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Research Annoucement: A research grant has been awarded to study the effects of Interactive Metronome® therapy on aging American Indians.
It takes time to develop reading and language...well, not just time. More specifically, it takes "timing." Researchers at Northwestern University have linked a child's ability to synchronize with a drummer to their reading fluency and language development, both of which form the basis for all future learning. So, what can you do to help children get their groove back? Check out the research to find out how rhythm and timing training might just be the key to unlock your child's brain.Continue reading
Exciting research study from the Institute of Neuroscience, System and Cognition Department, the Universite Catholique de Louvain, and the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research. This study highlights the differences in brain responses (as measured by electroencephalography) before, during and after participants were moving to a rhythm.Continue reading
Check out our friend Dr. Kevin McGrew's blog about ADHD and brain connectivity. In it, he explores the science behind white matter connections and how it affects children with ADHD. Read more information on ADHD and several other neurological conditions, research and interesting science over on www.brainclock.net.Continue reading
Yep, we are on board. It took us a little time to get everybody together in the office and get it filmed, but we took the challenge. ALS is a serious condition that affects thousands of people; striking with no rhyme or reason, and often with no warning. Help us defeat ALS one cold shower at a time!Continue reading
So, you think you can dance? No, not the television show; can you actually dance? You have rhythm, we promise...well, maybe. Even if you can't dance, your brain can keep a beat. It needs the beat. It needs rhythm, and the whole system relies on Neurotiming®. Don't believe us? Read more. Plus, find out why that new Iggy Azalea song is stuck in your brain.Continue reading
We have covered a lot about nutrition in the past few months, but that doesn't mean we are anywhere near the end of our series on nutrition. As it turns out, you need a lot of stuff. All of those chemicals on the back on nutrition labels and vitamin packs might actually mean something after all. If you thought it was all vitamins and minerals, you forgot about the fine print. Onward! This time, eating fireworks and poison for your brain. Yum!Continue reading
In Part IV of our series You Are What You Eat, we explore trace minerals. These minerals may be used in small doses, but they sure are big players when it comes to your overall health...and that includes proper brain function. Read more to find out how metals you find in your money, pipes and car can help yo ulive a happy, healthy life.Continue reading
We have talked before about how fast your brain really is, but how do those signals get to their final destination? Check out our exploration of white matter tracts and how they relate to your brain's overall health and functionality.Continue reading
Your brain is an incredibly fast, effective and efficient machine that makes about 10,402,560,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per day if everything is running smoothly. That also leaves a lot of room for error. So how does that three pound fat ball on your shoulders control all of that information? Read more to find out about brain communication and information processing.Continue reading
Nutrition is serious business; in fact, it is a multi-billion dollar business. Everyone is trying to cash in on the health craze with one fad diet after the other. One week it is bad to eat carbohydrates, the next week juice cleanses are all the rage, and before you know it someone is advocating eating like a caveman. With all the competing information out there, what does your body really need? Well, we are no nutrition experts, but here are a few essential minerals to consider in the third part of our brain food series, You Are What You Eat.Continue reading
Part two of our brain food series covers the importance of vitamins. A lot of us take a multivitamin, but have you ever stopped to think about what those amazing little organic compounds were doing to your brain and body? Keep reading to find out how to keep the fat in your brain from going bad!Continue reading
Dr. Kevin McGrew, the Time Doc, is a member of the IM scientific advisory board and a strong advocate for the importance of better neural timing. In addition to co-authoring the fourth edition of the Woodcock-Johnson battery (WJ IV), he is the Director of the Institute for Applied Psychometrics (IAP), the Research Director for the Woodcock-Muñoz Foundation (WMF) and a visiting professor in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he received his doctoral degree in the same field. Dr. McGrew clearly understands how to use his time wisely. After spending 12 years as a school psychologist, and another 10 as a professor of Applied Psychology, Dr. McGrew switched his focus to research. He has published over 70 articles, books and book chapters in his areas of expertise and maintains IQ’s Corner blog and the Mindhub®. Look for Dr. McGrew in our upcoming IM demo video where he explains the importance of getting your brain and body in sync.Continue reading
Imagine that your body is a car. First things first, you aren't going anywhere without fuel (calories from food). Secondly, the type of fuel you choose makes a huge difference. You can't put diesel in a Honda Civic, just like someone with celiac disease wouldn't eat gluten. But it goes farther than that. 93 octane burns better than 87. Compounds like NOS will cause massive temporary spikes in power, at a high cost. So, is the higher price worth it? And no, we aren't talking about cars anymore.Continue reading
"Restless Mind, Restless Body," a study published in the December edition of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (Seli et al), shows a correlation between sustained focus and the ability to control secondary motor movement, like sitting still during a lecture.Continue reading
Two clocks!? Holy cow, I'm already late according to the one on the wall. New research suggests that the brain actually has two clocks working simultaneously, and possibly competing with each other. Find out why timing is even more important now than ever.Continue reading
Our focus on neuromuscular conditions continues with Huntington's, a truly devastating disease that could be affecting as many as 180,000 people in America. This hereditary disease has been known to stay relatively dormant in some people for 50 years, only to appear after it has been passed on to another generation. Find out how to spot Huntington's.Continue reading
Dyspraxia affects an individual's ability to plan and coordinate motor tasks. It is a developmental disorder, most commonly affecting young males. The condition will manifests itself in every aspect of life, although the severity and age of onset can vary drastically. Continue reading to learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of dyspraxia.Continue reading
The Ability to Synchronize Motor Movements to a Steady Beat is Linked to a Person’s Ability to Process Speech & Language and Read
A new study by Tierney & Kraus (2013) from Northwestern University’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory helps shed more light on why synchronizing motor movements to a steady beat results in faster, more accurate auditory processing, reading, and language processing. Their landmark study of 124 high school students highlights a neural structure called the inferior colliculus (IC) that serves as a way station for timing information between subcortical auditory structures, cerebral cortex, and the cerebellum. Tierny & Kraus have found the "first evidence linking [motor] beat synchronization ability to individual differences in auditory system function." Continue reading for more information on this groundbreaking research.