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Virtual Reality Helps ASD Kids Improve Social Skills

Friday, September 23, 2016

A method to help children with autism appears on the near horizon as research from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas suggests a new virtual reality training program shows promise.

Trying to Quit Smoking? Here’s Why Your Nicotine Patch Isn’t Working

Thursday, September 22, 2016

“Addiction is not just about the drug itself,” says Xiaosi Gu, an assistant professor at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. “Your own belief has a very big role in it.

Can virtual reality help teens deal with social anxiety, ADHD, and more?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kicking off the Today show's new series Brain Power TODAY, special anchor Maria Shriver visits a teen socialization lab at UT Dallas' Center for BrainHealth, where a virtual reality program helps teens develop their social skills despite such challenges as ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.

Belief about nicotine content in cigarettes can curb cravings

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Urge to light up found to be controlled when smokers told non-nicotine cigarette had the drug, according to new research from the Center for BrainHealth.

Is this why smokers find it so hard to quit? Belief in nicotine’s powers can increase addiction

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In a Center for BrainHealth study, researchers have discovered that if smokers don’t think they are getting nicotine, the rush of dopamine never arrives.

Belief about nicotine content in cigarette may change brain activity and craving

Wednesday, September 14, 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.

Belief about nicotine content in cigarette may change brain activity, craving

Tuesday, September 13, 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.

From Navy SEAL to scientist, Morgan Luttrell works to solve the puzzle of battlefield brain injuries

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Morgan Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL, is a research assistant at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. Morgan Luttrell is on a doctoral track at UTD, studying to become a cognitive scientist in order to treat veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, the most prevalent combat injuries from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Is Multitasking Bad For You Or Not?

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Maybe you answer email while listening to a conference call or toggle back and forth between posting on social media and working on a report. In one way or another, most of us multitask. Dr. Chapman says multitasking is detrimental when you’re trying to do two cognitively demanding tasks at the same time.

Mental And Physical Exercises May Boost Cognitive Ability, Memory, Problem Solving Skills In Just 12

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

If you think your memory is going, try going for a bike ride, and if you think your problem solving skills are deteriorating with age, try some cognitive exercises because it may help you regain years of brain function, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Texas teamed up with a group from the University of California, Berkeley, to test how physical and mental exercises affect different regions of the brain.

All brain training protocols do not return equal benefits, study reveals

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Center for BrainHealth study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found that healthy adults who participated in cognitive training demonstrated positive changes in executive brain function as well as an increase in global brain flow compared to study counterparts who participated in an aerobic exercise program.

Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits

Monday, July 18, 2016

New study from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas finds that cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory.

Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits

Monday, July 18, 2016

Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Train (Your Brain) Like An Olympian

Monday, July 18, 2016

According to the latest Center for BrainHealth research, both physical and mental components are critical to improving and maintaining our brain health and building brain resilience as each type of exercise produces distinct brain benefits.

Researcher Examines How Marijuana Affects Brain

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A new study by a Center for BrainHealth researcher shows that marijuana use can have a major effect on the part of the brain associated with reward.

Marijuana use over time may harm the brain’s reward system

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Over time, marijuana use may alter anticipatory reward processing in the brain's nucleus accumbens (NAcc), increasing the risk for continued drug use and later addiction, researchers report.

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