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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 and twin brother of 'Lone Survivor' author Marcus Luttrell, 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.

Seeing Green: Pot Changes Brain’s Response to Money

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Smoking marijuana may change the way people's brains respond to certain rewards, such as the prospect of winning some money, according to a new study from researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.

To improve your memory, get moving ... or take a nap

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Scientists have unlocked new secrets for boosting memory retention: One involves breaking a sweat, and the other involves taking a snooze. Dr. Chapman comments on a recent study focused on the link between exercise and memory.

Mind Training May Aid Those With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Monday, June 20, 2016

A new study finds that strategy-based reasoning training can improve the cognitive performance for those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Surprisingly Simple Ways You Can Trick Your Brain Into Focusing

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What separates strategic, visionary thinkers from the rest of us? And why do we tend to worry about our ability to remember names—or where our keys are—rather than loss of cognitive memory that makes great performers? These were questions that puzzled Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. While searching for answers, she and her team developed Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART).

Gist reasoning training can strengthen cognitive domains in individuals with MCI

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas shows that strategy-based reasoning training can improve the cognitive performance for those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a preclinical stage of those at risk for Alzheimer's disease.

What long-term marijuana use may do to your brain

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Center for BrainHealth researchers found that people who had used marijuana for 12 years, on average, showed greater activity in the brain's reward system when they looked at pictures of objects used for smoking marijuana than when they looked at pictures of a natural reward -- their favorite fruits.

Cannabis IS addictive - and smoking it harms the brain permanently

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Despite the increase in cannabis use in the United States, Dr. Francesca Fibley, of the Center for Brain Health and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, said information on exactly how the drug might lead to dependency and addiction is still scarce.

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