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Training the brain to recognize voices

Training the brain to recognize voices

New research from Brain and Mind Institute and UCL suggests people may need to concentrate on the art of conversation more than ever following pandemic lockdowns.

Royal Society celebrates Western scholars

Royal Society celebrates Western scholars

Four Western researchers were named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), commonly recognized as the country’s top honour in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mel Goodale

Read. Watch. Listen. with Mel Goodale

Transport yourself beyond pandemic isolation and into parallel worlds both near and far when Western neuroscientist Mel Goodale takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Brain Study explores lasting impacts of COVID-19

Brain Study explores lasting impacts of COVID-19

Neuroscientists exploring the lasting impacts of COVID-19 on the brain hope their newest study will provide answers for health-care professionals and improved care for millions of patients around the globe.

Study explores strain on dementia patient care partners

Study explores strain on dementia patient care partners

The COVID-19 pandemic lockdown has further strained care partners of those living with dementia to the point where they are having trouble balancing care for their loved ones with their own self-care, resulting in physical and emotional exhaustion, health problems, and feelings of anxiety, depression and irritability.

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Study: Bilingualism does not make you ‘smarter’

Despite numerous social, employment, and lifestyle benefits, speaking more than one language does not improve your general mental ability, according to a new study conducted by Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids

“It is useful to engage children with some school now – but be gentle on yourself and, by extension, be gentle on them to reduce the stress load on everyone.”

Isolation stress can test those with addictions

Isolation stress can test those with addictions

Across Canada, people who face addiction and mental-health issues are coming to terms with a new reality – an uncertain future with a period of physical distancing to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Junk food orders up trouble for young brains

Junk food orders up trouble for young brains

That teenager in your kitchen feasting on fast food, candy bars and pop might not be able to help themselves – all the more reason for adults to help them before they cause long-term damage to their developing brains.

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Study gets up close with near-death experiences

Those who momentarily shuffled off this mortal coil returned with positive perceptions of what they discovered on the other side – a finding that encourages researchers to dig deeper into the ways people describe near-death experiences, according to a joint study between Western and the University of Liège (Belgium).

Read. Watch. Listen. with John Paul Minda

Read. Watch. Listen. with John Paul Minda

Fantasy. Conspiracy. Eric adventure. And that’s only to get things started when Psychology professor John Paul Minda takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.