Oct 28, 2011
By: Alvaro Fernandez
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Time for the October edition of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter, featuring this time several articles on the impact of stress, emotions, and self-regulation, on our brain’s structure and performance.
We are pleased to bring to SharpBrains readers a new 6-part series on the Neurobiology of Stress, based on a recent book by SharpBrains contributor Dr. Jerome Schultz. The first two parts are already available: Part 1 — The Human Brain and How It Responds to Stress and Part 2 — Gray Matters.
Brain Study Links Emotional Self-Regulation and Math Performance: A new study strongly suggests the need to “help students reappraise the situation and control emotions before they even get into a task”. While the study focused on math anxiety and performance, the implications are relevant outside the classroom too.
Reminder: Brain Fitness Q&A Sessions in November: As we announced a few weeks ago, we are honored to present an upcoming Brain Fitness Q&A Series. The first session, featuring Dr. Gary Small, will take place November 1st, 2011, 2-3pm US Eeastern Time. Please mark your calendar and join us at sharpbrains.com then! (no need to do anything prior to the session).
Music Training Can Enhance Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function: Very interesting new study published in Psychological Science on the value of music training (vs. simply listening to music).
Gaming and Neuroscience: Opportunities and Challenges: A summary of impressions by researcher Aki Nikolaidis based on his participation in the recent conference Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Conference (ESCoNS) at the University of California San Francisco.
Families’ Perspectives on ADHD and its Treatment: Dr. David Rabiner presents new data on families’ experience with ADHD and its treatment.
Brain Games and Optical Illusions @ National Geographic: Several SharpBrains friends recommend this recent 3-part National Geographic TV mini-series.
Math Brain Teaser for Kids and Adults: Archimedes Grave: A fun puzzle to exercise our brains a bit, submitted by new contributor Maria Lando. Enjoy!