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How SLPs help people with autism communicate better

Speech language pathologists specialize in helping kids communicate. For individuals with autism, their work can be critical.

A life with autism

Dr. Stephen Shore was diagnosed with autism nearly 60 years ago. As he writes, his life has been richer as a result.

Broadening the understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease

In this Q&A, Dr. Heather Snyder discusses Alzheimer's Disease research and enumerates efforts to raise awareness about the disorder.

With CTE, correlation does not equal causation

Despite what we read in the media, reports of the connection between concussions and CTE may be greatly exaggerated.

The secrets to optimizing your brain

Elite performers have two things in common: They know how to be resilient, and how to get the most out of their brains.

Understanding more about young adults and ADHD

ADHD diagnoses in young adults are on the rise, presenting challenges in how to diagnose and treat this population.

The pros and cons of teleneuropsychology

Remote neuropsychological testing has benefits and drawbacks. It also likely is the way of the future.
Importance of early detection of neurodevelopmental disorders

The benefits of early intervention in neurodivergent children

For children who experience developmental delays, early intervention can make a huge difference with regard to quality of life.

The science of experiencing more than one sense simultaneously

Most of us experience one sense at a time. Those who experience multiple senses simultaneously have a very different reality.

Understanding ADHD in kids and teens

About 6 million kids have been diagnosed with ADHD. But what is it? Dr. Nicole Vienna provides a primer in this Q&A.

Former Justice O’Connor: A leader in dementia awareness

Sandra Day O'Connor was more than just the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. She was a fierce advocate for dementia awareness.

Lifestyle changes for better brain health

In this rousing Q&A, Dr. Gary Small shares how small lifestyle changes over time can lead to better brain health.

When age is really just a number

SuperAgers are people who are over 80 years old with the cognition of a 50- or 60-year-old. How did they get that way?

What brain imaging can tell us about brain conditions

Brain imaging can tell neuropsychologists a lot about brain conditions. In this Q&A, Dr. Marek Marsel Mesulam explains how.

From neuropsychologist to young adult novelist

Katie Keridan spent the first 12 years of her career as a pediatric neuropsychologist; then she decided to work with kids in a different way.

The science behind inattentional blindness

If we're not consciously aware of something, are we blind to it? The answer rests in the hands of a famous gorilla.

My experience treating depression with magnetic waves

After a lifetime of battling depression, one woman turns to magnetic waves to trigger change in her brain.

Three decades of fighting for brain health

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) has spent more than three decades fighting for brain health in Congress. Here's why.

Do brain training games really work?

Brain training games allege they can help people improve cognition and keep their minds sharp. But can they?
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Mourning of the inanimate

Giving care to a loved one with Alzheimer's disease is never easy. When you're in your 30s, it's excruciating.

How today’s world is reshaping your brain

From climate change to mass shootings to war in the Middle East, your brain is trying to cope—and it needs your help.

Music and the brain

Music makes our brains dance. But why? And how? Learn more in this Q&A with Dr. Eric Zillmer.
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What happens when you treat depression with ketamine

John Gorman had battled depression for years. He'd tried every treatment available. Then he tried ketamine.
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Running through a diagnosis of dementia

Following a dementia diagnosis, Tom and Becky White remain determined to run a race in every state. This is their story.

Cutting through the (brain) fog

Brain fog is one of the most talked-about side effects of COVID-19. But what is it? And what is its connection to dementia?

Life without a mind’s eye

People who experience aphantasia go through life without mental visual imagery. This is how Christabel Lobo experiences the world.
A brain is surrounded by atom-like objects.

The truth about Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's Disease is a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable movements. In this Q&A, Dr. Alexander Troster explains why.
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From expert to patient

Dr. Tresa Roebuck Spencer spent most of her life as an expert in neuropsychology. A GBM diagnosis in 2020 gave her new POV: as a patient.
Dr. Eric Zillmer stands in an empty sports stadium.

A stroke survivor’s story

Dr. Eric Zillmer was an accomplished neuropsychologist when he learned something about himself: He also was a stroke survivor.
Fingers click over a QWERTY keyboard, creating the image of data that they are inputting.

The future of Alzheimer’s Disease drugs

There's a big push for new drugs to treat Alzheimer's Disease, In this Q&A, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings explains why that's a good thing.
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What to consider after a loved one receives a diagnosis of dementia

Dementia diagnoses can be scary for everyone involved. Here are some things to consider after a loved one gets the news.
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Understanding Conditions of Aging, Frontotemporal Dementia

Actor Bruce Willis is grappling with a condition called Frontotemporal Dementia. In this Q&A, Dr. Andrew Budson explains what it is.
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Pieces of Her

Dementia is difficult for everyone. In this essay, author Alex Woodard describes his family's unique struggle.

Understanding neuroplasticity and how brains adapt

In this Q&A, a companion piece to Helen Santoro's feature, Dr. Erin Bigler talks about adaptability and the future of brain science.

Her plastic brain

Author Helen Santoro has a giant hole in her brain. Discovering how her brain has adapted has been an ongoing journey.

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