Aging with a Bilingual Brain

Adaptation of the brain could also be the reason older bilinguals with Alzheimer’s show fewer signs of cognitive malfunction than those who only speak one language. “The brain is more robust, its abilities and functionality are more distributed, so when Alzheimer’s begins to take effect, a bilingual’s brain is better able to adapt,” says Canadian psychologist Ellen Bialystok. [ … ]

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Your Brain On A Diet

A diet is a prescribed selection of foods. In the West, it’s long been advocated as a way of losing weight. Other benefits touted are improved health, sleep, circulation, and even a longer life. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded with new diets. But what do these plans do to our brains? [ … ]

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Bringing Neuroscience to the Community

It has been a long journey, a journey driven by my heart and maneuvering my way from the science lab to the community. After receiving my Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in neuroscience from Yale University, I taught and trained students and psychiatric residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine. [ … ]

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Education, Meet Brain

Over the last few decades, a new term has become increasingly prominent: brain-based education, or “brain education.” As if any other kind of education was possible! But better late than never. Taking these individual differences into account in tailoring educational approaches will greatly enhance their effectiveness. [ … ]

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Puppy Love? It’s All In Your Brain

Loyal, lovable and protective of us and our property, dogs have been our best friends since the last Ice Age, as a 27,000-year-old painting of a child and a dog on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France bears out. Studies showing that the companionship, unconditional love and sense of well-being that dogs provide make us happier [ … ]