Study: Too Many Structured Activities May Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

Playtime is vital to a child's overall cognitive development. However, unstructured play, specifically, benefits a child's executive functioning.

Can Everyone Be a Picasso? This Is Why Some People Are Creative — And Others Really Aren't

One often used definition of creativity is the ability to come…

Extra weight in 60s may be linked to brain thinning years later

Here's a great reason to lose weight. A higher BMI and bigger waist during your sixties have been linked to an increase in cortical thinning. Having a thinner cortex has previously been associated with an increased Alzheimer’s risk.

Wearing a Hearing Aid may Protect Brain in Later Life

Wearing a hearing aid for age-related hearing loss may help to protect the brain against dementia, a new study finds. Researchers report those who wore hearing aids maintained better brain function over time than those who did not.

Disrupted sleep in one's 50s, 60s raises risk of Alzheimer's disease

PET brain scans of healthy older adults show that those reporting lower sleep quality through their 50s and 60s have higher levels of tau protein, a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Previous studies link poor sleep to beta-amyloid tangles also, suggesting that protein tangles in the brain may cause some of the memory problems of AD and dementia. In addition, out-of-sync brain waves during sleep are associated with tau, providing a possible biomarker of dementia.

Risk Reduction of Cognitive Decline and Dementia WHO Guidelines

  Dementia is a rapidly growing global public…

Youth tackle football will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now I would know — I’m a CTE expert and former college football player.

Chris Nowinski, the featured speaker at Brain Up's BrainFest knows first-hand about the dangers of concussions and CTE. This football player and professional wrestler was forced to retire his athletic career because of repetitive concussions. He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine and is co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy, and research.

Poverty linked to childhood depression, changes in brain connectivity

Growing up poor has many negative consequences. Researchers at…

Chronic Inflammation in Middle Age May Lead to Thinking and Memory Problems Later

Researchers report those who experience chronic inflammation during middle may be at increased risk of developing cognitive and memory disorders during old age.

Does Intensive Blood Pressure Control Reduce Dementia?

The new SPRINT MIND study reports controlling blood pressure has a measurable impact on mild cognitive impairment, a precursor of dementia.