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. 

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. / Kent State Magazine

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 over the counter, can improve the mood and memory of middle-aged and older adults.

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 involved in brain health research, brain health is one of Kent State’s largest areas of research strength and opportunity. 

Kent State educational technologist Richard Ferdig studies the potential—and the possible limits—of emerging digital tools / Kent State Magazine

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 John Gunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychological sciences and director of Kent State’s Applied Psychology Center.

Kent State researchers are studying how you can train and maintain a healthy brain. / Kent State Magazine

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

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 lost her mother. 

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