How “Superagers” Maintain Cognitive Performance Into Their 80s

Here's a new word for you: superager. It refers to an older adult whose cognitive performance is the same as a younger adult. The implication is that it's not normal for people to maintain cognition as they age. However, if we can identify what makes superagers unique, can this well-proven pattern of cognitive decline be prevented? A … Continue reading How “Superagers” Maintain Cognitive Performance Into Their 80s

Neuroscience Wearables Make Big Promises, But Caution is Needed

The Halo Sport looks like a pair of headphones, but in addition to playing music, it delivers electric stimulation to the wearer's brain. Why would people voluntarily zap their heads? Well, Halo claims that if the $699 device is worn during physical training, athletes will achieve their goals faster. Products like this are becoming a … Continue reading Neuroscience Wearables Make Big Promises, But Caution is Needed

The Link Between Sleep and Intelligence Goes Deeper Than We Thought

A study using CBS Trials has provided new insight into the biological basis of intelligence. Sleep spindles—short neural oscillations that occur during non-rapid eye movement sleep—have previously been linked to IQ test performance. However, there were a few unanswered questions: Sleep spindles are also linked with sleep quality, because they protect sleep from external stimuli. Are they … Continue reading The Link Between Sleep and Intelligence Goes Deeper Than We Thought