In: brain function

Move It
April 22, 2017

You have the potential to change your life. There is an almost magical system for activating hundreds of genes associated with…

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Intermittent Fasting and Brain Health
March 14, 2016

Conventional wisdom, especially in the realm of diet and health, often turns out not to be right. Conventional wisdom (as it…

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TV Watching Leads to Impaired Cognition
March 11, 2016

How can we build up foundational, long-lasting healthy habits while young? We know it’s important—a perennial question, if not one we…

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Aerobic Exercise Stimulates Neuron Growth
February 19, 2016

Moderate aerobic exercise appears to be the best form of exercise to stimulate neuron growth. One of the great challenges facing…

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Exercise and Stress – How Exercise Prevents Depression
October 5, 2014

Exercise seems to reduce stress. But how does this work? And what about exercise effects on depression? An article in the…

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Sleep and the Lunar Cycle
May 17, 2014

One of our readers wondered if bipolar people are more sensitive to lunar cycles. I could not find any evidence for…

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Evolutionary Psychology and Understanding Depression
March 27, 2014

We are glad to finally have a summary of a fascinating conversation with Dr. Julio Ozores up on this site in…

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Passing on PTSD to Children
February 20, 2014

At a recent scientific meeting, Rachael Yehada showed that traits that are related to posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD can be passed…

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Brain Cell Formation in Older Brains
February 20, 2014

Cell formation. Readers of this blog may recall that we reported last year the discouraging findings from Dr. Pasco Rakic (professor…

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Befriending Stress
February 10, 2014

A colleague recommended this fantastic TED talk by Kelly McGonigal on the cardiovascular and social benefits of befriending stress (and potentially…

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Extreme Moods and Memory
February 5, 2014

I can think of no better example of the phenomenon of state-dependent learning than the mother of two who came into…

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Sleep Deep Cleans Your Brain
January 15, 2014

Beep, beep, beep, beep! Snooze……Beep, beep, beep, beep! You open your eyes, roll out of bed and start wondering why you…

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Long Term Antipsychotics – Adverse Effects on Brain?
December 21, 2013

This post is a bit off topic. I have tried to not focus on medication issues in this blog on the…

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Do Maternal Antidepressants (SRI’s) Cause Autism in Their Children?
December 11, 2013

Maternal Antidepressants. Two studies have suggested a link between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medication and autism spectrum disorders.  We are pleased…

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Changing Hormone Levels and Mood
October 31, 2013

I was on the phone yesterday having an urgent consultation with a woman we have worked for 15 years. She has…

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Oxytocin and Maternal Depression
October 8, 2013

There is lots of interest these days in how maternal depression affects kids, and also in how to prevent those effects….

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Lithium, Bipolar and Creativity
October 3, 2013

A very talented writer who we’ve been seeing for about six months has noticed that her creativity seems to be way…

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Cognition Enhancing Apps
September 30, 2013

An experimental computer program is associated with improved attention and working memory in people over age 60, even 6 months after…

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Depression and Inflammation
September 21, 2013

Recently there has been increasing interest in the relationship between depression and chronic overactivity of the body’s biological defense system –…

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My Brain Isn’t Working
September 19, 2013

 Difficulties with cognition and focus are almost universal in folks with moods. In the scientific literature there have been attempts to…

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