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Final 2 days to enter Goodreads giveaway and have the chance to win a copy of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age

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Quick reminder: You can enter this goodreads giveaway by Sunday, May 29th, and have a chance to receive a free print copy of the book Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To improve sleep, combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques

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Had a good night’s sleep?

We hope you did, so you can fully enjoy all the fascinating articles and brain teasers in the new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter…including excellent advice on how to combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques, and a book giveaway.

Happy reading!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

Books and other educational resources:

Finally, some fun Brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of June!

The SharpBrains Team

Status quo is not enough: Common tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment lack both sensitivity and specificity

misdiagnosisCurrent screening methods miss worrisome number of persons with mild cognitive impairment (ScienceDaily):

“Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, such as remembering names or a list of items. While changes may not be severe enough to disrupt daily life, a clinical diagnosis Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training franchisor LearningRx settles FTC complaint about its marketing claims

BrainTraining_learningRxLearningRx To Pay $200K For Allegedly Unproven Claims That Brain Training Can Improve Income, Treat Autism & ADHD (Consumerist):

“The company behind the LearningRX “brain training” program has agreed to pay a $200,000 settlement and to stop making claims that its system is clinically proven to treat serious health conditions, or that it can Read the rest of this entry »

Goodreads giveaway: 20 copies of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, named a Best Book by AARP

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Heads-up: From today until Sunday you can enter this goodreads giveaway and receive a free print copy of the book Read the rest of this entry »

Hard brain teaser to challenge your pattern recognition

Here’s a quick but hard brain teaser to challenge your ability to find a pattern. In the table below, each row across follows the same pattern. See if you can discern the pattern and fill in the missing number in the bottom row.

For added challenge, time how long it takes you to complete the puzzle. Then, pass it along to someone else and see who can solve it faster…

7 4 8
3 9 7
6 5 10
? 8 4

Have you solved it yet? If not, here’s a hint:

If you read your figures like words in the West,
then multiply your efforts and subtract the rest.

WARNING:  Answer and solution follows. Try to solve the puzzle before you read further. Read the rest of this entry »

Six events to raise awareness and funds for women’s brain health on May 21st

Move-For-MindsMaria Shriver and Ann Romney are hosting women’s brain health event on May 21 (The Boston Globe):

“Nearly two-thirds of those with Alzheimer’s disease are women. It’s a scary fact, and that’s why Maria Shriver has teamed up with Equinox Sports Club to host “Move for Minds,” an event that aims to raise awareness and money to support research on the disease and women’s brain health. It will take place Read the rest of this entry »

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