We all know that exercise is good for you. It strengthens your muscles and bones, increases your energy, improves your sleep, and reduces your risk of chronic disease. Physical exercise also supports a healthy brain, and not just physically—several mental, emotional, and social benefits come from regular physical activity.
What if you could turn any neuron in the brain on or off whenever you wanted, and for however long you wanted? This idea of activating and inactivating neurons in a non-invasive way is exactly what researchers led by Dr. Sreekanth Chalasani, an associate professor at the Salk Institute, are trying to accomplish.
Recently, researchers have found that burnout can cause physical changes to your brain. But first, what is burnout?
Occupational burnout is more than feeling overwhelmed. Burnout results from prolonged stress and doesn’t always have a singular cause.
Stress, its Impact On Our Brains and Neurological Disorders, and How Stress is a Public Health Concern
Life can be stressful in so many ways. We’ve all experienced stress to some degree, whether that stress comes from work, a health condition, personal frustrations, financially, or wherever else. Most people probably associate the term “stress” with something that applies to being overwhelmed with day-to-day life, but it also encapsulates physiological stress that comes from when we put our bodies through hard labor.
We all experience a bit of forgetfulness- forgetting to pick up eggs at the grocery store, where you parked the car, or the exact date of your cousin’s birthday party is normal. Amnesia, however, refers to a large-scale loss of memory that impacts daily life caused by illness, brain injury, or psychological trauma.
Improve memory and reasoning, enjoy a sharper mental performance in everyday life, and protect yourself against cognitive decline. Reduce the effects of ADHD and PTSD, and protect yourself against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Give yourself more self-confidence, a better mood, and even lower your medical costs.
These are just a few of the claims made by brain-training games and programs. Unfortunately, these claims aren’t all substantiated by science, and the efficacy of brain-training games is a hotly contested topic in the scientific community.
A recent study showed that researchers can use resting-state electroencephalogram (EEG) measurements to identify four different distinct subtypes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, a condition that results in degraded motor neuron function. The researchers also demonstrated that these subtypes are capable of predicting clinical trajectory and outcomes.