Another factor contributing to PTSD onset; the NUMBER of traumatic events
A scientific friend and colleague, Professor Thomas Elbert from Konstanz University in Germany, has had a long interest in applying “simple” treatments to individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSDs). With his wife Maggie and others, he has developed and applied such treatments to war victims, primarily in Africa and Sri Lanka. There, literally millions of individuals have endured great personal losses and multiple horrifying experiences. If and when these individuals are resettled back to their homes in Uganda or Liberia or Sierra Leone or Rwanda or Sudan or the Congo Republic or wherever...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - May 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et alia Source Type: blogs

How can the same brain plasticity-based training programs help individuals with cognitive losses arising from normal aging, exposure to IED explosions, or chemotherapy?
Over the years, I have specifically discussed the potential value of intensive brain plasticity-based brain fitness training for individuals with ALL of these (and other, related) personal histories. How in the heck can “one size fit all”? How on earth can the losses in mental faculties stemming from an explosion of little bubbles in the brain accompanying an IED blast be related to those derived from a slow, deliberate chemical poisoning of regenerative processes in the brain designed to limit the proliferation of cancerous tissues that are usually not even IN the brain, or to the normal deterioration of the f...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - April 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Source Type: blogs

Why science can be confusing, just another example
This study DOES provide unequivocal evidence that new cell formation in the hippocampus is not REQUIRED for spatial learning. That is hardly surprising. The primary changes underlying learning involve an amplification of the strengths of just those connections (synapses) that contribute to a successful learning outcome. In most of the brain — including the cerebral cortex and the primary brain centers that support the cortex’s contributions to learning, cognition and memory control — there is little or no neurogenesis in adult brains. Nonetheless, the brain is, by its very nature, a plastic (LEARNING) mac...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Source Type: blogs

Second-language learning as brain exercise
While I was working in Mexico, my wife Diane spends much of each day in an immersion Spanish class. She began by taking Spanish classes at a local community center. Now that she has the basics, an immersion class in which you have to operate in the second language is pretty effective. After two weeks of classes, the difference is striking; she now has the confidence for operating in simple, everyday conversations in social child-talk Spanish. She is determine to grow an oak tree from this acorn! There are few things that you can do that are better for an older brain than taking on a complex new challenge like this one. Lea...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - January 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Cognitive impairments Language Development Posit Science Source Type: blogs

“ What ’ s Normal? ” The diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children is on the rise
In an article in an issue of the New Yorker, Jerome Groopman writes lucidly about the explosion in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children. Reading it made me thank my lucky stars once again that I am not a child neurologist or child psychologist or child psychiatrist who actually has to address the problems presented by the instable child personality, one child at a time. As in the case of the ADHD “epidemic” that has resulted in the continuous medication of hundreds of thousands of children with strong neuro-active drugs, a rapidly growing population of kids are now being given even more powerful anti-p...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - December 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et alia Source Type: blogs

Alvaro asked a tough question: How do you define SMART?
Alvaro asked this question as a comment after a blog entry discussed recent evidence that physical exercise contributes to academic success. Alvaro, “smart”, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. You do not necessarily want a computer jockey next to you in your foxhole. You do not necessarily want a great world scholar managing your finances. If I lifted you up and dropped you down into a community of Aleuts or Bedouins or Ainu, it would take a very, very long time before anyone in that community viewed you as “smart”. “SMART” IS CONTEXTUAL. We commonly define “smart” ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - November 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Brain Science Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Neuroscience Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

“ WAR ’ S NEW WOUNDS. A shock wave of brain injuries ”
That was the headline in a Washington Post article written by Ronald Glasser, published on Sunday, April 8, 2007. It reported a rather astounding statistic that applies to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars: About 30% of soldiers in those conflicts have been directly exposed to IED or other powerful explosions. That exposure has resulted in diffuse physical trauma to their brains. To paraphrase Mr. Glasser, detonation of any powerful explosive generates a blast wave of high pressure that spreads out at about twice the speed of sound away from the explosion, and travels with great force over hundreds of yards. The in...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Cognitive impairments Source Type: blogs

Reactions to a book about an autistic boy and his mom
Last month, I recommended a book called “Strange Son”, written by a mother who struggled to communicate with, understand, and help her own autistic child. When I was looking up the URL for the book, I scanned through the reviews posted on Amazon, and was stunned by two negative reactions. One was from a reader who panned the book, stating (I’m paraphrasing) that a mother had to be pretty far out to lunch to have a son who had knowledge about lots of things that she, his mom, was absolutely unaware of. To the reviewer, this reflected unbelievable insensitivity on the part of the boy’s mother. Who, th...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - September 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Source Type: blogs

