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Mental rotation exercise to challenge your brain’s parietal lobe over the holidays

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Mental rotation refers to moving things around in your mind. It is one of the main visuospatial skills we all have…in different degrees, yes.

Here’s an exam­ple. Please pic­ture in your mind an arrow point­ing to the right. Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just per­formed a men­tal rota­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Why financial analysts should grab a paint brush and a canvas (and artists do more math)

Which Brain Exercises Improve Memory Best? (Reader’s Digest):

“The exercises you do to keep your mind sharp may not be enough to improve memory over time, but new research from the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness reveals better ways to boost your brain health…If you can breeze through the Sunday puzzle, you are not doing your mind any favors. That’s because the key to a vibrant, healthy brain includes challenge and novelty…keep your brain fit with new activities that test various skills; a financial analyst may want to grab a paint brush and a canvas, for example. Even playing different types of puzzles–a crossword today, Sudoku tomorrow–is better than doing the same type over and over again.”

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127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

Open-Letter

Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release):

“A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Directly addressing (not just accommodating) learning disabilities

brain_constructionNew take on learning disabilities: change the brain (Komo News):

“A new school in Redmond might change the way we think about learning disabilities. Instead of teaching kids how to accommodate a difficulty, the school hopes to actually change the brains of students, eliminating the disability altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training works: Study finds 10-year benefit from 10-hour training

Brain TrainingBrain training helped older adults stay sharp for years -study (Reuters):

  • “A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 years after the course ended, according to results from the largest study ever done on cognitive training.  Read the rest of this entry »

Learning with Video Games: A Revolution in Education and Training?

In recent years, we have witnessed the beginnings of a revolution in education.  Technology has fundamentally altered the way we do many things in daily life, but it is just starting to make headway in changing the way we teach.  Just as television shows like Sesame Street enhanced the passive learning of information for kids by teaching in a fun format, electronic games offer to greatly enhance the way kids and adults are taught by actively engaging them in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teasers: A Good Laugh

Laughing feels good. Laughing is indeed good in most cases. A good belly laugh amounts to an aerobic exercise as your blood pressure and heart rate increase, your breathing changes and your diaphragm contracts. Laughing has also been shown to boost the immune system and reduce stress.

Laughing is thus good for your brain! Here are two fun ways to take a further look at laughter and the brain :

  • Listen to these laughs and decide whether it is a human or a computer laughing.
  • Try this to find out how much you are stressed. You may be surprised…

Enjoy!

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