Yes, You Should Aim for 10,000+ Steps

Yes, You Should Aim for 10,000+ Steps

The authors of this study described relationships between the average number of daily steps among women wearing an accelerometer (a high-quality activity tracker often used in research) for 4-7 days and their risk of dying over a 4.3-year follow-up period.

Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

Attention Parents: Recent Neuroscience Says Your Teen Still Needs YOU

By regularly and consistently spending time with teens, the channels of communication remain open, enabling parents to provide support and positive affirmations as well as the opportunity for open discussions related to teen development and life in general.

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning

For the next phase of this research, Westbrook and colleagues at OHSU plan to couple specific learning tasks with acute bouts of aerobic exercise in an attempt to better understand how triggering exercise-induced Mtss1L may prime the brain for learning.

Why Do People Like to Be Scared?

Why Do People Like to Be Scared?

What was also interesting was that people who reported feeling stressed, bored, or tired prior to VANE exposure experienced the greatest gains in terms of improved emotion and brain activity.

Thoughts About Fatherhood and Father’s Day in the #Metoo Era

Thoughts About Fatherhood and Father’s Day in the #Metoo Era

Fathers can then encourage the development of autonomy and assertion, rather than destructive aggression, in both boys and girls.

How Girls and Boys Differ in the Development of Depression

How Girls and Boys Differ in the Development of Depression

The recent study examined how depressive symptom trajectories diverge in adolescence; such information can be helpful in informing healthcare providers, parents , and teenagers themselves about the potential challenges of this developmental period. What are the implications of the different trajectories of depressive symptoms in male and female adolescents?

Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga

Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga

As we know, yoga is a physical activity, so parents should make sure that their children are doing the poses correctly and not pushing or hurting themselves in some way. Where does yoga fit in an era when kids need to be encouraged to be active?

6 Ways to Boost Mental Health and General Wellness

6 Ways to Boost Mental Health and General Wellness

According to the Mental Health America website, this year's campaign will center on the following themes: animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality , humor , work-life balance, and recreation and social connections.

30 Minutes of Aerobic Exercise Supercharges Semantic Memory

30 Minutes of Aerobic Exercise Supercharges Semantic Memory

In addition to the long-term brain benefits of sticking with a regular exercise regimen throughout the week and across a lifespan, the latest research suggests that scheduling a 30-minute cardio workout at moderate intensity immediately before taking a written test or writing something that requires semantic memory might improve your performance.

Neuroscientists Transform Brain Activity to Speech with AI

Neuroscientists Transform Brain Activity to Speech with AI

The concept is relatively straightforward—record the brain activity and audio of participants while they are reading aloud in order to create a system that decodes brain signals for vocal tract movements, then synthesize speech from the decoded movements.

What Behaviors Predict Sleep Duration and Quality?

What Behaviors Predict Sleep Duration and Quality?

In summary, in this very large sample of respondents, all of whom were already at a greater risk for poor sleep because of physiological changes related to menopause, better sleep duration and quality and fewer insomnia symptoms were associated with less sedentary time and more time spent in light physical activity, as opposed to sitting and especially reclining awake.

Want to Maintain Total Cerebral Brain Volume? Keep Walking

Want to Maintain Total Cerebral Brain Volume? Keep Walking

After spending over three years combing through swaths of data, these findings were published today by JAMA Network Open in a paper “Association of Accelerometer-Measured Light-Intensity Physical Activity With Brain Volume.” The main takeaway of this research is that walking 10,000 or more steps per day was associated with higher total cerebral brain volumes in comparison to participants who walked fewer than 5,000 steps per day.

Pippa Middleton Talks About 6-Month-Old Son Arthur for First Time

Pippa Middleton Talks About 6-Month-Old Son Arthur for First Time

It’s been six months since Pippa Middleton welcomed her baby boy, Arthur, and she just opened up about him for the first time. During her pregnancy, Middleton looked to her sister for advice about motherhood , a source told Us Weekly exclusively in April 2018.

Neuroscientists Partially Revive Pig Brains After Death

Neuroscientists Partially Revive Pig Brains After Death

Neuroscience researchers from the Yale School of Medicine announced the successful revival of circulation and cellular activity in pig brains for hours after death and published their study on April 17 in Nature .

The Brain Benefits of Boredom

The Brain Benefits of Boredom

It turns out that in our rush to find boredom busters for our children, we actually rob the brain of essential downtime and opportunities for creative thinking associated with the wandering mind.

Why Do Trauma Survivors Develop Depression?

