As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.
Published on: September 11, 2012
by The New Zealand Herald:
Researchers have been working to determine if there’s any link between the length of life and the five major personality traits: agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness.
A new study published in the Journal of Ageing and Health has found openness – the ability to entertain and be flexible to new ideas – is an indicator of longer life.
Creative thinking lowers stress and boosts the brain’s ability to stay healthy, Medical Daily reports.
Researchers looked at data from 1349 men, collected between the years of 1990 and 2008. During that time, 547 of the men died. It was found creativity rather than intelligence, or overall openness, reduced death chances.
Researcher Nicholas Turiano said creativity is tied to good health because it promotes neural networks in the brain. This is backed up by earlier research conducted at Yale University that found creative types had more white matter. White matter helps with connections between neurons and different parts of the brain.
Turiano said creative types also handle stress better than others. Stress is linked to a number of health problems like heart disease, immune issues and dementia.
Researchers examined people who are naturally creative and open-minded, however their findings suggests people can exercise creative-thinking techniques to keep their brain healthy.
Previous studies have also found neuroticism shortens lives and conscientiousness increases it.
Researchers from the Purdue University of Indiana; the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Centre in Boston; and the Boston University Schools of Medicine worked on the project.
Consumption of canola oil is linked to weight gain and declines in memory and learning ability in mice that model Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Canola...
Low memory scores are an early marker of amyloid positivity, but have limited value as a screening measure for early Alzheimer’s disease among persons without dementia, according to a study published online in JAMA Psychiatry. Willemijn J....
Can the brain heal and preserve itself—or even improve its functioning—as we get older? For some time, many scientists have tended to think of our brains as machines, most commonly as computers,...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.