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Saturday, January 02, 2016


Stanford researcher scans his own brain for a year and a half — the most studied in the world
December 16, 2015

fMRI scan 
Psychologist experiments on himself, documenting his neural, metabolic, and genetic changes over 18 months
You’ve probably seen the “connectome” map of the major networks between different functional areas of the human brain. Cool graphic. But this is just an average. It raises a lot of questions: How does this map relate to your brain? Do these connections persist over a period of months or more? Or do they vary with … more…

Importance of physical activity and aerobic exercise for healthy brain function
December 15, 2015

fitness vs. memory accuracy ft Young adults who have greater aerobic fitness also have greater volume of their entorhinal cortex, an area of the brain responsible for memory, Boston University School of medicine (BUSM) researchers have found. While aerobic fitness is not directly associated with performance on a recognition memory task, the participants with a larger entorhinal cortex also performed … more…

How much TV you watch as a young adult may affect midlife cognitive function
December 15, 2015

(credit: iStock) Watching a lot of TV and having a low physical activity level as a young adult were associated with worse cognitive function 25 years later in midlife, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. The researchers* examined associations between 25-year patterns of television viewing and physical activity and midlife cognition in a study of … more…

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