen is a teen living with Asperger’s Syndrome. She enjoys educating her peers and others about AS. She does so by writing proudly about how her life differs from other people her age. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to write…Details
We get a lot of questions about music and the brain. We recently found this great infographic on music and the brain from the University of Florida, and wanted to share. Enjoy!
I love this infographic from the Huffington Post- it not only gives you 16 ideas for boosting happiness, but also graphically shows how much time each activity requires and how big a boost you get from doing it. You can read the full article for the lowdown on the scientific research behind each idea.