Cognition: I’m Thinking Phosphatidylcholine, of Course!

Eating foods high in phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced risk of dementia and enhanced cognitive performance, according to a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers analysed approximately 2,500 Finnish men between ages 42 and 60 for their dietary and lifestyle habits. The risk of dementia was 28% lower in men with… Read More

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Total Sleep Deprivation & Cerebral Response

Research Paper Title Neural correlates of dynamic changes in working memory performance during one night of sleep deprivation. Background Total sleep deprivation (TSD) is common in modern society leading to deterioration of multiple aspects of cognition. Dynamic interaction effect of circadian rhythmicity and homeostatic sleep pressure on sustained attention have been intensively investigated, while how… Read More

Fieldcraft & Elk: Learning Skills & Drills!

“Wily elk learn to outsmart hunters WITH age comes wisdom. Older female elk learn to avoid getting shot by hunters, and may adapt their behaviour to the hunting threat at different times of year. Henrik Thurfjell [and colleagues (2017)] at the University of Alberta, Canada, and his colleagues put GPS tracking collars on 49 female elk in… Read More

Linking Calorie Deprivation, Mood, Interstitial Glucose & Cognitive Function

Research Paper Title Two Days of Calorie Deprivation Induced by Underfeeding and Aerobic Exercise Degrades Mood and Lowers Interstitial Glucose but Does Not Impair Cognitive Function in Young Adults. Background In studies assessing the effects of acute undernutrition on cognitive function, volunteers are sedentary and findings are equivocal, even though glucose concentrations fall substantially. However,… Read More

Learning: What is the Role of Gesture in Mental Model Construction & Inference Making?

Research Paper Title Gesture as Model Enactment: The Role of Gesture in Mental Model Construction and Inference making when Learning from Text. Abstract The question of the relationship between gesture production and mental models was explored in three experiments focusing on inference making when learning from reading a scientific text. Participants engaged in one-on-one interviews after reading an… Read More

Research: Brain Injury & Cognitive Function

Research Paper Title Cognitive Function and other Risk Factors for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Men: Nationwide Cohort Study. Study Question Does a mild traumatic brain injury result in lower cognitive function? Summary Answer Cognitive function was similar in men with mild traumatic brain injuries before and after cognitive testing. What is Known and… Read More