Air Pollutants (PAHs) and Brain Development

LA and NYC researchers link perinatal exposure to air pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) with slower processing and ADHD symptoms via effect on brain's white matter.

Peterson, B.S., Rauch, V.A., Bansal, R., Hao, X., Toth, Z., Nati, G., Walsh, K., Miller, R.L., Semanek, D. & Perera, F. (2015). Effects of prenatal exposure to air pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) on the development of brain white matter, cognition and behavior in later childhood. JAMA Psychiatry. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.57

Compensatory Role of Declarative Memory in Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Scientific review indicates declarative memory may compensate for deficits in language disorder, dyslexia, autism, Tourette's and OCD.

Ullman, M.T. & Pullman, M.Y. (2015). A compensatory role for declarative memory in neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 51, 205-222.

Sensory Gating, Attention and Creativity

Northwestern University researchers explore link between sensory gating, attention and creativity.

Zabelina, D.L., O’Leary, D., Pornpattananangkul, N., Nusslock, R. & Beeman, M. (2015). Creativity and sensory gating indexed by the P50: Selective versus leaky sensory gating in divergent thinkers and creative achievers. Neuropsychologia, 69, 77-84.


Northwestern University researchers uncover brain differences in SuperAgers.

Gefen, T., Peterson, M., Papastefan, S.T., Martersteck, A., Whitney, K., Rademaker, A., Bigio, E.H., Weintraub, S., Rogalski, E., Mesulam, M.M. & Geula, C. (2015). Morphometric and histoligic substrates of cingulate integrity in elders with exceptional memory capacity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(4), 1781-1791.

Scientific Consensus on Brain Training Industry

The Stanford Center on Longevity and 70+ of the world’s leading cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists (signatories) issue a position statement on brain training.

Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Stanford Center on Longevity (2014). A consensus on the brain training industry from the scientific community.

Exercise and Attention

Emerging evidence suggests regular morning exercise may improve attention in youth.

Hoza, B., Smith, A.L., Shoulberg, E.K., Linnea, K.S., Dorsch, T.E., Blazo, J.A., Alerding, C.M. & McCabe, G.P. (2014). A randomized trial examining the effects of aerobic physical activity on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptoms in young children. Journal of Abnormal Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10802-014-9929-y

Rommel, A., Halperin, J.M., Mill, J., Asherson, P. & Kuntsi, J. (2013). Protection from genetic diathesis in ADHD: Possible complementary roles of exercise. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(9), 900-910.