Scientists with the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health report motor skills problems in children exposed during pregnancy to plasticizer chemicals known as phthalates that are widely used in personal care products like moisturizers and lipstick, as well as plastic containers and children’s toys. Results… Continue reading Motor Control Deficits in Pre-Teens Linked to Prenatal Phthalate Exposure
I’m fascinated by brain science. I’m especially fascinated by how brain functions affect and are effected by behaviors, as well as how various parts of the brain are interconnected, independent and interdependent. I’m fascinated and amused by how much we’ve learned about the brain and how little we really know. The study I’m highlighting here… Continue reading Primitive Sensory Region of the Brain Involved in Sophisticated Learning: Study
Adolescent athletes who sustained concussions while playing a sport recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised, aerobic exercise regimen, a study published Feb. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics has found. The study, by University at Buffalo researchers and colleagues, is the first randomized clinical trial of a treatment in the acute phase after a sport-related… Continue reading Adolescent Concussion Recovery Sped by Aerobic Exercise: Study
You may be familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat,” but did you know the food you eat could impact your memory? High levels of a satiety hormone could decrease a person’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. For individuals who have higher levels of the hormone, their chance of having mild cognitive impairment… Continue reading Your Brain and Memory May be Impacted by What You Eat: Study
Seeing pictures of food with calorie information not only makes food less appetizing but it also appears to change the way your brain responds to the food, according to a Dartmouth-led study published in PLOS ONE. When food images appeared with the calorie content, the brain showed decreased activation of the reward system and increased… Continue reading Seeing Calorie Information With Your Food Makes it Less Appealing: Study
Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!
New brain imaging research shows that imagining a threat lights up similar regions as experiencing it does. It suggests imagination can be a powerful tool in overcoming phobias or post traumatic stress. Imagine a barking dog, a furry spider or another perceived threat and your brain and body respond much like they would if you… Continue reading The Brain and Imagination: Close Enough to Reality – Study