Blogs

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.

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.

Friends of BrainHealth Helps New Scientists with Funding Awards

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Friends of BrainHealth, a circle of donors supporting the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas, awarded four $25,000 Distinguished New Scientists Awards at the annual Friends of BrainHealth Scientist Selection Luncheon recently at the Dallas Country Club. The four scientists will use the funding to lead independently designed research studies.

Center for BrainHealth Names Executive Director for Brain Performance Institute

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, October 17, 2016

Leanne Young has joined the Center for BrainHealth® at The University of Texas at Dallas as executive director of its Brain Performance Institute™. A nationally recognized expert in blast injury research, she has experience in a variety of projects related to characterizing and preventing traumatic brain injuries in a blast environment.

Q&A with Dr. Vincenzo Fiore

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Friday, October 14, 2016

We recently sat down with Vincenzo Fiore, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Psychiatry Unit lab of Dr. Xiaosi Gu, to discuss how he uses novel scientific techniques and computational models to help better illustrate neural activity during human decision-making.

Food for Thought: Neurostimulation

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

In the last 15 years, researchers have investigated the benefits of tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), a non-invasive neurostimulation that uses direct electric current to stimulate the brain in a wide range of conditions.

BrainHealth Scientists Connect Dopamine, Facial Recognition in Study

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Friday, September 30, 2016

In a recent study, researchers at UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth, working in collaboration with colleagues in Sweden, have revealed a link between the dopamine neurotransmitter system in the brain and an individual’s ability to recognize faces.

Enhancing Social Lives with Virtual Reality

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, September 19, 2016

Learn more about Center for BrainHealth research and Brain Performance Institute programs that use virtual reality training to help people enhance their social lives.

Study: Virtual reality training improves social skills of individuals on the autism spectrum

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, September 19, 2016

Published findings reveal that participants who completed Center for BrainHealth virtual reality social cognition training demonstrated improved social cognition skills and reported better real-world relationships.

Belief About Nicotine Content in Cigarette May Change Brain Activity and Craving

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, September 12, 2016

How the brain responds to nicotine depends on a smoker’s belief about the nicotine content in a cigarette, according to new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Lecture to provide research insight and practical tips for those living with multiple sclerosis

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Monday, September 12, 2016

On Tuesday, September 27 beginning at 6:15 p.m., Andrea Wildenthal Hanson, a master certified life coach, will share her personal experience including her empowering approach to living with the disease during an evening lecture at the Center for BrainHealth. UT Dallas associate professor and Meadows Foundation Chair, Bart Rypma, Ph.D., will also discuss his latest research on how multiple sclerosis affects the brain at the event.

New study seeks to simplify medical decision-making for patients who face life-changing choices

By: The Center for BrainHealth
Friday, July 22, 2016

The Center for BrainHealth is part of an eight- university collaboration that will investigate decision-making in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that affects the whole body.

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