• Two Steps to Self-Control

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    How many times have you told yourself that you don’t need that piece of cake? Still, you end up succumbing to that sweet pile of sugar. The goods news are: you can teach your brain some self-control.

  • Smoking Damages the Brain

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    Numerous studies have demonstrated that inhaling tobacco smoke increases the risk on various cancers, heart complications, stroke and other health problems. Now new research adds another hazard, but this time it’s a mental one: smoking may damage memory, learning and reasoning capacities – if you’re older than 50. Researchers at King’s College, London, asked 8,800

  • Contraceptive Hormones Improve Cognitive Function

    Contraceptive Hormones Improve Cognitive Function0

    Good news for middle aged women who take contraceptive hormones now or did in the past. New research suggests that hormonal contraceptives improve certain cognitive abilities in midlife, even when women stopped taking them for years. Researchers asked 261 cognitively normal women, aged 40 to 65, to complete questionnaires about their health history and to

  • Why Children Think They Are Invisible when Covering Their Eyes

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    Dr. James Russell and a research team at the University of Cambridge recently published work on young children’s conception of personal visibility, which furthers the understanding of cognitive development and of our emerging sense of self. The research involved children three to four years of age. Researchers placed an eye mask on each of the

  • A Decision Making Brain Implant

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    The human brain is gradually becoming known territory to us. We can not only locate but also influence our most complex organ, with pills and sometimes with brain implants. Even the higher functions of the brain now seem susceptible to our devices. Researchers in the United States succeeded in improving the cognitive skills of rhesus monkeys,

  • Reading Literature: The Ultimate Cognitive Workout

    Reading Literature: The Ultimate Cognitive Workout0

    Reading literature might make us smarter, depending on what we read. But new research points out that in addition, reading gives the brain a cognitive workout that it doesn’t otherwise get. The project was led by Natalie Phillips, who received her PhD in English literature at Stanford in 2010 and is now an assistant professor