Why HOPE matters.

Sometimes, everything seems like just too much! Losing hope is the last thing that your brain needs. Your brain is better when it’s hopeful, says Dana smith of Elemental In the brain, people experience optimism about the future in two key areas: the amygdala, our...
Can brain training work?

Can brain training work?

Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions Today we are confronted with a wide range of increasingly abstract and interconnected problems. Successfully dealing with this environment requires a highly fit brain, capable of adapting to new situations and challenges throughout...
Which medications affect memory?

Which medications affect memory?

A reader writes: ‘Can medication affect memory?’ We asked Dr Allison Lamont, PhD, memory expert, what the research says.    Reader, this is a very interesting question. And the answer is still being explored by researchers. In the past, doctors often...
Do Male and Female Brains Differ?

Do Male and Female Brains Differ?

It’s a myth.     It has long been thought that male and female brains are different. ‘Men are from Mars and women are from Venus’ is the kind of pop psychology that grew out of the belief that because ‘men have bigger brains’ they were better able to think...
Helen asks: What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s?

Helen asks: What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s?

Helen was exhausted. Her ageing father had again been up and around the house most of the night ‘looking for something’ and then not being able to find his bedroom again. His Alzheimer’s symptoms were worsening and she knew the day was coming when he would need to go...