brain http://iowapublicradio.org en Decoding Dyslexia http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decoding-dyslexia <p>Thanks to new legislation, a definition of dyslexia will now be included in the Iowa Code.&nbsp; The neurological condition, which often runs in families, causes individuals difficultly with learning to read, write and spell.</p><p>The law is the result of strong advocacy from a number of groups, including the parent-lead, grassroots organization <a href="http://www.decodingdyslexia.net/">Decoding Dyslexia</a>. DD aims to bring attention to educational intervention for dyslexic students.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:51:03 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Sarah Boden 38860 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decoding Dyslexia The Teenaged Brain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/teenaged-brain <p>The drama of mood swings, impulsiveness and bizarre behaviors during adolescence<br />can take a toll on both teens and their parents. Neuropsychiatrist and bestselling author <a href="http://www.drdansiegel.com/">Dr. Daniel Siegel</a> says that there is a lot of misinformation about this developmental period.</p><p>“There are common myths that we all hear about…that are actually not only wrong, they’re misleading and in some ways they’re disempowering. &nbsp;So by learning the truths you can actually understand things as they actually are and then do something about them.”</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Katherine Perkins & Sarah Boden 36873 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Teenaged Brain Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell http://iowapublicradio.org/post/former-senate-majority-lead-george-mitchell <p><a href="http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=m000811">Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell</a> has made a career out of crafting compromise. First in the U.S. Senate, then later brokering peace in Northern Ireland, and finally tackling peace in the Middle East.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Mitchell about Syria and Iran. He’ll also share his views on what is driving the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:25:56 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 35785 at http://iowapublicradio.org Former Senate Majority Lead George Mitchell An Organ of Mystery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/organ-mystery <p>Do you ever wonder why, at a loud party, you are able to comprehend what the person next to you is saying? It’s not because they are louder… It’s due to your brain’s ability to filter and hone in on certain stimuli.</p><p>Today on River To River, we focus on the science of the brain with three prominent neuroscientists visiting Iowa. Host Ben Kieffer talks with them about their research on the sense of sound and gets their thoughts on the latest brain-science news.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 21:08:36 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 29355 at http://iowapublicradio.org An Organ of Mystery News Buzz: Gun Permits for the Blind, Astronaut at ISU, and Superstitions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-gun-permits-blind-astronaut-isu-and-superstitions <p>For this News Buzz version of 'River to River' we hear about legally blind Iowans&nbsp;and gun permits, astronaut Clayton Anderson will join the Iowa State University faculty, the Cyclone/Hawkeye game is tomorrow, and hear about superstitions on this Friday the thirteenth.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:31:03 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Emily Woodbury & Ben Stanton 29060 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Gun Permits for the Blind, Astronaut at ISU, and Superstitions Living With Brain Trauma http://iowapublicradio.org/post/living-brain-trauma <p>Recently, President Obama unveiled an expansive research initiative intended to redefine how we understand the human brain. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks brain science with Daniel Tranel, director of a unique Iowa registry that tracks patients who’ve experienced brain damage, the Iowa Neurological Patient Registry. Ben also talks with a brain trauma survivor, his wife, and the therapy manager for the non-profit, On With Life. They explore what it is like to live day-to-day after an unexpected brain injury.</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 21:02:53 +0000 Emily Woodbury & Ben Kieffer 21643 at http://iowapublicradio.org Living With Brain Trauma Iowa Blue Zones and Adele Diamond http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-blue-zones-and-adele-diamond <p>How strong is the link between physical activity and success? Ben Kieffer talks with Adele Diamond, one of the world's leading researchers on the brain's cognitive functions, as she gives her answer. Diamond talks about the real difference exercise can make in how you think, feel and interact with others.</p><p>Also, several members from Iowa’s Blue Zones project talk about the project's current endeavors.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:01:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer 11436 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Blue Zones and Adele Diamond Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich http://iowapublicradio.org/post/notable-iowa-veterans-and-michael-merzenich <p>William Schaefer, professor emeritus of photography talks about his exhibit showcasing some of Iowa’s notable veterans, which is currently on display at the Gold Star Military Museum at Camp Dodge in Iowa. Then, Captain Dan Grinstead of the Iowa Army National Guard is one of the veterans featured in the exhibit and he shares his story of his decision to enlist later in his life.</p><p>Doctor Michael Merzenich, a professor emeritus at the University of California at San Francisco, talks about the human brain how it works and how it can recover from injury.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:08:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10631 at http://iowapublicradio.org Notable Iowa Veterans and Michael Merzenich