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Quick brain teasers to train your attention and working memory

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Here you have a few fun mental exercises to train your attention and working memory (the capacity to hold multiple pieces of information in the mind, and to use them real-time). Given them a try today and over the weekend…they are not as easy as they may sound!

  1. Say the days of the week backwards, then in alphabetical order. If you speak another language, try doing the same in that language.
  2. Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Then, for extra cognitive challenge, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order.
  3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more quick brain teasers? Do the same with friends’ and relatives’ date of birth.
  4. Quick, name two objects for every letter in your complete name. Work up to five objects, trying to use different items each time.
  5. Wherever you are, look around and within two minutes, try to find 5 green things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 red objects that are too big to fit.

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Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cognition be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Washington Post):

“Google was a pioneer in the field of big data and science a few years ago when it began to publish flu trends based on what people were searching for online. Some of its researchers are now working on a way to pinpoint adverse events with medications based on search data…Much of the initial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

New Summit Partner: The UCSF Gaz­za­ley Lab

gazzaley labWe’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from another leading organization. The UCSF Gaz­za­ley Lab is a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science research lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco focused on study­ing the neural mech­a­nisms of mem­ory and atten­tion, Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (and free chapter)

amazon_kindleAs a book co-author it is always a pleasure, and a surprise, to see what readers find most interesting and noteworthy. A feature in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader allows readers to highlight and share their favorite sentences .

These are the 5 Most Highlighted Quotes in The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (so far):

  1. “Emotion is the system that tells us how important something is. Attention focuses us on the important and away from the unimportant things. Cognition tells us what to do about it. Cognitive skills are whatever it takes to do those things.” (25 Highlighters) Read the rest of this entry »

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