Brain skills decline at 24, but there is good news

In the modeling world, 24 is practically ancient. When it comes to brain skills, we seem to be getting the same messages.I ran across this article about how our cognitive skills begin declining after age 24.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275645.phpMany people think of middle age as 45 or so, because that's when age-related declines start to show a bit more....more

Another link between running speed and learning speed

I'm not going to say that people who run are smarter. (Seriously, I'm not going to say it - mostly because I don't run anymore!) But, there's yet another link the brain getting stronger as the body moves faster.Basically, gamma rhythms produced during concentration and learning grew substantially as the mice ran faster.We already know exercise is good for you – especially in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's. But now we have an even clearer link between fitness and learning. Stronger body = stronger brain.Here's the piece:...more

More proof that brain cells can relearn after damage

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/229525.phpThe article above is a summary of a new finding on memories and how the brain can re-learn things, even after memories are basically erased.The structures between brain nerve cells are called synapses. The job of a synapses is essentially to relay messages. The electric signals that relay these messages are either strong or weak....more

Dept. of Defense awards $2 million to study brain training for TBI

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/229220.phpI know, it's a START. But I actually think that:A) $2 million is not very much money at all for something that is so common among our returning soldiersB) this money would be better spent on in-person brain training, not Internet-based training. But, anything that can help these troops is a step in the right direction. ...more

"The Autism Advantage" theory

I had never heard this perspective on autism, but I must say it's fascinating.The general idea is that autism was beneficial for our caveman ancestors because the symptoms of the disorder (like increased memory and concentration, as well as spatial intelligence) would have been advantageous in a society where there was very little social contact. (Cavemen were spread out.) Social skills wouldn't have been as necessary (to survive - or be liked!) but skills associated with today's autism would have been.Here's where I read about this idea:http://tinyurl.com/3jaurot...more

Brain training after brain injury

This is a really interesting segment on NPR about brain injury and the rehab that follows. Guests include: • John Keller, who was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle in 2008. He flew across five lanes of traffic before he hit the pavement. He arrived at the hospital in Houston in a vegetative state and the docs said it was among the worst cases ever. He was unconscious for 344 days. He attributes brain training (via LearningRx) with his cognitive healing and rehab.• Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital...more

Radio show about improving your high school (or middle school) athlete's brain with brain training

There is a sports radio show called "Best Seat in the House." On the May 10th show they had a program about high school athletes improving their brains through brain training. One female diver's mom was on the show talking about how her daughter was having some trouble academically because she spent so much time/energy diving and couldn't take extra academic classes and work. She went through an intensive brain training program and not only did it help her academics, but also her athletics!...more

Blood test for Alzheimer's - likely hitting market soon!

Where once only an autopsy could provide clinical proof of Alzheimer's, now a simple blood test can diagnose the disease.The test measures DHEA (a brain hormone) production. If the patient has Alzheimer's, oxidation of the blood WOULD NOT raise DHEA levels. In healthy (non-Alzheimer's patients), oxidation of the blood WOULD raise DHEA levels.Even better, the test can diagnose the disease in its very early stages, which allows doctors to try a variety of therapies as early as possible....more

Inside your teen's changing brain

Did you know that other than when they're babies, children's brains grow the most during adolescence (ages 11-19)? In fact, there's a HUGE cognitive growth spurt (peaking around 11 for girls and 12 for boys) during this time.I ran across this article, "10 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Their Teen's Brain":http://www.livescience.com/13850-10-facts-parent-teen-brain.htmlHere's some of the cool (and sometimes scary!) stuff summarized for you:...more

Music lessons as a kid = better cognitive function as a senior

I've been thinking about putting my daughter in piano lessons. We just got a FREE upright piano from my husband's co-worker that's in great shape (the piano, not the co-worker) and right now all she does is bang on it. (She's 5 and my son is 3, so that's about why I expect at this age.)...more

I have both my daughters (13 & 7) in music lessons.

Eldest is learning Drum Kit - I think it ...more