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Neuroscience

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 →

Good Science Is Rewarded

How many of us were told by our moms and dads when we were young that “good things come to those who wait?” But sometimes that wait can seem like forever… This week, that advice came true for a pioneering… Continue Reading →

Your brain on video games

Not all gaming is bad.  Do you believe this?  How do fast-paced video games affect the brain? Step into the lab with cognitive researcher Daphne Bavelier to hear surprising news about how video games, even action-packed shooter games, can help… Continue Reading →

Reward Circuits of the Teenage Brain Activated by Peers

It’s no secret that teenagers are influenced by their peers. Now, a new study conducted by researchers at UCLA’s Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center looked specifically at how teen brains reacted to “likes” of photos on social media. The main finding… Continue Reading →

A Criticism Of Brain Training – And An Answer To It

An interesting paper came across my radar week – “Placebo effects in cognitive training” published in PNAS (with a paywall, unfortunately). In this paper, the authors investigate the effect that people’s expectations might have on the results of brain-training experiments…. Continue Reading →

Dr. Michael Merzenich Wins the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience

Posit Science’s very own Dr. Michael Merzenich has been awarded the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for his work in discovering adult brain plasticity and applying its principles to improve the human condition! The Kavli Prize––a partnership between The Norwegian… Continue Reading →

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