Brain Health

Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis Review

What is Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis? In the 1990s Elizabeth Gould discovered that adult mammalian brains could engender new neurons, confined primarily to the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus – a brain region known to be a substrate for learning and memory. (New neurons have also been reported in the neocortex (ref, ref, ref) and hypothalamus […]

Meta-Analyses of Brain Training for Over 50s: A Review

Scientific interest in brain training designed to maintain or improve cognitive functions in the aging brain has been rapidly increasing over the last decade. Numerous studies have shown that neuroplastic change in brain connectivity and function is considerable up to very old age (1, 2, 3, 4). In this review I will be reviewing the peer-reviewed literature […]

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Brief Review of 2015-2016 Studies on Brain Training for Depression, Anxiety and Burnout

Here I review the latest peer-reviewed studies and meta-analyses that look at the benefits of working memory and executive control brain training for depression and anxiety. For some quick definitions, working memory is our ‘mental workspace’ that stores and processes task-relevant information. It is the interface between the current focus of attention and long-term memories. Executive control is our ability to […]

Fasting, Exercise and Mental Effort for Improved Health, Immunity and Brain Function

Fasting, Exercise and Mental Effort for Improved Health, Immunity and Brain Function.