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Getting Gene Therapy Toward Your Brain

All it takes is a single genetic mutation to permanently alter one’s life, or even the course of one’s life — bringing about any number of recessive linked genetic disorders that can affect the entire body. For decades, people dreaded the possibility that they could develop Huntington’s disease later in life or that they could be

Learning and Memory: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget?

Are memory and recall really so complicated? The bigger question is, “How do we remember and why do we often forget?” Like health, everyone’s memory is impacted by an infinite number of variables that can lead to a wide range of outcomes depending upon the circumstances. Familiarity with those conditions and the

Know Your Brain: How Neuroplasticity Works

There’s always been a time in our lives when we thought, if given enough time, we’d learn a new language, a new instrument, acquire a new skill. Some of us have successfully accomplished this in the wake of the pandemic, and probably a few of us are somewhere in between — realizing that the whole thing is a lot

When It’s All About Sex: Meditations on Life

Do you think it’s possible to live forever? The question might seem preposterous, and the answer an obvious and screaming “No!” And, of course, savvy modern science tells us that everything dies, typically in less than 100 years. Yet, our brothers and sisters from bygone eras care to differ.

Three Prescriptions For A Healthy Brain

Whether you are a doctor treating a patient, a professor teaching students, or an engineer designing a machine, the odds are that a great deal of your professional activities — no matter how rigorous they may appear to an outside observer — are routine. You practice well-rehearsed professional skills

To Remember, Your Brain Must Actively Forget

It’s a central principle of owning a human body that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Singers have to practice hitting the high notes to keep vocal range wide and vocal cords limber. Basketballers have to shoot countless hoops to hone their technique. We all have to get out of the easy chair and get a little exercise

4 Tips to Taking Care of Your Brain at the Office

Modern-day office jobs are becoming even more demanding. Sure, we all have apps and software and gadgets to make life easier, but the trade-off to this is that people are expected to work extra hard, which can really take a toll on the brain.

Build A Better Brain in 30 Days

In truth, many of us aren’t sure what brain health means exactly, or what we have to do to achieve better brain health. Do we need to do more to keep our brains busy? Should we take up a new language, or start doing the daily crossword? What really makes the difference when it comes to staying sharp and lowering

Growing Your Emotional Intelligence and Changing Your “Longitude”

Emotional intelligence — the ability to perceive, assess, and manage your own emotions, as well as to deal with those of others — is one of the most valuable skills of the mature individual. When we are adolescents, adult passions appear in our minds unbidden: sexual longings, risk taking, the desire to acquire expensive

Your Brain Is Never Too Old to Adapt

The physical brain responds to consistent, rigorous stimuli in a way that does not simply grow new neural connections, but actually changes the structure of the brain in order to more efficiently use the incoming signals. This means that your brain is never too old to grow and adapt to new tasks and challenges.

The Art of Remembering Everything: A Q&A with Memory Champion Joshua Foer

Most of us would like to have a better memory. We imagine our lives would be better — simpler, faster, easier — if we could recall the things that slip our minds on a daily basis and, increasingly, as we get older. But journalist Joshua Foer took the task more seriously than a passing whim. After witnessing

Where Stress Lives In Your Brain

For a long time, scientists believed that subjective stress — our feelings of pressure and anxiety — was somehow always inextricably linked to the hypothalamus. Now, researchers are less confident that such is always the case, and that the neurobiological origin of subjective stress could come from somewhere else

How Loneliness Can Make Us More Vulnerable to COVID-19

In many countries across the planet, U.S. included, the elderly in nursing homes have found themselves on total lockdown during the pandemic — to protect their health, the thinking went. And they were not the only ones. In hospitals coronavirus patients spend hours sealed off from anyone else, completely alone.

Thinking Smart In The 5 Stages Of Life

From the early childhood years on through old age, scientists have learned that the brain adapts itself to the challenges facing it and discards connections which are not reinforced through mental activity. Learning how to effectively stimulate brain growth — which continues all through adulthood

Can Sleep Boost Your Creativity?

In art, literature, or science, it’s an elusive question: how do you create something new? How do you get past a block or solve a seemingly impossible problem? Well, putting it aside and sleeping on it just might help. “Sleeping on it” has led to many famous inventions and artistic creations.

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