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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News

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Brain teasers and tips to stay sharp in between jobs (and when you have one too)

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7 WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE IN BETWEEN JOBS (Fast Company):

Sure, you didn’t plan on being on per­ma­nent vaca­tion, a.k.a. unem­ployed, but here you are. And believe it or not, this can be a bless­ing in disguise…

3. VOLUNTEER AT AN UPCOMING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE.
Research any asso­ci­a­tions in your indus­try that might have an upcom­ing lun­cheon, con­fer­ence, or net­work­ing event. Reach out to the coor­di­na­tors to see if you could use your exper­tise at their next event…

5. STAY SHARP.
Exer­cise your mind with Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your attention and memory: Can you identify Apple’s logo?

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We don’t notice much of what we see: 85 col­lege stu­dents tried to draw the Apple logo from mem­ory; 84 failed (Sci­ence Daily):

Could you draw the ubiq­ui­tous Apple com­puter logo from memory?…Out of 85 UCLA under­grad­u­ate stu­dents, only one cor­rectly repro­duced the Apple logo when asked to draw it on a blank sheet of paper. Fewer than half the stu­dents cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the actual logo when Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and biases

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If you’re look­ing for some stim­u­lat­ing, quick men­tal exer­cise, try these Brain Teasers To Test Your Cog­ni­tive Skills…And Your Cog­ni­tive Biases over at The Cre­ativ­ity Post.

Once you’re done, you may want to enjoy with these visual brain teasers, and also visit our brain twisters and brain games sec­tion, with plenty of fun (and free) mind games for teens, adults and seniors. Have a nice weekend!

January Update: The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Jan­u­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science research reports, a land­mark action by the Fed­eral Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy!

New research:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, when you have a few min­utes you may want to try these quick brain teasers to test your cog­ni­tive skills…and your cog­ni­tive biases.

Have a great month of February!

Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive biases

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Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your attentional focus and multi-tasking abilities


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 »

Brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation cognitive abilities

Men­tal self-rotation is the cog­ni­tive abil­ity to imag­ine your­self in dif­fer­ent loca­tions in space, and to imag­ine your body mov­ing in space. We need it for every­day activ­i­ties such as find­ing a place or read­ing a map. The abil­ity involved is tech­ni­cally called ego­cen­tric spa­tial trans­for­ma­tions (yes, that is the sci­en­tific expres­sion) or men­tal self rota­tion, and the brain areas pri­mar­ily involved are the pari­etal lobes.

Here’s an example.

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