This article originally appeared in Scientific Computing. What happens to our cognitive abilities as we age? Traditionally it is thought that age leads to a steady deterioration of brain function, but new research in Topics in Cognitive Science argues that older brains may … [Read more...] about Older Brains Slow Due to Greater Experience, Rather Than Cognitive Decline
Studies and News
Epilepsy Drug the Secret to Perfect Pitch?
A team of international scientists might have discovered a way to reopen critical periods of brain development, allowing young and old adults alike the ability to acquire perfect pitch (or absolute pitch) in order to speak a language with perfect accent or play music by ear with … [Read more...] about Epilepsy Drug the Secret to Perfect Pitch?
How Temperature Affects Our Decision Making Abilities
Recent research suggests that even small variances in temperature impair our cognitive abilities, mainly our ability to make good decisions. Specifically, studies suggest that hot climates impair our ability to make complex decisions while cooler climates leaves decision-making … [Read more...] about How Temperature Affects Our Decision Making Abilities
Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Coffee drinkers, jump for joy. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that coffee drinkers live longer. This is promising news for approximately 50 percent of the population who drink some form of coffee. Historically, scientific studies … [Read more...] about Coffee Drinkers Live Longer
Intuition, Gut Feeling, and the Brain: Understanding Our Intuition
Has there ever been a time when you swear that you know about certain things and events that will happen, although you cannot describe how you come to know it? While you might call this as your ‘gut feeling,’ this sense – known as intuition – does not necessarily arise from your … [Read more...] about Intuition, Gut Feeling, and the Brain: Understanding Our Intuition