avatar Can Brain Training Games Be Harmful? Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
May 19, 2014

In my previous blog, I covered the controversial topic of brain training and whether it really makes us smarter. A brief addition to that blog is whether these games and techniques can actually be harmful. Here are some of my thoughts on this issue:   In general, I don’t think brain training games are likely  …Read More


avatar Give Yourself the Ideal Conditions for Learning Posted by Lynn Eccleston
Mar 24, 2013

Think back to a time when you were trying to study while feeling tired, hungry or restless. Your eyes get heavy, thoughts drift to food or sleep, and you feel itchy in your own skin. No matter how much effort you put into focusing on your work it still seems to drag on endlessly. This  …Read More


avatar Develop a Positive Mood in the Morning Posted by Lynn Eccleston
Feb 17, 2013

You’re sprinting down a shadowy corridor of the abandoned hospital. When you reach a door, you grasp the knob, twisting it without pausing as you scramble to get inside. Once safely inside the room you lean back against the cool brick interior, pausing to catch your breath. Your eyes adjust slowly and you make out  …Read More


avatar Foundations of Happiness – Video Blog Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Nov 2, 2012

It only took me a couple of years to finally getting around to this, but I’ve started a video blog here at the ApaCenter. Here’s one of my first ones on the Foundations of Happiness. I hope you enjoy it – there will be many more to come in the future!—Dr. Brooks


avatar “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr (Book Recommendation) Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jun 11, 2011

I recently enjoyed the audiobook version of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Yes, I did the audiobook version. Sometimes while I was driving. At double playback speed. Yes, I get the irony…or hypocrisy? In The Shallows, Mr. Carr chronicles the history of various ways we have dessimated information  …Read More


avatar My New Year’s Resolutions-Reflections Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 17, 2011

So, I’ve been tracking my 5 New Year’s Resolutions here. I thought I’d do a little update to describe my experiences thus far. Well, as you can see, I’m going better on some than others. In brief, out of 13 days: 1. 5 Minutes of Meditation per day – I’ve hit all 13 days. I’m  …Read More


avatar My New Year’s Resolutions Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Jan 2, 2011

Hard to believe it is 2011! I find myself saying this about every new year as it arrives. Funny thing about time – it keeps marching on whether you believe it or not. Each year, many of us make resolutions which most of us break (I put myself in this category as well). I’ve have  …Read More


avatar Helping Your Child Succeed In School II: Sleep Posted by Dr. Iektje Stephens
Sep 26, 2010

In this series of blogs I am writing about things parents can do to help their kids succeed in school. In my previous blog in this series I wrote about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Today I would like to talk about sleep. Sleep is a very important part of our life.  …Read More


avatar Later School Start Times Leads to Better Academic Achievement Posted by Dr. Katie Shepard
Jul 12, 2010

A recent article in the Scientific American reviewed research about effects of school start time on academic achievement. It probably comes as no surprise to parents of teens, that starting in adolescence, children have “delayed sleep phase” where they start sleep later and sleep later in the morning.  In addition, for optimal functioning, teenagers should  …Read More


avatar Improving Sleep Posted by Dr. Mike Brooks
Dec 1, 2009

Chronic sleep deprivation negatively affects millions of Americans. Sleep loss is detrimental to our moods, productivity, concentration, and relationships. Since improving sleep is so critical to our functioning, we should try different strategies to help us get more sleep. Consider trying some of these tips BEFORE pursuing prescription medication because medication has side effects including  …Read More