Understanding the developing brain for reading

In the debate about nature versus nurture for developing reading skills, cognitive neuroscientists have a clear message: both matter. From infancy, children have a neural scaffolding in place upon which environmental factors refine and build reading skills. A structural brain scaffold in infants serves as a foundation for literacy. Language and reading may refine this […]

Protect your brain with flu shots?

Two new studies show something pretty surprising: that getting flu shots and/or a pneumonia vaccine may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. The studies looked at thousands of people and matched them for other lifestyle factors. Those who had gotten flu shots reduced their risk of Alzheimer’s by 17-30%, while those who had the pneumonia vaccine […]

How anxiety affects your focus

Feel like you can’t concentrate on anything at the moment? You’re not alone. The extra anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has impaired our working memory, experts say … What’s happening is a malfunction of working memory: the ability to grasp incoming information, form it into a cohesive thought, and hold onto it long enough to […]

Smelling the Roses…or the Onions

It’s been hard for scientists to figure out how the mammalian brain tells one smell from another. “Decoding how the brain tells apart odour is complicated, in part, because unlike with other senses such as vision, we do not yet know the most important aspect of individual smells,” explains doctoral student Edmund Chong. But in […]

No quick fix for ADHD but a variety of different strategies

There is no quick fix for ADHD. Although medication can help treat people’s symptoms, it’s only part of an overall ADHD treatment strategy. Another significant element of that strategy are Cognitive and Behavioral training and techniques, such as the ones developed here in Hong Kong by PowerBrain Rx. For many years, it has proven to […]