What Makes Up Working Memory?

I don’t know if you took music lessons as a child but . . . It’s hard for me to forget practicing my piano with my rather stern-faced teacher counting out the beat along with the metronome (it’s possible that she was stern-faced due to my lack of practice from the week before…). Now, returning…

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Lose the Gut, Improve the Mind

Many of you may have read my blog last Thursday, talking about Terry Bradshaw. Daniel Amen, MD has conducted studies on former NFL players, finding that many of the professional football players exhibited significant differences in their brain functioning that was consistent with chronic brain trauma. Many of these players were depressed and overweight when…

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Terry Bradshaw, the NFL, and New Brain Science Research

An article about Terry Bradshaw has just caught my attention – partly because I somewhat follow NFL football (the Patriots, Giants and Colts), but more because of it’s connection to the brain. On Monday, Bradshaw spoke out about the effect that his numerous concussions have had on his general cognitive functioning. He sustained more than…

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Aging and the Brain: Highlights from the Inner Reaches of Neuroscience

Many of us work with elderly people, either in our practices or in our personal lives. And of course, some of us are also getting closer to retirement ourselves and are starting to think about issues of brain deterioration in a more personal light. The field of neuroscience is exploding with new revelations from the…

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Want a Fresher Brain? Then Go to Bed Earlier

Our ancestors didn’t have televisions or even electricity. When it got dark, candles may have come out for a while, but before too long it was “lights out” for most people. With the advent of technology, nature no longer has to dictate our sleeping schedule, though perhaps it still should. “…the mice got fatter, showed…

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Your Brain is What You (and Your Mother) Eat

There have been lots of studies showing that kids are more likely to be overweight or “sugar-holics” if their parents, particularly their mothers, are. Many of these studies have based their conclusions on the role that mothers play in selecting foods for the household and in building awareness (or the lack thereof) of good nutrition…

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