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Test your concentration and mental self-rotation skills with this quick brainteaser

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What is mental self-rotation?

It is the cognitive skill to imagine yourself in different locations in space and to imagine yourself moving accordingly. We need that skill in everyday activities such as reading a map or finding our car in the parking lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain scans may predict depression risk better than clinical rating scales, paving the way for earlier preventive treatments

depression-children-brain-scanBrain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression (Smithsonian):

“One of the most frightening aspects of depression is the fact that, once someone suffers a depressive episode, they’re very likely to have another. And depression itself often brings other ills, from substance abuse to heart disease Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Targeted neurotechnology to augment–perhaps even take over–neuropharmacology

deep-brain-stimulationNeurotechnology offers new solutions to treating brain diseases (Dell Tech Culture):

“A new wave of medical technologies is changing the way we approach studying the brain and treating patients suffering from neurological diseases and mental illness.

For people suffering from Parkinson’s, epilepsy, OCD and severe depression, these technological advancements are Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Hearing aids, by reducing cognitive load, can improve brain function in persons with hearing loss

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UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech (press release):

“A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital brain health start-up Neurotrack raises $6.5m to market cognitive assessment and intervention

healthcareITNeurotrack raises $6.5M for cognitive assessment tool, management program (MobiHealth News):

“Palo Alto-based Neurotrack, which has developed an online cognitive assessment test, raised $6.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures with participation from Social Capital, Founders Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, and iSeed Ventures. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your multi-tasking skills and improve concentration


How often do you review and comment on a doc­u­ment while talk­ing on the phone with a colleague about an unrelated matter? Or think about your prob­lems at work while help­ing your child with his homework? Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neuroscientists pinpoint the brain and performance impact of a (perceived) judgmental audience

brain_scans_anxietyWhy your brain makes you slip up when anxious (Science Daily):

“As musicians, figure skaters and anyone who takes a driving test will know, the anxiety of being watched can have a disastrous effect on your performance…

In the new study, published in Scientific Reports, participants’ brain activity was monitored while Read the rest of this entry »

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