Stimulate Your Brain

A recent British study revealed that people who drank three cups of water with breakfast in the morning scored better on tests that measured reaction time than did the test takers who skipped drinking water.  The researchers aren't quite sure how hydration affects the brain, and think it may be simply that thirst distracts a person, which makes it difficult to focus....more

Coconut oil for your brain?

I've been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately; it supposedly does everything from weight loss to tooth whitening. But this article on Mercola introduced me to a new claim: improving your brain.'m not saying whether or not it's true; I don't know. But the explanation is interesting....more

And the state with the healthiest brains is ...

America's Brain Health Index ranks states on a 21 factors. These include nutrition, mental health and social well-being. For 2014, Maryland came in at the top of the list. Why? They eat a lot of fish, have fewer smokers and have lower rates of Alzheimer's deaths. Interestingly enough, Maryland does NOT have high levels of religious or spiritual activities, which are factored in. So how did the other states fare?Washington was #2 and Colorado was #3. The 10 worst?Mississippi was worst. Then Alabama followed by North Dakota....more

7 Myths about your brain

I saw this when I logged in this morning. It's a piece on "7 Myths About the Brain That You Probably Believe": include:Myth #1: Listening to classical music makes you smarter.Truth: There's no proof of this, though there is a link between "arts/music and smarts." Myth #2: You only use 10% of your brain.Truth: You use 100% - just not all at once....more

Prebiotics, your gut and your brain

The manufacturer of the prebiotic Bimuno teamed up with the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford to demonstrate the effects of prebiotics on both the gut and brain.They fed reds either FOS or Bimuno. Both produced effects on the neuronal biochemistry of the rats. Rats who were fed prebiotics (multiple times) saw BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) increase. Rats who didn't receive probiotics did not see this increase....more

MEG brain imagining may let people train their own brains

The sci fi movies are always filled with stories about "mind control." The villian wants to control people's brains to make them do what he wants.But neuroscientists have discovered that you may be able to control your OWN mind - by watching your brain with magnetoencephalography (MEG) imaging.One of the study's researchers mentioned that it might be benefitial to people with epilepsy - allowing them to modify their brain activity to avoid a seizure....more

New findings on the brain may explain why girls' mature faster

New research from Newcastle University shows that the process of re-organzing our brains' connections happens earlier in girls. This may explain why girls mature faster during their teen years compared to boys.Once we're born, our brain starts pruning its connections in order to become streamlined. Despite the fact that some connections are lost during pruning, it's actually a good thing. It keeps the important connections to enhance the brain's network of information....more

Training My Brain

There is something I do everyday on the computer.Even the days I am on a Computer Fast I do this.I play Luminosity games....more

Researchers figure out how to measure creativity

It was only a matter of time.A neuroscientist and his team of researchers say they have a reliable test to measure creativity and it's a pretty simple one.Using single spoken words, researchers administered a two-minute "noun-verb test," asking 193 participants to "respond creatively with a verb" when shown a series of nouns - all while inside an MRI machine.The example they give is that when the noun is "chair," a creative answer might be "stand" (as in, stand on the chair) instead of the typical "sit."...more

Migraines can permanently alter your brain

If you get migraines, you'll want to read this. Or maybe not.New research from Denmark found that people who had migraines with aura (symptoms before the onset of the migraine) had:- a 68% increased risk of developing white matter brain lesions (compared to those who don't get migraines)- a 44% higher incidence of inarct-like abnormalities in their brain (which indicate disruption in blood flow to the brain) (compared to those who get migraines but without aura)- brain volume changes (both grey and white matter) - (compared to those without migraines)...more