In everyday life, we experience changes in temperature and altitude. Depending on what jobs or hobbies we have, we may be exposed to extreme environmental conditions, such as high altitude. Depending on what environmental conditions we are exposed to, these conditions may impact our cognitive functioning. In this blog post, we discuss how different environmental conditions impact cognition.

We’ve all experienced a headache at some point in our lives. Other than experiencing headaches when we are sick, some people may have a medical condition that causes them to have chronic headaches. Headaches may also result from experiencing a stroke or brain injury as the brain recovers. Headaches can be disruptive: we may not be able to focus, move, or think because we are experiencing intense pain. Headaches may also disrupt cognitive functioning. In this blog post, we discuss the effects of headache on clinical measures of neurocognitive function.

Driving allows us to get to and from many places. As people age, they may experience cognitive decline, which can impact their ability to drive. Driving safety is of the utmost importance, as safe driving protects the driver themself but also other drivers on the road. Researchers are interested in better understanding factors that may influence risky driving behaviors, such as speeding. Three factors of interest are cognition, age, and gender. Studies have shown gender differences in risk-taking behavior, demonstrating that men are more likely than women to engage in risky behavior. Due to age-related brain changes, older adults may be more likely to experience cognitive problems, which can cause them to engage in risky driving behaviors like speeding. This blog post discusses the impact of cognition and gender on speeding behavior in older drivers with and without suspected mild cognitive impairment. 

Making better choices and improving decision-making abilities is a common goal of clients who are undergoing cognitive remediation therapy. Working on decision-making skills will help your client adhere to a budget, learn how to effectively prioritize tasks they need to accomplish and make better choices in regards to communicating with others during social engagements. HAPPYneuron Pro offers a multitude of activities that you can use with your clients to practice decision-making skills. Here are five of the top activities we suggest that you use to work with your client on their decision-making skills.

Time and time again, we are reminded it is important to take time to get outside. Not only is spending time good for maintaining physical health, but it is highly beneficial for cognitive health. The great news is that these benefits of connecting with nature can be harnessed in many free or low cost ways. In this blog post, we discuss the cognitive benefits of interacting with nature and share some ways that you and your client can connect with nature individually or together.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about new challenges across all components of the medical field. Clinical providers are learning about how COVID-19 has impacted the brain in survivors. Severe cases of COVID-19 have resulted in neuropsychological impairments. A study by Jawant et. al (2021) studied 57 recovered patients from a New York City hospital. In this blog post, we elaborate on the study and what researchers have uncovered in regards to the impact of COVID-19 on cognitive functioning.

With dyslexia being labeled as a learning disability, there are many misconceptions and myths about dyslexia. With recent research, there is more information and a better understanding of dyslexia than ever before! To better understand and help a loved one or student with dyslexia, here are 7 common myths about dyslexia.

Reading is a complex cognitive process that involves a network of connections throughout the entire brain. Oftentimes, educators overlook the neurobiology of cognitive skills required for activities such as reading. Understanding the neurobiology of reading will allow professionals to better determine what kinds of interventions may be most effective for a person struggling with reading. In this blog post, we discuss the neurobiology of reading and what it means for working with someone that has dyslexia.