Cognition News

Exercise Shown to Benefit Parkinson’s Patients

November 15th, 2014
Regular exercise has been confirmed as an important part of Parkinson’s disease therapy, one that can enhance patients’ quality of life and slow disease progression, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. “Regular exercisers at baseline were associated with better metrics of quality ...

Are Community Mental Providers Ready for Military Veterans?

November 14th, 2014
A new RAND Corporation study finds that most community-based mental health providers are not well prepared to take care of the special needs of military veterans and their families. The report was commissioned by United Health Foundation in collaboration with the Military Officers ...

Learning a New Language is an Excellent Mental Workout

November 14th, 2014
New research suggests learning a new language is a healthy mental challenge as brain networks are stimulated both structurally and functionally. Pennsylvania State researchers believe the brain improves with the correct amount of stress in a similar manner by which muscles improve with ...

Unrealistic View of Self Can Harm Teen Relationships

November 13th, 2014
New research finds that when adolescents believe they are better than their peers, the belief will probably cause relationship difficulties. These unrealistic views, a new study of eighth-graders finds, damage the child's relationship with others in the classroom: The more one student feels ...

‘Smart Drugs’ May Have Negative Effects

November 13th, 2014
A new study suggests so-called "smart drugs" such as modafinil (brand name Provigil) may have negative effects in healthy people. Currently, it is claimed that one in five students have taken modafinil to boost their ability to study and improve their chances of exam ...

Anxiety Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 11th, 2014
A new study discovers that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease within a few years. And the risk of Alzheimer’s increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety. Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences' Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, ...

Looking Healthy More Important for Leaders Than Looking Smart

November 11th, 2014
New research suggests looking healthy generally trumps looking intelligent among corporate executives and other industry leaders. Dutch investigators discovered people look for candidates with a healthy complexion when choosing a leader. They discovered the most intelligent-looking candidates are only chosen for positions that ...

Neighborhood Design Help Seniors Maintain Cognitive Health

November 10th, 2014
A neighborhood’s “walkability” can be a key factor for maintaining physical and cognitive health among older adults. Researchers from the University of Kansas presented evidence at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America that neighborhoods which motivate walking can stave off ...

Depression May Interfere with Intuition

November 9th, 2014
People who suffer from depression appear to be disconnected from their intuition, or gut instincts, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Clinical Psychology. The findings may help explain why depressed people often have a hard time making decisions. For ...

Global Alzheimer’s Report Calls for Prevention

November 6th, 2014
A new global report on Alzheimer's disease is highlighting the need for better prevention. Currently, more than five million Americans are living with the condition. Alzheimer's Disease International, the worldwide federation of Alzheimer's associations, commissioned the "World Alzheimer Report 2014 Dementia and ...