Welcome to the Blog by Daphna Roth, Ph.D.!

From time to time I’ll be posting links to interesting neuropsychological news items.

(available on this page and on Facebook under Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations)


Winter Blues?

February 25, 2016

Do people become more depressed in the winter?  Read about the latest research and surprising results.


Which Sport Causes Worse Head Injuries: Soccer or Football?

January 31, 2016

The answer might surprise you.  Read more here.

Preventing Dementia

December 23, 2015

While there are no guarantees, keeping active, mentally as well as physically, seems to slow cognitive decline.  Read more about the benefits experienced by adults returning to school.

Alzheimer’s, Attention Deficit Disorder, or Normal Aging?

November 23, 2015

Disorganized? Forgetful? You might have Attention Deficit Disorder (it is found in adults as well as kids).




Hearing Loss and Dementia

January 28, 2013

Although not all people with hearing loss suffer dementia, people with hearing loss seem to have a higher incidence of dementia.


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When you lose your memory, do you lose your personality and become someone else?

January 2, 2013

When you lose your memory, do you lose your personality and become someone else?  It all depends on the cause (and the localization of the brain damage).  read more


Mind Control

December 18, 2012

Exciting new developments in prosthetics.  Hopefully this is the first step in establishing a functional workaround for paralysis. read more


Parlez-vous francais?

October 10, 2012

Learning a new language increases not only your ability to communicate but the size of your brain.  It may also delay onset of dementia’s such as Alzheimer’s disease.  read more


Medical Food Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

July 25, 2012

In the future, will medicine be food (or vice versa)?  One step toward this is a new treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease that is showing promise.  read more

What Your Walk Says About You

July 17, 2012

Although it is hard to objectively examine your own gait, it is possible to informally monitor that of people you care about.  As a clinician, during an evaluation I always make sure to observe how people walk from my waiting room into my office. read more


Do We Only Use 10% of Our Brains?

July 3, 2012

If true it would mean great room for improvement (and that brain damage wouldn’t be too serious). However, this common myth has been busted. See the link for more info.  read more


Best Tips for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

June 13, 2012

Although presented as tips for people with ADHD, this advice is useful for everyone.  read more
The Possibility of A Cure?

May 24, 2012

Testing for a new Alzheimer’s drug provides hope for a more efficacious treatment. Awaiting the results eagerly.

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Lead Poisoning and Children

May 17, 2012

The CDC has lowered the threshold for lead poisoning. Lead poisoning has been associated with both lower academic performance and cognitive decline in children. Although a good start, even 5mcg/dL is likely too much.
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Dementia Affects Caregivers Too

May 7, 2012

A touching article about the effects of frontotemporal lobe dementia on caregivers.  read more

Optimism and Heart Disease

April 26, 2012

More evidence on the relationship between psychological state and physical state. As usual, correlation is not causation – meaning that it’s not clear what is the cause and what is the effect.
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Dementia Does Not Discriminate By Age
March 26, 2012

Alzheimer’s Disease (as well as other dementias) may strike more than just the oldest old.  read more


Mind Over Matter

March 13, 2012

The link between mind and body is fascinating. Physical states affect our mental well-being, and mental states effect our physical well-being. It isn’t that psychosomatic illness isn’t real – it is real illness – it is just that it isn’t caused by neurological/infectious processes.  See the recent NY Times article about girls in Le Roy, NY at:

New York Times, March 11, 2013

and an interesting followup discussion here.

Changes in the Brains of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

January 9, 2012

New research finds observable changes in brains of those later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease up to 10 years before diagnosis. However, due to the limit accuracy of diagnostic imaging, neuropsychological evaluations are still recommended at this time. For more information, read the article here.