A recommended book (for some readers)
“Strange Son”, by Portia Iversen is a personal account of a very special individual (the co-founder of Cure Autism Now; a friend of mine) struggling to understand and help her autistic son. It is NOT a book about the general science of autism or about the landscape of rehabilitative therapies applied to help autistics, because it is sharply focussed on Portia’s own journey of understanding, which necessarily describes only a small part of the complex science and treatment landscape in the world of autism. The achievement described in the book is notable: A mother with a very severely impaired child comes ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - August 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Source Type: blogs

My own experiences at “ brain fitness ” exercises.
I was just training in BrainHQ this morning. Because I have been working on the development of these exercises over the past several years, I’ve spent many an hour hunched over my computer “trying to get the answer right” on model training programs!! My current goal is to make brain fitness training part of my regular daily routine. I’m already pretty addicted to my daily time spent in BrainHQ, and am looking forward to these visual-skills, attention-skills and executive-skills training programs with considerable anticipation. A key is to put the necessary time for exercise onto your schedule i...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - July 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Cognitive impairments Source Type: blogs

More, better, quicker. New middle/high school computer-based language training programs
I attended a scientific meeting a few years ago in which Bill Jenkins, the program development team leader at Scientific Learning, described a radically improved version of one of their middle- and high school-targeted language learning programs (which they call “Literacy Advanced”). They have completely re-worked the game-play aspects of these exercises. Changes resulted in very significant improvements in training efficiency. Even though the content in the exercises has been increased by 29%, these more efficient and more engaging exercises are actually completed (high-schoolers’ speech reception and re...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - June 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Posit Science Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

Brain plasticity-based “ cognitive training ” elevates BDNF
Serum BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophin factor) has been repeatedly shown to be lower than normal in schizophrenic, bipolar and depressed patient populations. Moreover, the severity of manias or depression have been shown to be inversely correlated with serum BDNF. This key brain trophic factor plays a complicated panoply of roles in brain development, in maintaining the metabolic status and transmitter production in neuronal populations, in protecting neuron populations, and in enabling brain plasticity processes. It is specifically released as a function of cortical or subcortical nucleus activity levels. At least in the ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - May 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Cognitive impairments Posit Science Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, et alia Source Type: blogs

The price we pay
A study in an issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine focussed on autism spectrum disorders. A paper in that issue authored by a public health economist, Dr. Michael Ganz, used a rich variety of sources to determine the societal costs of autism. In today’s dollars: $3.2 million/autistic individual/lifetime. $35 BILLION overall, in direct and indirect expenses/annum. Which raises 3 simple questions in my mind. 1. Given these costs, how in the heck can we justify spending so few dollars to determine why the apparent incidence of this devastating condition is still on the rise? Discovering that cause...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - April 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Language Development Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

A recommended book about “ neuro-plasticity ”
The Brain That Changes Itself (2007) by Normal Doidge, M.D. This interesting book chronicles some of the stories of the men and women who have ushered in the new “brain plasticity” revolution in neuroscience. As we repeatedly emphasize in this blog, the brain is no longer viewed by neuroscientists as a machine that is hard-wired early in early life, unable to adapt, and destined to “wear out” with age. This book attempts to document how scientists are unlocking the secrets of the powerful, lifelong, adaptability – or “plasticity” – of the brain, for ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Posit Science Reading and Dyslexia Schizophrenia, Bipolar Source Type: blogs

Studies of identical twins can provide good answers
In another entry related to the neuroscience of aging, I cited a study by Heflin et al on the significantly negative mental consequences of surviving cancer and its treatments. This “twins study” was one of a series of such experiments that have come from the University of Southern California research team of Margaret Gatz. Her group’s research is a good starting point for learning about environmental contributors to cognitive deficits and senility, because studies conducted in identical twins (she relies heavily on a large Swedish identical-twin roster) eliminate known contributions of genetics and child...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Source Type: blogs

For “ chemobrain ” et alia: think “ brain fitness training ”
If you have this personal history of cancer and chemo- or radiation-therapy, or know someone or are treating someone who has lived it, you might seriously consider enrolling (them) in a serious “brain fitness program”. That is ESPECIALLY the case if memory or other cognitive losses have been noted after either chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. Posit Science is now supporting a study that is designed to document improvements in cognitive function resulting from its “brain fitness training” strategy (see www.brainhq.com) in chemotherapy-treated breast cancer survivors. While initial findings in t...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - January 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Chemobrain Source Type: blogs

