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Research

Charisma Virtual Social Training: A Digital Health Platform and Protocol

This pilot study investigates the impact of a low immersion virtual reality (LIVR) intervention upon social skill challenges in youths with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or another diagnosis. Findings suggest participants experienced improved recognition of emotions, social cues and self-belief following training in the LIVR environment.

Frontiers in Virtual Reality
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Research

Cybercriminal Exploitation of Cognitive Biases: A Brain Capital Perspective

Written by cognitive researchers, this op-ed proposes that largescale efforts to support brain health can also make people less vulnerable to cybercrime. Research suggests cognitive bias increases vulnerability to digital scams and thefts, which threaten individual lives and collective brain capital.

Psychiatric Times
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Research

High-Definition Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Over the Left Frontopolar Cortex Promotes Analogical Reasoning

Researchers in the the Krawczyk Reasoning Lab influenced activity in the left anterior prefrontal cortex via transcranial direct current stimulation before engaging participants in measured, creative problem-solving tasks.

International Mind, Brain, and Education Society

Donor Newsletter

BrainMatters Newsletter Q2 2022

BrainMatters Newsletter Q2 2022

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Research

Mind-Body Resilience for Women: A Focus on Depression

This team of researchers summarizes the heightened risks experienced by women – including biological factors, intimate partner violence, chronic health conditions and dementias – while developing an agenda for women-focused solutions.

Psychiatric Times
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Research

Investing in Late-Life Brain Capital

This international team of experts builds upon the concept of Brain Capital. Using compassion and strategic thinking, they present a comprehensive plan for prioritizing brain skills and brain health later in life – outlining individual, corporate, societal and global approaches for creating a common cultural narrative to enhance the value of aging.

Innovation in Aging
Jacque Gamino conducting SMART training with a group of Dallas-area teachers.

Research

Higher-Order Executive Function in Middle School: Training Teachers to Enhance Cognition in Young Adolescents

Using the SMART™ protocol, this study investigated outcomes from providing short-term, intensive training to middle school teachers by measuring evidence of higher-order executive function in their students.

Frontiers in Psychology
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Research

Altered Linear Coupling Between Stimulus-Evoked Blood Flow and Oxygen Metabolism in the Aging Human Brain

Human aging affects the structural integrity of neural-vascular coupling (NVC), which plays a critical role in healthy neural function by delivering oxygen and nutrients to metabolically active neurons.

Cerebral Cortex
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Research

Parenting With a Kind Mind: Exploring Kindness as a Potentiator for Enhanced Brain Health

The BrainHealth pilot study Kind Minds With Moozie examines the impact of digitally-delivered, self-paced brain science education and kindness activities on resilience and empathy in parents and preschool-aged children.

Frontiers in Psychology
2022 Brain Matters Monthly newsletter, with Tom Leppert feature article.

Donor Newsletter

BrainMatters Newsletter Q1 2022

BrainMatters Newsletter Q1 2022

2021 Brain Matters Monthly newsletter, with Susan Hockfield feature article.

Donor Newsletter

BrainMatters Newsletter Q4 2021

Brain Matters Newsletter Q4 2021

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Research

Novel Oppositional Defiant Disorder 6 Months After Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents

This study investigates possible predictive factors of novel oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) among children and adolescents in the first 6 months following traumatic brain injury (TBI).

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
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Research

Snoring Remediation with Oral Appliance Therapy Potentially Reverses Cognitive Impairment: An Intervention Controlled Pilot Study

This pilot study investigates the relationship between respiration rate and snoring in individuals with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease.

Geriatrics
BrainMatters Newsletter Q2&3 2021 cover image

Donor Newsletter

BrainMatters Newsletter Q2-3 2021

Brain Matters Newsletter Q2-3 2021

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Research

Virtual Training Helps Underserved Middle Schoolers Hone Social Skills

Recent research at the center demonstrates the power of combining Charisma™, a virtual platform, with live coaching to help students enhance their social skills and confidence in a low-risk environment.

Frontiers in Education