Why Do Trauma Survivors Develop Depression?

The diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder requires exposure to actual (or to threats of) injury, violence, or death; the experience of intrusive symptoms (e.g., flashbacks); attempts to avoid some internal and external cues (e.g., thoughts, location) that might trigger trauma-related distress; and negative changes in mood (like inability to feel happiness ), cognition (such as believing nobody is worthy of one’s trust), and arousal/reactivity (e.g., getting startled easily).2.

Late Filing Taxes? Blame Your Brain

Late Filing Taxes? Blame Your Brain

There are many studies on the psychology of procrastination , but brain imaging is giving researchers neurological insight into procrastinators’ brains by revealing differences in brain structure in people who habitually put off doing things until the last minute.

8 Minutes of Walking Per Day Could Change Your Life

8 Minutes of Walking Per Day Could Change Your Life

According to the new paper by Dorothy Dunlop and colleagues at the Feinberg School of Medicine, the minimum threshold of exercise that best predicted disability-free status from immobility over a four-year period is 56 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per week.

Can Vitamins Help to Prevent Dementia?

Can Vitamins Help to Prevent Dementia?

A meta-analysis published by the Cochrane Collaboration found limited evidence that vitamin and mineral supplements help to prevent or treat dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. To take a thorough look at the evidence, researchers identified randomized-controlled studies in four different treatment areas: cognitive training, prescription medicines, over-the-counter supplements, and vitamins and physical activity.

Happy Wife = Long Life?

Happy Wife = Long Life?

But let's take this adage one step further and ask an even more intriguing question: Can having a happy spouse (regardless of gender ) not only lead to a happier life but a longer one as well? A third possible explanation, one the researcher examined in this study, is that happy people are simply more physically active.

10 Surprising Ways to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

10 Surprising Ways to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

Parents can help kids “look at one thing, hear one thing, or think about one thing” because research suggests that relaxation can be achieved by narrowing attention. If kids are anxious yet make it through an activity anyway, helping them reflect can build resilience and strength for the next time.

Can "Blue Space" Provide Therapeutic Benefits?

Can "Blue Space" Provide Therapeutic Benefits?

“I believe that the sounds of the crashing waves or lapping water help us regulate our internal rhythm,” says Scott-Hudson. Alcee, like Scott-Hudson, believes that walking near the water is innately soothing.

What Adult ADHD Looks Like

What Adult ADHD Looks Like

An intriguing study by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom found that ADHD may be caused by “structural differences in the brain’s gray matter.” After providing both healthy volunteers and patients with ADHD medication that is known to increase dopamine levels, they found that the drug improved both groups’ ability to concentrate.

Do Gratitude Journals Really Work? 4 New Gratitude Findings

Do Gratitude Journals Really Work? 4 New Gratitude Findings

But gratitude might help alleviate that negative effect: If people felt more grateful, even when they were feeling stressed and worried, their well-being didn’t take as big of a hit.

Are You Really Getting a Good Night's Sleep?

Are You Really Getting a Good Night's Sleep?

They also looked in more detail at the pattern of brain activity that was going on when the participants did report that they were dreaming and found certain similarities irrespective of whether the awakening was in REM or NREM.

Getting Fit in 40s, 50s Still Can Add to Life Span

Getting Fit in 40s, 50s Still Can Add to Life Span

What's more, a mid-life start to physical activity seemed to cut the odds of death from the two major killers -- heart disease and cancer.

Why Do Teenage Boys Need Structure?

Why Do Teenage Boys Need Structure?

And while these activities can seem overwhelming to both teenage boys and their parents, it is important to remember that teenage boys need structure and these activities are teaching them life lessons about how to best manage their time.

How Music Therapy Affects the Brain in Autism

How Music Therapy Affects the Brain in Autism

Similarly, children who had decreased connections between auditory and visual brain areas showed more improvements in social communication. For example: decreases in connections between auditory and visual brain areas might be helping with sensory sensitivity in ASD, which may lead to improvements in social skills.

Your Brain on Spiritual Experiences

Your Brain on Spiritual Experiences

Spiritual states are those that through a felt-sense connect you to something bigger than oneself, a oneness, or strong force which may be experienced as an energy, force, higher power, G-d, deity or transcendent figure or consciousness.

The Effects of Solitary Confinement on the Brain

The Effects of Solitary Confinement on the Brain

Teams of researchers are investigating further the deep effects of this practice, and studying the possibility of regulating it to maintain physical activity as well as sensory input and circadian rhythms, in order to prevent profound changes in the brain.

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