Does exercise make kids smarter?
That’s the claim of a lead article in an issue of Newsweek many years ago. The authors cite interesting evidence from a study conducted at an outstanding brain plasticity-oriented neuroscience research institute at the University of Illinois, where investigators have found that the kids with the fittest bodies are the kids with the fittest brains. There is a growing body of evidence that has argued that physical exercise is good for your brain. University of Illinois scientist Bill Greenough conducted a landmark study that showed, more than a decade ago, that physical exercise has a direct, positive impact on enrichi...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - December 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Language Development Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

Learning math on the streets
As in many places in the developing world, Mexican cities have many children on their streets and plazas, begging, or selling small trinkets of toys or whatever to whoever passes by. It is often difficult to turn these bright-eyed kids down, and by the end of the evening I can find my pockets full of little things that I have no use for — even while these street children are usually the obvious sales force for a supervising adult (usually mom). Interacting with these bright little salespeople reminds me of a study conducted on the streets in Recife, a large city of more than a million people on the northeast coast of...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - November 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Childhood Learning Cognitive impairments Language Development Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

Kids in car seats. Unintended consequences.
I’m in Queretaro, Mexico this week, visiting a world-class Neuroscience Insitute that is a part of the great Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I am struck by the beautiful, happy children in the 17th-and 18th-Century old city center where my wife and I are staying. We’ve seen many children out in this beautiful, old city having great fun with their parents and grandparents and other kin. We’ve also seen lots of children playing together, making up their own games and fun on the spot. One great change that has occured in child-rearing in most of North America over the past several decades has been th...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Language Development Reading and Dyslexia Source Type: blogs

A triple whammy
This study is special because it uses an analysis of cognitive ability and senility in identical twins. By this strategy, inherited and childhood rearing factors are ruled out from contributing to measured differences. The results: You’ve had cancer. You’re twice as likely to be significantly cognitively impaired. You’re twice as likely to be senile. Like I said, a triple whammy. ONE MORE POINT: People argue about whether or not Alzheimer’s incidences are on the rise. How can they NOT be, when many factors that affect the probability and the timing of AD onset are products of modern societies? Mayb...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - September 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Trauma, Injury Chemobrain Cognitive impairments Source Type: blogs

Brain Training & Plasticity Public Outreach
Come join me this Wednesday, June 28th, on the social discussion website Reddit to talk about brain plasticity. Reddit has around 250 million users and provides a great opportunity to interact with, and educate, the public on what it means to have a plastic brain. Invite your colleagues, grad students, friends and family to publicly ask questions and revel in the brain’s amazing ability to alter its anatomical, neurochemical, and functional performance across the lifespan. The thread will become live at 9:30 am PST on Wednesday the 28th at https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/. To ask a question, please register and then se...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - June 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Posit Science Source Type: blogs

Brain stimulators are a hot item in sports training … do they help?
The San Francisco Giants just happen to be the baseball team that I usually root for.  Unfortunately, they’re having a terrible year, and after a 7-game losing streak (and counting) are currently deep in the cellar in the National League West.   “There’s always next year” is the baseball fan’s old lament.  But alas, the Giants have 6 minor league affiliates, and all of those teams are ALSO in their respective cellars.  Just a year ago, the Giants made the playoffs, and their minor teams were at least hanging in there. This year, for this old baseball fan, now and into ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - June 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Source Type: blogs

At the Cusp of Solving Cognitive Aging?
  It’s Brain Awareness Week, and we’ll be hearing about breakthroughs in basic science that could lead to big advances in how we live. Yet, most of the discoveries will require decades of further work, before they help people. But, what if we had a time machine and could travel ahead to see which of these discoveries actually becomes important in our lives? Well, we don’t have a time machine, but the two of us do have decades of experience in turning basic science discoveries into products that change lives.  We want to tell you about that journey — from what we discovered in basic researc...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Source Type: blogs

8 Practical Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp
Dr. Michael Merzenich conducted the seminal experiments that led to the discovery of lifelong plasticity — that the brain changes chemically, physically, and functionally based on sensory and other inputs at any age. Last year, Dr. Merzenich was made a Kavli Laureate, the highest honor in neuroscience. He has been elected to both the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. There’s a lot you can do to engage the brain’s machinery in ways that help keep it healthy as an organ. The brain’s plasticity — its ability to change not just functionally, but physical...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Source Type: blogs

