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The link between childhood obsessions and brain development

Whether it’s watching Peter Pan every day after school or rattling off the scientific names and traits of countless dinosaurs, it’s common for children to form extreme attachments to subjects, narratives or objects at a young age.

But it turns out these “intense interests,” as scientists call them, can also help kids develop stronger attention spans and information processing skills as they increase their knowledge.

What is your kid currently fascinated by? What were you obsessed with during your childhood? And did it end up leading you toward a passion or career later in life, or did you move on to other interests?


Elizabeth Chatel, a marriage and family therapist in Norwalk, Conn.; she tweets @ElizabethChatel

Read more at: https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2017/12/13/60663/the-link-between-childhood-obsessions-and-brain-de/

Your True Crime Obsession May Be Affecting Your Brain More Than You Realize

Ed Kemper got to me. Well, technically, Cameron Britton’s creepy portrayal of Ed Kemper in Mindhunter got to me, but when I fell into my go-to true crime rabbit hole and looked up the real-life serial killer featured in the Netflix series, it might as well have been the same guy. After bingeing Mindhunter over two days, I couldn’t stop thinking about the man who viciously murdered and mutilated 10 people, including his own mother, in the 1960s and ’70s. I had trouble sleeping.

Of course, when I step back and think about it, I wonder how any of us are sleeping soundly considering the treasure trove of true crime entertainment we all seem to be devouring. There’s Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, My Friend Dahmer, American Crime Story, and the upcoming The Devil in

Read more at: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/True-Crime-Shows-Bad-You-44311241

13 New Nonfiction Books By Women That Will Nourish Your Brain All Summer Long

School may be out for summer, but you should never be done learning, even on your much-needed breaks from academia. That’s why this year, to avoid the inevitable summer learning loss, you should keep your mind engaged with these new nonfiction books by women. Covering everything from history and politics to health and science, they will guarantee you continue to challenge your mind and expand your knowledge all season long.

So far, 2017 has been a banner year for nonfiction books: there was a brilliant and relatable essay collection from one of the boldest millennial voices, a provocative and thought-provoking examination of women’s ongoing pursuit for happiness, and even a poignant and breathtaking look into what it feels like to have anxiety. But beyond memoirs, personal essays, and cultural critiques, there have been even more thought-provoking titles about fascinating academic topics

Read more at: https://www.bustle.com/p/13-new-nonfiction-books-by-women-that-will-nourish-your-brain-all-summer-long-63898

Did Brain Injury Contribute to Aaron Hernandez’s Woes? Researchers Will Study His Brain for Possible CTE

The brain of Aaron Hernandez will be donated to an academic center that studies traumatic brain injuries and their link to football, PEOPLE confirms.

Earlier this week, authorities performed an autopsy on the former NFL star who committed suicide in prison on Tuesday. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Massachusetts, Hernandez’s body was released on Wednesday, but his brain was withheld until investigators could determine how the 27-year-old died.

“Now that the cause and manner of death have been determined, the brain will be released to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center as Mr. Hernandez’s family wishes,” the Medical Examiner said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “The center studies a progressive degenerative brain disease found in some athletes who have experienced repetitive brain trauma.”

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/aaron-hernandez-brain-cte-research-boston-university/