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Get Smart: 6 Brain-Boosting Activities to Add to Your Day

Monday, October 17, 2016

While the field of neuroscience is still rife with mystery, there is enough new research coming out to help us boost our brain health. So how to stay sharp? Here, a few bright ideas.

Learning to Learn the Smart Way

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dr. Jacquelyn Gamino, co-creator of Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), said students who have been trained through the program have made significant strides in their learning development.

Regular Marijuana Use Is Associated With Differences in Brain Gray Matter and Connectivity

Friday, October 14, 2016

A NIDA-funded brain imaging study led by Center for BrainHealth's Dr. Francesca Filbey, has shown that regular users of marijuana have less gray matter than nonusers of the drug in the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a brain region that contributes to impulse control, decision-making, and learning.

6 Foods You Should Avoid, According to Brain Docs

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dr. Dianna Purvis Jaffin, director of strategy and programs at the Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute, provides insight on how processed foods can affect your brain in a recent Prevention Magazine article.

BrainHealth Scientists Connect Dopamine, Facial Recognition

Monday, October 3, 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.

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.

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