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.
When you hear the word “echolocation” you probably think of bats. After all, we use the phrase “blind as a bat” and we know that bats use echolocation–bouncing sounds off of hard surfaces–to navigate their space effectively, despite poor eyesight. But did you know that humans are capable of this too? Daniel Kish, who became…Details
An early study of BrainHQ brain training exercises found that training can improve internal locus of control. Unless you are a Psychology professor, you are probably thinking, “what the heck does that mean, and why should I care?” This excerpt from Exploring Psychology in Modules with Updates on DSM-5, 9th Edition, by David G Myers, beautifully explains what…Details
I have just returned from a couple weeks in New Zealand, where I am collaborating with Dr. Melanie Cheung and others on a pretty incredible Huntington’s disease project. I am so inspired by what we’re doing there that I wanted to share a bit about it. More than 7,000 of the 4.5 million citizens of…Details