Blogs

What the ability to “get the gist” says about your brain

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Many who have a chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) report struggling to solve problems, understand complex information and maintain friendships, despite scoring normally on cognitive tests. New research from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas finds that a gist reasoning test, developed by clinicians and cognitive neuroscientists at the Center, is more sensitive than other traditional tests at identifying certain cognitive deficits.

Stress can make your brain stronger if you know this

By: Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

According to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine, stress is at least partially to blame for 60 to 80 percent of primary care visits. Studies show that those who suffer from chronic, severe stress are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease later in life. However, there are interesting caveats. Not all people who have experienced excessive amounts of stress are worse off, mentally or physically than those who have not.

Center for BrainHealth Series Resumes Feb. 7

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Friday, January 27, 2017

Neuroscience experts will share research and insights on topics ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to the power of the teenage brain next month as part of the Center for BrainHealth’s four-part lecture series —The Brain: An Owner’s Guide.

Brain Study Shows Impulsivity May Weigh Down Some Individuals

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Researchers at the Center for BrianHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas have found a link between having an impulsive personality and a high body mass index (BMI). The findings published in the journal Obesity demonstrate that having an impulsive personality — the tendency to consistently react with little forethought —  is the key factor that links brain patterns of impulsivity and a high BMI.

Center for BrainHealth Researcher Awarded $2.7 Million to Study Traumatic Brain Injury in Military Service Members

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dr. Daniel Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) under the Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program. The grant will fund research, via a virtual technology platform, to improve cognitive and functional deficits for veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries.

What Simple Action Lifts Your Mood and Confidence?

By: Ian Robertson, Ph.D.
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dr. Ian Robertson discusses his new book, The Stress Test, and how squeezing your right hand into a fist can lift your mood and boost your confidence.

Creative Failure Opens Mental Doors

By: Ian Robertson, Ph.D.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dr. Ian Robertson discusses his new book, The Stress Test, and how failure can help us encounter new possibilities because it forces us to abandon the blinkered focus on reward that repeated success causes

Top 10 Center for BrainHealth Breakthroughs in 2016

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As we look back at 2016, we remember 10 breakthroughs that advanced brain science, six new faces who shaped our year and celebrate more than 60,000 people we have reached in 24 states through our research initiatives and programmatic offerings at the Center for BrainHealth and its Brain Performance Institute.

You Do This 160 Times a Day, It Stresses and Depresses You

By: Ian Robertson, Ph.D.
Monday, December 12, 2016

Dr. Ian Robertson, author of The Stress Test, explains how a wandering mind can stress you out.

Why we need to study the effects of marijuana on motor learning

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Most marijuana studies demonstrate that consuming cannabis induces cognitive and motor performance deficits. Science, though, has yet to study cannabis’ effect on motor learning, which is necessary for simple and complex movements – such as reflexes and speaking – as well as properly calibrated physical movement. Researchers at the Center for BrainHealth, part of The University of Texas at Dallas, argue that addressing this research gap could lead to breakthroughs in addiction therapies.

Q&A with Dr. Kihwan Han

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, December 5, 2016

Kihwan Han, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for BrainHealth, was awarded The Sapphire Foundation Friends of BrainHealth Distinguished New Scientist award. Learn more about his research and how he became interested in neuroimaging.

Stress Can Do This Strangely Positive Thing to You

By: Ian Robertson, Ph.D.
Monday, November 28, 2016

According to Dr. Ian Robertson, author of The Stress Test, stress can be your friend. Stress releases the hormone norepinephrine which, in moderate doses, can help your brain function better.

Q&A with Dr. Dan Krawczyk

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We recently sat down with Dan Krawczyk, Ph.D., deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth, to discuss his research interests including genetics, our innate ability to think and reason, and how biology can change behavior and vice versa.

Center for BrainHealth Honors Dan Branch with Legacy Award

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

On Nov. 14, the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas presented Dan Branch with its highest honor, the Legacy Award, given to individuals whose vision and dedication enables the center and its Brain Performance Institute to empower people of all ages to unlock their brain potential.

Q&A with Dr. Ian Robertson: The Stress Test

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dr. Ian Robertson, co-director of the Global Brain Health Institute and T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Scientist at the Center for BrainHealth, has spent the last four decades delving into the brain science behind stress. His new book, The Stress Test, hits shelves in January and reveals how we can shape our brain’s response to pressure.

Cognitive Training Improves Brain Blood Flow, Cognition in those with Bipolar Disorder

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A new study from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas shows that strategy-based reasoning training may improve brain health in those with bipolar disorder.

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