Brain Benefits of Bilingualism

Preventing Dementia Bilingual adults with Alzheimer’s take twice as long to develop symptoms as their monolingual counterparts. The mean age for the first signs of dementia in monolingual adults is 71.4 and for bilingual it is 75.5. Focusing on Tasks… Continue Reading →

Can Learning About the Brain Help Schools?

In Scientific American, the distinguished neuroscientist Antonio Damasio reflected on the current state of his field and looked into the future. He suggested that “more may have been learned about the brain and the mind in the 1990’s—the so-called decade… Continue Reading →

Jean Piaget: Father of Developmental Psychology

Introduction: Piaget and His Ideas A young child passes a fence with a cow standing nearby and gleefully exclaims: “Dog!” Another child examines a row of seven checkers. When the seven checkers are spread out to form a longer row,… Continue Reading →

How Long to Nap?

Naps are a great source of comfort for some.  The biggest question being how long should I nap and what benefits are derived from these naps.  Here are some guidelines: 10 to 20 minutes This power nap is ideal for… Continue Reading →

Rising, Down Under

I just spent several days talking with scientists and lecturing in Australia.  The summer months (our winter months) are a wonderful time to travel Down Under.  The cities are lively, the sun is out, and people are in cheerful mood—which… Continue Reading →

How the food you eat affects your brain

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or… Continue Reading →

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