Author: LearningRx

Do You Travel A lot? Take a Couple of Naps and Call LearningRx in the Morning

Chronic jet lag shrinks your brain, making learning and remembering more difficult for up to a month after you return home!

So says a team of psychologists from the University of California, Berkeley. The researchers based their findings on a four week study of jet-lagged hamsters. The psychologists weren’t surprised to discover that the hamsters had trouble learning and remembering simple tasks while jet lagged. What surprised the scientists, however, was that the memory and learning deficit lasted an entire month after the critters had been returned to their regular programming.

The answer, they say, seems to lie in the hippocampus, a part of the brain used for processing memory. Even though the brain is constantly creating new neurons, after a month of jet-lag, the hamsters had only half the number of new neurons in the hippocampus region as non-jet-lagged rodents in the study’s control group.

Another study, conducted by Dr. Cho Kwangwook of the University of Bristol Medical School, revealed similar findings. Based on a study of flight attendants, Dr. Kwangwook concluded that chronic jet lag shrinks the frontal portion of the brain, resulting in temporary loss of memory and cognitive skills.

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Did you see The Biggest Loser last week?
We are that “Brain Training Company”!

When Phil and Amy Parham’s three-year-old son Rhett was diagnosed with autism, they pursued a variety of therapies for six years. Amy says, “Some helped and some didn’t.”

Today, Amy says, Rhett is reading, doing math, and is participating in “regular” classes–thanks to brain training provided by LearningRx.

The turnaround in Rhett’s struggle with autism came unexpectedly when the couple was selected to compete on “The Biggest Loser.” Phil and Amy—who began the show weighing a combined total of 560 pounds—went on to lose over 200 pounds over the course of the show and, in the process, share their story—and the story of their autistic son—with a nation.

As a result, they were contacted by one of LearningRx’s 70 brain training centers.

On The Biggest Loser “Where Are They Now?” television special that aired on November 24th, Amy talked about the profound difference that LearningRx’s brain training programs have made in the life of her son.

“My youngest son Rhett is autistic. We were told there were lots of things he could never do,” she said during her interview on The Biggest Loser follow-up special. She added that, as a result of the brain training provided by LearningRx, “now he can read, he can do math, he’s in regular classes.”

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Need to improve your concentration skills? Try F.O.C.U.S.

improving concentrationGood concentration and focus are prescriptions for a successful life. They are also the result of active and successful attention skills. Strong, efficient attention skills enable us to concentrate intently on a problem or task while sorting out unimportant information and ignoring distractions. In an article by author Sam Horn, he suggests a helpful acronym for FOCUS that offers 5 tips to better attending. You can read Sam’s article here. The summary of the acronym is…

F = the “five more” rule

When you feel the distractions building and attention waning, make the determination to do just 5 more “reps”. Finish five more math problems, reading five more pages of a book, work just 5 more minutes before you quit.

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Dyscalculia

dyscalculiaThe Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary online defines dyscalculia as, “impairment of mathematical ability due to an organic condition of the brain”.

Talk about definition that leaves you cold! How many kids (and adults for that matter) struggle with math these days? While this ponderous definition isn’t the answer by itself, it may actually contain a key for students with chronic math failure.

Low math performance is reaching an epidemic level in the United States. Wall Street Journal contributor, Robert Tomsho sites, “The National Assessment of Educational Progress — often called the “nation’s report card” — found fourth-graders had made no learning gains since the last time the NAEP math test was given, in 2007. Previously, fourth-graders had made scoring gains on every NAEP math test given since 1990.” (Emphasis ours- Read Robert Tomsho’s article here )

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Your Brain on Food: How Spices & Nutrients Affect Your Cognitive Abilities

Teenage Girl Balancing Apple on her headDid you know that eating a potato can calm you down? Or that nutmeg and cinnamon can cause feelings of euphoria? Amino acids and other natural compounds are able to steer our mood swings. Nutrients can stimulate different regions of the brain and release chemicals that enhance brain activity or protect the brain from aging.

A specialist in Alzheimer’s disease, and a professor from Ohio State University, Gary Wenk started delving into the medicinal impact of food while studying how natural plants could impact memory.

People from the Indian subcontinent, he found, are much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. The reason? They scarf down a lot of curry, which contains an antioxidant that keeps brain cells from aging.

For more about your brain on curry, and lots of other fascinating stuff, check out this article from the New York Post!