Cognition News

New MIND Diet Protects Against Alzheimer's

Study Shows New Diet Lowers Risk of Alzheimer’s

March 20th, 2015
A new diet, known by the acronym MIND, has been found to significantly reduce a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), even when the diet is not strictly followed, according to new research published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of ...
Good Breakfast May Hike Low-Income Kids' Grades

Good Breakfast May Hike Low-Income Kids’ Grades

March 18th, 2015
From an energy and dietary perspective breakfast has often been touted as the most important meal of the day. New research suggests the benefits of a good breakfast extend to the cognitive arena as investigators find a strong connection between good nutrition and ...
Common IQ Methodology May be Flawed

Common IQ Methodology May Be Flawed

March 18th, 2015
A Canadian researcher has discovered inconsistencies in the widely used Wechsler Adult Intelligence test (WAIS-IV). Queen's University professor Dr. Allyson Harrison and her colleagues examined the differences between Canadian and American WAIS-IV scores from 861 postsecondary students from across Ontario. The research identified a ...
Metaphors Help Us Understand Other’s Thoughts and Feelings

Metaphors Help Us Understand Other’s Thoughts and Feelings

March 13th, 2015
A new study suggests paying attention to the metaphors a person uses in a conversation is a good way to understand their emotional or mental state. In their research, Andrea Bowes and Albert Katz of the University of Ontario discovered that metaphors ...
Genetic Link Found Between Autism & Higher Intelligence

Genetic Link Found Between Autism & Higher Intelligence

March 11th, 2015
New research suggests genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence. In the study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found evidence linking genetic factors associated with autism to better cognitive ability in people who ...
Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

Cannabis Use Ups Risk of Dropping Out of School

March 10th, 2015
Using cannabis as a teenager may negatively affect educational attainment, new findings suggest. About seven percent of U.S. high school seniors are daily or near-daily cannabis users, and surveys indicate that use is increasing. Dr. Edmund Silins of the University of New South ...
Cognitive Skills Seem to Peak at Different Ages

Cognitive Skills Seem to Peak at Different Ages

March 10th, 2015
Different aspects of fluid intelligence -- the ability to analyze information, engage in critical thinking, and solve problems -- peak at different ages, and some may peak as late as age 40, according to a new study published in the journal Psychological ...
Air-Pollution May Slow Child’s Learning

Air-Pollution May Slow Child’s Learning

March 6th, 2015
A new European study finds that students attending schools in areas of high traffic-related air pollution appear to have slower cognitive development. Researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Spain, studied seven to 10 year old children in Barcelona. ...
Self-Reported Fitness Level May Predict Risk of Dementia

Mid-Life Physical Fitness Influences Brain Aging in Later Years

March 6th, 2015
New research suggests that people with poor physical fitness in their 40s may undergo accelerated brain aging. In a paper presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle meeting, researchers say poor fitness may lead to lower brain volumes by the time a person ...
Smartphone Laziness?

Does Smartphone Use = Laziness?

March 6th, 2015
New research suggests smartphones are making us cognitively lazy. And, the evidence is still out as to if this will be an issue as we age. The ubiquitous cellular devices allow us to obtain information without having to retrieve information that is traditionally ...