Why Does Brain Speed Matter, and What Can I Do to Improve It?

I just saw an article in Scientific American about why brain speed is important, how it decays as we age, and what the effects are on daily life over time. But this is nothing new: we have been talking about brain speed for years! Some highlights from the article include: “Studies suggest that the speed of information processing…

Tinnitus: A Special Example of a Failure Mode for your Plastic Brain

Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on Dr. Merzenich’s blog On The Brain on June 13, 2009. Millions of individuals (2% of humankind) are plagued by continuous sounds generated in their skulls, not coming from the real world. Because these ringing or roaring sounds are inescapable and because they strongly influence emotional-control processes in the brain, they…

Tinnitus, Music, and Brain Plasticity

Great news for tinnitus sufferers: today the New York Times reports that researchers in Germany have developed and tested a novel music therapy for ameliorating the symptoms of tinnitus, with promising results. The researchers’ work is based on behavioral training that aims to reorganize the auditory cortex- much as the Brain Fitness Program works.  Read…