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Protect Your Brain for Life: Follow these expert strategies

Dr. Chapman shares expert advice on how to protect your brain across the lifespan in a recent Neurology Now article.

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

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.
By: The Center for BrainHealth

Stress can make your brain stronger if you know this

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.
By: Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

19 Simple Ways to Think Faster 

Wouldn’t it be terrific to be able to make great decisions in a snap? You can start thinking faster and more effectively immediately with one step: Get moving. Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, encourages people of all ages to start focusing on their brain health in a recent Parade Magazine article.

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From Our Blog

Center for BrainHealth Series Resumes Feb. 7

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

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.

In the News

What the ability to ‘get the gist’ says about your brain

A new study from the Center for BrainHealth, published in Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, suggests the gist reasoning test may be sensitive enough to help doctors and clinicians identify previously undiagnosed cognitive changes that could explain the daily life difficulties experienced by TBI patients and subsequently guide appropriate therapies.

Virtual Reality Helps Autistic Children Learn About Interaction

A recent study at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas shows using virtual reality technology helps autistic children better understand emotions and intentions of others.

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