Dementia is a mental health condition that is quickly becoming a major health concern around the world. Approximately 35.6 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dementia involves a deterioration of memory, thinking, and behavior. And eventually, it interferes with the ability to carry out simple, everyday tasks. It is a leading cause of disability and dependency in older adults. Not only does dementia …Read more
If you’re out and about with friends, it’s important that you’re able to separate background noise from important, meaningful conversation directed at you. As it turns out, the oxytocin hormone – also known as the “love hormone” for its role in sexuality, reproduction and social bonding – may also play a key role in the brain’s ability to perform this important filtering function. A recent study published in Nature explains how this hormone acts to reduce unwanted background noise while …Read more
You may not have ever stopped to think about it, but you’re constantly engaged in inner speech. As you read this right now, you are using your inner voice. This process is largely unexplored; however, two recent experiments published in the journal Psychology Science have revealed a brain signal, called corollary discharge, that plays an important role in how we perceive this inner speech.
In order to understand inner speech, you first have to understand corollary discharge. Corollary discharge is …Read more
Traditionally, it was believed that memory decline wasn’t something people had to worry about until the age of 60. However, recent studies suggest that it could actually begin as early as 45 years old. The Harvard Medical School has been doing extensive research in the area of memory and mental health for many years, boasting many studies that recommend taking the good ol’ fashioned approaches when it comes to mental health in seniors, such as exercise, social activities, etc. But …