The Motivation Switch in Your Brain

The part of your brain that is crucial for self-motivation also serves as a center for understanding the preferences and motivations of other people. Getting yourself motivated towards achieving a goal, and understanding what other people might want in order to help you achieve your goals often go hand-in-hand. Recent research by a neuroscience team… Read More »

Solving Complex Problems with Avocados

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids – a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados – support the brain’s attention networks, and also help cognitive health through improved insulin sensitivity. Your ability to focus on, and solve problems can be influenced by diet choices, according to a study out of University of Illinois. The study… Read More »

The Addiction Paradox

The same reward circuits in our brains that we use for survival also leave humans perpetually vulnerable to addiction. Our brains are wired for survival. The human brain is finely tuned to seek out rewards like food, sex, and money, and to avoid painful experiences like being killed by dangerous predators, large and small. Called… Read More »

A Fresh Look at Solving Brain Diseases: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Failed strategies for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are prompting a broad rethink on how to tackle the growing prevalence of these costly brain health problems. At the BIO International meeting in San Diego last month there were parallel conversations on these two major brain health challenges – with speakers from the… Read More »

Novelty Creates Stronger Memories

How well you learn new information might depend in part on the type of environment you’re in. Fascinating research from the Duncan Lab at University of Toronto suggests that novelty as a strategy for learning could work as a more reliable and faster way to learn. Think of the “novelty” learning concept as a more… Read More »

Diet Soda, Your Health, and Your Brain

Diet soda drinkers take note: people who drink one or more diet sodas every day are at greater risk of stroke and dementia. More specifically, habitual diet soda drinkers have almost three times the risk of stroke or dementia compared to their diet soda-abstinent peers, according to a research study published in Stroke. Researchers relied… Read More »