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Texas Unveiling First Plan for Alzheimer’s “Epidemic”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

“It’s startling that no state has an integrated, statewide strategy to promote brain health by staving off Alzheimer’s disease,” said Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, who will speak at the conference. “Texas is so forward thinking to be conducting public hearings on just such a plan.”

Human Brains Grow, Change and Can Heal Themselves

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Neuroplasticity, or the brain's ability to adapt and change through life, is gaining increased traction in medical circles. The frontal lobes, which control critical thinking, judgment, reasoning and problem-solving, accelerate from ages 16 to 25 and may begin to decline after age 30, particularly if efforts to keep the brain fit haven't been made.

BrainHealth Plan Could Reduce Dropouts

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Texas leaders hope to attack the state's troubling drop out problem with a pioneering program that's already showing promise in Dallas. The Middle School Brain Years program developed by the Center for BrainHealth teaches students hot to learn, improving both their skills and odds of graduating.

Inside T. Boone Pickens’ Brain

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pickens had dropped by the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas to donate his gray matter to science for an hour. Aging brains rely less on the hippocampus as memory degrades and more on the frontal cortex, which is more focused on reasoning skills. Sandra Bond Chapman, director of the Center for BrainHealth, says older brains switch over to emphasize "gist" processing. They get the big picture even if the details escape them. This makes sense to Pickens: "I've seen so many things, it doesn't take me long to make a decision on a deal."

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