Essential Reads

More Proof That Aerobic Exercise Can Make Your Brain Bigger

By Christopher Bergland on February 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research confirms that sustained aerobic exercise stimulates the birth of new neurons in the adult brain. This process may improve learning and memory, especially as we age.

The Mysterious Connection Between Smell and Our Past

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Can Your Diet Make You Stupid?

By Gary L. Wenk Ph. D. on January 29, 2016 in Your Brain on Food
Obesity induces alterations in how the DNA within the cells of your brain allow you to encode new memories.

Read Any Good Memories Lately?

Could Jane Austen and your 6th grade crush be standing between you and material success? The possible perils of reading and remembering for pleasure.

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Obesity, Diet, and Your Brain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 10, 2016 Media Spotlight
Recent research has found a strong link between high fat, high sugar "Western diets" (WD for short) and obesity, brain functioning, and our ability to learn.

How Does the Law Treat Repressed Memories?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on February 09, 2016 So Sue Me
The existence of repressed memories is a controversial topic in psychology. But how will it play out in court?

Who Wipes Who? Life After Depends

By Eliezer Sobel on February 08, 2016 The 99th Monkey
Although I knew it wasn’t really the “right” thing to think, I was nevertheless secretly grateful to Alzheimer’s; it had allowed for the healing of my relationship with my mother.

Do Learning Styles Determine Grades?

Do Learning Styles Predict Grades?

Why Is Your Child Good (Or Bad...) at Both Math and Reading?

By Garth Sundem on February 03, 2016 Brain Trust
Why do reading and math go together? Is it general intelligence boosting both? Study skills? Tiger parenting? A new study pinpoints this skill...and it's not general intelligence.

Training the Brain to Control Negative Emotions

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on February 03, 2016 Memory Medic
The human brain contains a distinct network that serves as its executive agent. This network can be trained to develop a more robust capacity for executive control.

Is "Retroprognosis" a Word?

By Kaja Perina on February 01, 2016 Brainstorm
The snapshot depicted two boys years before tragedy struck; as such it was a momentary portal to an alternate reality in which the Unabomber never came into being.

The Unshakeable Power of Rumor

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 Mental Mishaps
Have you heard the latest? When we hear rumors, we make guesses and draw conclusions. But can we correct our mistaken beliefs when we receive more accurate information?

What the film Altered Minds Reveals about Family Secrets

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on January 26, 2016 The Squeaky Wheel
Part two of my interview with the director of 'Altered Minds'--focusing on family secrets.

Developmental Coordination Disorder & Working Memory

How is memory linked to poor balance, coordination and handwriting (Dyspraxia)?

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?

The Flavors of Our Travels

Food is a gateway to the cultures we are exploring, and later, a faithful gateway to our memories.

Regrets? I've Had a Few

By E E Smith on January 16, 2016 Not Born Yesterday
Drop the name "Sinatra" in almost any conversation and people will know you mean Ol' Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, leader of the Rat Pack.

7 Ways to Trump Brain Games

By Susan Reynolds on January 11, 2016 Prime Your Gray Cells
Now that the shine has been dimmed on “brain games” in staving off aging-related decline, it’s important to revisit scientifically proven ways to keep your brain healthy.

A Place in the World: Place Meanings in Early Recollections

Why and how place or location matters in the first memories of life.

Advice For Teachers: How To Make Daily Quizzes Work

Do you want to give daily quizzes in your class? Here are a few tips based on experience.

Dyslexia and Working Memory

Are they related? And what's the link?

Reflections on 'Making a Murderer'

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on January 01, 2016 What Shapes Film?
'Making a Murderer'. Surely life, people, and motives are more complicated and undefined than the story in any opening or closing argument or documentary can contain?

The Last Time I Saw Paris

By Susan Hooper on December 30, 2015 Detours and Tangents
In high school and college I yearned to live in Paris. But life intervened, and I made just one trip there. Now I wonder if I can summon the courage to visit again.

5 Ways to Hack Your Nightmares

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 27, 2015 Women Who Stray
Learning what nightmares are, and what they aren't, is one of the first ways to remove their power.

New Year, New (Brain Health) Resolutions

Looking for New Year's resolution tips for brain health? Here are the do's and don'ts.

Where Did The Joy Of Learning Go?

When school stops being fun, all too frequently, learning stops. Help your child retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning. Connect your children to what they learn at school through their interests and past positive experiences so they will WANT to learn what they HAVE to learn.

It Is Alright To Be Sad During the Holidays

We all miss the departed who once made a holiday extra memorable. There is a way to honor their life and memory to lessen that blow of their absence.

Deep Into the Darkness On Pluto

By Greg O'Brien on December 18, 2015 On Pluto
The stress from Alzheimer's for patient and caregiver is a deadening deep into the darkness. One never knows who's going to show up in the early stages of the disease.

It's OK to Be Nostalgic. Here's the Science That Proves It.

Feeling nostalgic? Indulge yourself. Those happy memories of the past may make you better able to deal with the present.

"I Think I Can." Self-Efficacy and First Memories

By Arthur J. Clark Ed.D. on December 13, 2015 Dawn of Memories
Early recollections and the belief in an ability to overcome challenges in life

He Dunnit

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on December 10, 2015 Shadow Boxing
Recent cases in the news highlight roving serial killers whose random acts had terrible ripple effects.

Why Sitting Is Bad For Learning If You Have ADHD

Don't wiggle - sit still! Why traditional classroom behavior may not be best for all kids.

Sonia Lea: Sex, Love, and Honesty

By Jennifer Haupt on December 07, 2015 One True Thing
"My husband went into surgery for a rare cancer and came out without any memories of our life... After twenty-three years of marriage, he awoke without his sexual history."