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Upcoming: Grand Rounds Blog Carnival and Brain Fitness Q&A

Just a quick note to announce that next Tues­day, Novem­ber 15th, will be host­ing two great resources:

1– Grand Rounds Blog Car­ni­val: the weekly col­lec­tion of what’s best in the health and med­ical blo­gos­phere (see great lat­est edi­tion Here). If you want to con­tribute your own blog post, please do so via this Con­tact Us form.
2– Live Q&A Ses­sion with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, coau­thor of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (recently selected as one of the Best Books on Brain Fit­ness by AARP). Ses­sion will take place at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm East­ern Time, and will be mod­er­ated by Harry Moody, Direc­tor of Aca­d­e­mic Affairs at AARP. To learn more click Here.

Please make sure to visit us Tuesday!

    Debunking 10 Cognitive Health and Fitness Myths

    As part of the research behind the book The Sharp­Brains Guide for Brain Fit­ness we inter­viewed dozens of lead­ing cog­ni­tive health and fit­ness sci­en­tists and experts world­wide to learn about their research and thoughts, and have a num­ber of take-aways to report.

    What Santiago Ramon y Cajal can we clearly say today that we couldn’t have said only 10 years ago? That what neu­ro­science pio­neer San­ti­ago Ramon y Cajal claimed in the XX cen­tury, “Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculp­tor his own brain”, may well become real­ity in the XXI.

    And trans­form Edu­ca­tion, Health, Train­ing, and Gam­ing in the process, since Read the rest of this entry »

    Encephalon brain & mind blog carnival

    New edi­tion of Encephalon, the selec­tion of recent blog posts on brain & mind top­ics, this time hosted by Mike at Ion­ian Enchant­ment. Enjoy Encephalon’s #75 edi­tion!

    Encephalon brain & mind blog carnival

    A new edi­tion is out, this time hosted by David at Neu­ronar­ra­tive. Visit Encephalon #74 edi­tion if you have an appetite for great brain & mind blog­ging, and some time to relax and enjoy!

    Encephalon #61: Brain & Mind Reading for the Holidays

    Wel­come to the 61st edi­tion Encephalon brain blog carnivalof Encephalon, the blog car­ni­val that offers some of the best neu­ro­science and psy­chol­ogy blog posts every other week.

    We do have an excel­lent set of arti­cles today. cov­er­ing much ground. Enjoy the reading:

    Neu­ro­science and Society

    by Greg Downey
    The Flynn Effect: Trou­bles with Intel­li­gence
    Aver­age IQ test scores had risen about 3 points per decade and in some cases more. Tests of vocab­u­lary, arith­metic, or gen­eral knowl­edge (such as the sorts of facts one learns in school) have showed lit­tle increase, but scores have increased markedly on tests thought to mea­sure gen­eral intelligence.
    by Vaughan Bell
    Med­ical jar­gon alters our under­stand­ing of dis­ease
    Under­stand­ing how pop­u­lar ideas influ­ence our per­sonal med­ical beliefs is an essen­tial part of under­stand­ing med­i­cine itself.
    Cog­ni­tive Daily,
    by Dave Munger
    Is it sex­ist to think men are angrier than women?
    Are we more likely to per­ceive a male face as angry and a female face as happy? A recent study sheds light on the issue.
    Neu­r­o­critic Crime, Pun­ish­ment, and Jerry Springer
    Judges and jurors must put aside their emotionally-driven desire for revenge when com­ing to an impar­tial ver­dict. Does neu­roimag­ing (fMRI) add any­thing to our under­stand­ing of justice?

    Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and Neu­rocog­ni­tive Health Read the rest of this entry »

    Encephalon, MetaCarnival

    Mike hosts a great new edi­tion of Encephalon neu­ro­science & psy­chol­ogy blog car­ni­val, avail­able here: #59 edi­tion.

    Fyi, Kim at Change of Shift will pub­lish the next edi­tion of MetaCar­ni­val next Mon­day, Decem­ber 1st.

    MetaCarnival #1: a conversation across the blogosphere

    Wel­come to the first edi­tion of MetaCar­ni­val: a Car­ni­val of Car­ni­vals (announced here), the new, sycamore treemonthly, and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary gath­er­ing of blogs and blog carnivals.

    Let’s pic­ture all par­tic­i­pants in the shadow of an expan­sive sycamore tree, con­duct­ing a lively Q&A lunch discussion.

    Gen­eral Advice

    Q: What would you rec­om­mend to live as long as pos­si­ble, and as healthy as pos­si­ble?
    - Hour­glass (biol­ogy of aging): Try Not To Stab Your­self Repeat­edly. Or smoke. Or eat that much fast food…you get the idea.  “The vast major­ity of peo­ple are quite com­fort­able engag­ing in habits that cause great harm to the old per­son they will one day be, cut­ting off years or even decades of health.”

    Q: Can blog­ging help, too?
    - I and the Bird (birds): Indeed. Just read about these life-changing moments in the Kenyan high­lands, brought together spon­ta­neously as a col­lab­o­ra­tion between researchers, con­ser­va­tion­ists, blog­gers. And, yes, birds.

    Sports (Well… Brain and Sports)

    Q: Tell me some­thing inter­est­ing about ath­letes and “The Zone”.
    - Encephalon (neu­ro­science and psy­chol­ogy): why don’t we review this recent study on the Momen­tum Chain in Sports. You can con­duct your own mini exper­i­ment while watch­ing TV: watch the reac­tions of the play­ers and the teams right after “pre­cip­i­tat­ing events” to see if they actu­ally lead to game-changing moments.


    Q: Should patients be patient?.
    - SurgeX­pe­ri­ences (sur­gi­cal expe­ri­ences): Patience in indeed a virtue, espe­cially Read the rest of this entry »

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