A new, convincing (albeit small) study in the journal Nature Neuroscience has shown that a chemical called flavanols extracted from cocoa beans can reverse age-related memory loss. The participants, aged 50 to 69, drank powdered cocoa flavanols mixed with milk or water and took memory tests. The group that took a higher dose of flavanols showed speed in memory and cognition that would reflect a 30-year reversal. Keep reading »
Overthinking everything is my Achilles heel. If I get into my Crazy Thinking Place, as I refer to it, I can loop around on one idea for hours, like a dog chasing its tail. It can be about anything — from what I want to eat for lunch to what I’m going to say when I have that heavy conversation — and where does it get me in life? Absolutely nowhere. All I’ve done is waste one hour of my life deciding which route to take so I can get done with my errands faster. Oh, the irony.
Scientist Taraz Lee of UC Santa Barbara was interested in the overthinking phenomenon that plagues so many of us, so he conducted a study about the effect of thinking on long-term memory and performance. “There are always examples of professional golfers who have the lead on the 18th hole, but when it comes down to one easy shot, they fall apart,” Lee explained. “That should be the time when it all comes out the best, but you just can’t think about that sort of thing. It just doesn’t help you.” Tell me about it. Story of my life. Keep reading »
A new survey on men’s memory found that guys can’t remember important dates like birthdays and anniversaries for s**t. A whopping 41 percent of the more than 1,000 men surveyed admitted to forgetting their anniversaries. A significant number also confessed to not remembering their partners’, their mothers’, or even their own birthdays. Really? That is impressively pathetic. There were, however, a few dates that 38 percent of participants remembered without fail — the start dates of their favorite sports seasons. “It is disappointing to see that so many men are forgetful of such important dates, however, it is also a fact that we are not surprised about,” said a spokesperson. Ack! I hate studies like this that reinforce lame gender stereotypes. Forgetful men, I am going to share a little secret with you: I don’t remember crap either. But I have a trick. I write stuff down. Try it! It works. [Newslite]