Author: DynamicBrain Inc.
Publication: Monthly Newsletter
Published Date: August 17, 2012
Did you know that, by thinking alone, you are changing and restructuring your brain? Mental practice is an effective way to prepare for learning a physical skill with minimal physical practice. Neuroscientist Alvaro Pascual-Leone has demonstrated this ability in a five-finger piano study
at Harvard Medical School in 2007. Our thoughts play a vital role in shaping our life!
Enjoy the rest of the summer and please let us know if you have any questions or comments.
Gait Changes and Dementia
Can you count backward by two's from 50 while walking? Give it a try! Studies suggest that changes in the way an older person walks may be among the earliest indicators of cognitive decline. Learn more.
Nasal Spray that can stop couples heated arguments!
A study has shown that breathing in a compound containing oxytocin makes women calmer and friendlier and men more sensitive and positive during arguments. Oxytocin is the hormone that is released into the blood during labour - triggering the production of breast milk - and floods the brain during breastfeeding, helping mother and baby bond. Read here.
The Teenage Brain
(full episode is only available inside Canada)
CBC; the nature of things with David Suzuki: New research suggests that without our turbulent teen years the human race would be, as Dr. David Bainbridge puts it in 'Surviving:) The Teenage Brain', "short lived and stupid." Watch here.
How Our Brains Objectify Women
Fascinating new research indicates that our brains may use different mental functions when perceiving men and women. When subjects (both genders) looked at men, they relied most on their "global" cognitive processing to see the whole man. When they looked at women, they relied most on "local" cognitive processing and assembled the woman from a collection of parts - just as people do for objects like houses and cars. Learn more.
Popcorn's butter flavour linked to Alzheimer's
Turns out the artificial butter flavour used in popcorn - particularly the microwave and movie theatre variety - is linked to brain deterioration. The culprit is diacetyl, a chemical compound used to make that salivating butter flavour and smell, which is a contributing factor to the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Read here.
Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Autism Share Same Root Cause
The risk of an autism spectrum disorder may be higher among people whose parents or siblings have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Learn more.
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