Rising, Down Under
I just spent several days talking with scientists and lecturing in Australia.  The summer months (our winter months) are a wonderful time to travel Down Under.  The cities are lively, the sun is out, and people are in cheerful mood—which is amplified just a little more in Australia than I most places in the world. I’ve been trying to help an Australian team operating in Queensland and New South Wales develop a new model for a treatment center designed to address the neurological distortions that impact children that just happen to have had very difficult childhoods.  Such efforts there and in the...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 6, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Plasticity Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Source Type: blogs

A very serious video game addiction in South Korea
I just returned from a week spent talking with therapists and educational specialists in Seoul, South Korea.  As in visits to many places in the world, it is exciting to see the enthusiasm that therapists have for applying our brain training tools to help children and adults who struggle—even while they have not really been adapted to meet the special challenges that an arise for an individual operating in a language that is so different from ours.  They’ve seen it work, over and over again; more than 30,000 children have already been trained using Posit Science and Scientific Learning brain training ...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 16, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Science Featured Video games Source Type: blogs

Insights from a Brain Training Study on Tinnitus
In this study, patients spent 40 hours working on the exercises embodied in the BrainHQ                                  [ http://www.brainhq.com ] ‘course’ titled “Auditory Intensive” http://www.brainhq.com/welcome#challenges/auditoryrehab_1_challenge/intro If you complete that “Challenge, I would recommend you consider adding “Focus on Auditory Memory”  http://www.brainhq.com/welcome#challenges/auditory_memo...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - January 31, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: BrainHQ Posit Science Tinnitus Source Type: blogs

Under attack: Our Science Voices Must Be Heard
Scientists usually avoid extending their arguments into politics.  Politics is all about persuasion and belief.  Science is all about evidence-informed conclusion.  In science, we continuously measure the strength of the evidence supporting initially-tentative hypotheses.  Evidence often gradually accumulates in support of a great general conclusion or theory.  On this basis, one can now state, with almost absolute certainty, that your brain is plastic, shaped by what you do continuously, throughout the course of your life.  So too, on this basis, one can now state, with almost absolute certai...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - November 18, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Neuroscience Source Type: blogs

One of my secrets for getting my daily physical exercise
You probably know that I strongly recommend that you spend 10-30 (or more) minutes every day at the brain gym (www.brainhq.com).  For me, that’s 30 minutes spent on my laptop working on my BrainHQ Personal Trainer regimen when I first arrive in the morning at my office—but it could be almost anytime in my daily schedule.  You should also know that I just as emphatically recommend—if you’re physically capable of it (and, of course, not everyone is)—that you should ALSO spend 10-30 (or more) minutes every day at physical exercise. For me, that assured daily form of physical exercise co...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - April 1, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Source Type: blogs

One of my secrets for getting my daily physical exercise
You probably know that I strongly recommend that you spend 10-30 (or more) minutes every day at the brain gym (www.brainhq.com).  For me, that’s 30 minutes spent on my laptop working on my BrainHQ Personal Trainer regimen when I first arrive in the morning at my office—but it could be almost anytime in my daily […]The post One of my secrets for getting my daily physical exercise appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - April 1, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Source Type: blogs

Are Crime and Incarceration Predictable and Preventable?
As an alumnus, I recently read an article published in the Johns Hopkins Magazine written about a part-time faculty member in their distinguished Bloomberg School or Public health, Gerald Eber.  Eber is also an ACLU lawyer whose primary concern has been the health care of Americans in prison.  The medical treatment of prisoners, in Eber’s view, is “…heartbreaking. The system is sick.”  He sites many compelling (and some revolting) cases that clearly evidence this conclusion. The problem expressed by another senior scientist at the Bloomberg School, Leonard Rubenstein: “There is...
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 24, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science deprivation incarceration prison Source Type: blogs

Are Crime and Incarceration Predictable and Preventable?
As an alumnus, I recently read an article published in the Johns Hopkins Magazine written about a part-time faculty member in their distinguished Bloomberg School or Public health, Gerald Eber.  Eber is also an ACLU lawyer whose primary concern has been the health care of Americans in prison.  The medical treatment of prisoners, in Eber’s […]The post Are Crime and Incarceration Predictable and Preventable? appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 24, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Autism Origins, Treatments Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science deprivation incarceration prison Source Type: blogs

Chris Borland Chooses Brain Health Over NFL Career
A few days ago, a young linebacker on the San Francisco 49ers, clearly destined to be a star player in the National Football League, hung up his cleats. Chris Borland, a highly honored University of Wisconsin player who had had a wonderful rookie NFL season, decided that the risks for his brain health were just […]The post Chris Borland Chooses Brain Health Over NFL Career appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 17, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science Brain Trauma, Injury BrainHQ Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science Source Type: blogs

