Why Breakfast?

Many, many people skip breakfast. Yet it is really the most important meal of the day. Scientists from many fields readily agree that breakfast is vital to learning, memory and feelings of well-being. Researchers examined the impact of breakfast on cognitive performance in elementary school children and the composition of the meal. A wholesome breakfast…

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Straight to bed now for straight A’s later.

UK researchers followed over 11,000 children and found that inconsistent bed times, particularly at age 3, could predict poorer mental skills at age 7. They also found these effects may accumulate over time. Girls who had inconsistent sleep patterns at age 3, 5 and 7 had significantly worse scores on reading, math and spatial awareness…

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Walk to school, get better grades?

It appears the “good ol’ days” of walking to school are also good for the brain. After tracking 1700 students aged 13-18, Spanish researchers found that female students who walked to school for longer than 15 minutes had a cognitive advantage over those who commuted by vehicle or those who walked for 15 minutes or…

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Parental Omega-3 Deficiency Can Affect Offspring

  Dietary choices by parents may affect their adolescent's behaviour and cognitive performance. Using a rodent model, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that the adolescents of parents who were low in omega-3 fatty acids had more anxiety, hyperactivity and learning difficulties than adolescents whose parents had sufficient dietary omega-3’s. The nutritionally deficient parents…

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Mild Dehydration Can Negatively Affect Your Mind

More than 50 Tufts University male and female students from athletic teams volunteered to examine the effects of mild dehydration on cognitive performance. Each was assigned to complete team practices either with or without water replacement. Following cognitive tests, those in the "dehydration group" demonstrated higher negative mood ratings and confusion than the hydrated group. Those who…

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Combination of Diet and Exercise Potent in Preventing Dementia

We all know diet and exercise are important. New research suggests the combination of both may be particularly beneficial in lowering the risk of dementia. In a five-year prospective cohort study of elderly in New York, both high physical activity and high adherence to a Mediterranean diet (high intake of fruits, vegetables, and olive oil, and…

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Do Less at One Time: You Will Accomplish More!

Have you seen any high-tech jugglers? They keep several instant message threads and email conversations going, listen to music, watch television, and jump from one website to another while trying to complete another task!A new study conducted at Stanford University has found those who regularly bombard themselves with several streams of electronic information do not…

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Stress May Impact Cognitive Performance

Chronic stress is a well-known risk factor for major conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. In healthy individuals it can disrupt creativity, flexible problem solving, and working memory. These are all related to processes dependent on an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC).

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