brain health

When someone suffers a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or brain tumor, one of the common symptoms is aphasia, a disorder that arises from damage to portions of the brain, usually the left side, that are responsible for language. It impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing.  About 1 million people in the...

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MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller, BA ’85, continues to break new ground in the understanding of cognition—and his research may help us move beyond the limits of the brain’s working memory.  By Adam Piore, Photography by Jason Grow In the rehearsal space of the Boston band What She Said, Earl Miller lays into his bass guitar, plucking out a...

University partners with i-Health and Stow-Glen Retirement Village Kent State University, in partnership with the Stow-Glen Retirement Village in Stow, Ohio, recently received an industry-funded grant of $430,000 from i-Health Inc., a subsidiary of DSM Nutritional Products, to examine whether taking a probiotic dietary supplement, commonly sold...

At the Kent State University Board of Trustees meeting held today (Dec. 7, 2016), the Board voted to establish the Brain Health Research Institute, further supporting significant existing research and providing additional support for researchers to collaborate across multiple departments, colleges and campuses. With more than 50 faculty members...

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Kent State educational technologist Richard Ferdig studies the potential—and the possible limits—of emerging digital tools By Laura Billings Coleman To celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s National Parks—and to start imagining their future—professor Richard Ferdig helped provide digital, personalized tours of Cuyahoga Valley...

Could losing a few pounds actually make you smarter?  By Erin Peterson | Illustrations by Mikey Burton ’08 Researchers have long known that carrying extra weight can be hard on our bodies: studies show that obesity is linked to higher rates of heart and liver disease, for example. Those extra pounds may be weighing down our brains, too, says...

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Kent State researchers are studying how you can train and maintain a healthy brain. By Erin Peterson | Illustrations by Mikey Burton ’08 Our brains are curious organs, responsible for our most logical decisions as well as our most irrational behavior. They help us love and loathe, think and feel. They help us remember obscure geography facts...

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Undergraduate research is thriving at Kent State, as students and their faculty mentors find mutual benefit in their collaborative efforts. by Jan Senn Photography by Melissa Olson Scientific research, scholarship and artistic work don’t happen in isolation by lone individuals in a lab, study or studio. Such pursuits are usually part of a...

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It’s a common scenario—you get stressed out and eventually it takes its toll on your health and well-being. That’s what happened last spring when Kathy Spicer was faced with multiple tight deadlines related to her work, spending long hours at her desk and grabbing meals on the go. During that time her brother died, just a year after she’d...