Acetylcholine Release Amps Up Brain ’ s Plasticity
I met yesterday with a former doctoral student, now a professor at the University of Texas in Dallas, Michael Kilgard. As a research fellow in my UCSF laboratory, Dr. Kilgard studied the conditions under which acetycholine enables brain plasticity—showing among other findings that large scale and highly useful plasticity can be achieved by pairing sensory […]The post Acetylcholine Release Amps Up Brain’s Plasticity appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 5, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Alzheimer’s Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science Tinnitus Source Type: blogs

Acetylcholine Release Amps Up Brain’s Plasticity
I met yesterday with a former doctoral student, now a professor at the University of Texas in Dallas, Michael Kilgard. As a research fellow in my UCSF laboratory, Dr. Kilgard studied the conditions under which acetycholine enables brain plasticity—showing among other findings that large scale and highly useful plasticity can be achieved by pairing sensory […]The post Acetylcholine Release Amps Up Brain’s Plasticity appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - March 5, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Alzheimer’s Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science Tinnitus Source Type: blogs

Are “ Helicopter Parents ” Creating a …
One of the negative consequences of our high tech- and fear-dominated modern culture is the systematic withdrawal of children from independent and exploratory play, in natural social and physical environments. Our fear culture frustrates outside, unfettered exploration for the developing child. Parents can be arrested for leaving their children to play on their own, in […]The post Are “Helicopter Parents” Creating a … appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
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Are “Helicopter Parents” Creating a …
One of the negative consequences of our high tech- and fear-dominated modern culture is the systematic withdrawal of children from independent and exploratory play, in natural social and physical environments. Our fear culture frustrates outside, unfettered exploration for the developing child. Parents can be arrested for leaving their children to play on their own, in […]The post Are “Helicopter Parents” Creating a … appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 25, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Plasticity BrainHQ Childhood Learning Cognitive Impairment in Children Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science brain development free range kids helicopter parents parenting protection safety Source Type: blogs

Research in Maori Community Yields Hope for Huntington ’ s
I have just returned from a couple weeks in New Zealand, where I am collaborating with Dr. Melanie Cheung and others on a pretty incredible Huntington’s disease project. I am so inspired by what we’re doing there that I wanted to share a bit about it. More than 7,000 of the 4.5 million citizens of […]The post Research in Maori Community Yields Hope for Huntington’s appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 12, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Plasticity Brain Science Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science HD huntington's maori melanie cheung new zealand Source Type: blogs

Research in Maori Community Yields Hope for Huntington’s
I have just returned from a couple weeks in New Zealand, where I am collaborating with Dr. Melanie Cheung and others on a pretty incredible Huntington’s disease project. I am so inspired by what we’re doing there that I wanted to share a bit about it. More than 7,000 of the 4.5 million citizens of […]The post Research in Maori Community Yields Hope for Huntington’s appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - February 12, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Brain Plasticity Brain Science Cognitive impairments Neuroscience Posit Science HD huntington's maori melanie cheung new zealand Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Highlights from “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit …
Did you miss the “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Edward Taub, and Norman Doidge? Or did you find the video feed a bit lengthy and hard to understand? The wonderful Brain Science Podcast–long on the top of our “great neuroscience podcasts” lists–has created an excellent episode featuring highlights […]The post Podcast: Highlights from “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit… appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - December 15, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired Source Type: blogs

Podcast: Highlights from “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit…
Did you miss the “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Edward Taub, and Norman Doidge? Or did you find the video feed a bit lengthy and hard to understand? The wonderful Brain Science Podcast–long on the top of our “great neuroscience podcasts” lists–has created an excellent episode featuring highlights […]The post Podcast: Highlights from “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit… appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - December 15, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired Source Type: blogs

Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama
Of all the neuroscientists in the world, who had the honor of sharing the stage with the Dalai Lama last week? Our co-founder and chief scientist, Dr. Michael Merzenich, was chosen for a very special on-stage discussion with His Holiness that took place this past weekend week at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. The symposium, […]The post Video: Michael Merzenich in Conversation with the Dalai Lama appeared first on "On the Brain" with Dr. Michael Merzenich. (Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D.)
Source: On the Brain by Dr. Michael Merzenich, Ph.D. - October 29, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Merzenich Tags: Aging and the Brain Brain Fitness Brain Plasticity Brain Science BrainHQ Neuroscience Posit Science Soft-Wired Source Type: blogs