Harnessing neuroplasticity through brain exercises to improve learning ability and academic achievement in young children
The structure and function of the human brain are fundamentally shaped after birth by stimulation from the environment. The greater extent of this post-natal neuroplasticity distinguishes humans from all other animals. Computer technology and internet-based delivery make it possible to harness this neuroplasticity and promote development in young children of cognitive skills essential for learning and function in the 21st century. Data from thousands of school children demonstrate effectiveness and ability to scale at population levels at low cost.
Everyone's talking about the microbiome:gut:brain axis
The human gut is home to trillions of microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoans) with the potential to influence human health. Recently, there has been a surge of scientific and public interest in the possibility that the composition of this community could affect cognitive development and risk for mental illness via the ‘microbiome:gut:brain axis’. Initial support for this hypothesis came through animal studies. In particular, multiple reports show that manipulating the intestinal microbiota of rodents alters anxiety-related behaviors. In humans, altered gut microbes have been reported in people with autism, depression, schizophrenia, and eating disorders, but the direction of causality remains unclear