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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Test your cognitive skills with visual brain teasers

rotatednumbersVisu­ospa­tial skills are used every­day in many ways, rang­ing from going from one room to another in your house to solv­ing a jig­saw puz­zle and nav­i­gat­ing in a new city.

Let’s take an exam­ple. Can you pic­ture in your head an arrow point­ing to the right? Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers for teens and adults to test and train cognitive skills

BrainFiringMind games that can sharpen the brain (Miami Herald):

A great resource for find­ing “mind games,” or what’s pop­u­larly know as “brain train­ing,” is the web­site of Sharp­Brains, a com­pany that tracks health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. Its founder and CEO, Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, writes in his blog that, “Any­thing we do involv­ing nov­elty, vari­ety and chal­lenge stim­u­lates the brain and can con­tribute to build­ing capac­ity and brain reserve.”

Fer­nan­dez advises choos­ing a game “that exer­cises a core brain-based capac­ity … that is rel­e­vant to real-life out­comes.” For exam­ple, in his list of the “ Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games” that his read­ers have enjoyed the most Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training and brain teasers are part of Novelty, Variety, Challenge

brainsBrain fit­ness can include play­ing train­ing games on com­put­ers (Los Ange­les Times):

…Today, the term “fit­ness” is as likely to encom­pass the body as it is the mind…Fernandez says that the key com­po­nents of any brain-training pro­gram are nov­elty, vari­ety and chal­lenge — fac­tors that Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teasers and Games, for Kids and Adults

In case you missed them, here you have a few recent brain teasers and games. t is always good to stim­u­late our minds and to learn a bit about how our brains work.

You can find many more brain teasers and games, for kids and adults, by vis­it­ing the Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games that our read­ers have enjoyed the most. Enjoy!

Update: How Stress and Emotions Impact Brain Performance

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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 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!

Brain Games and Optical Illusions @ National Geographic

optical illusion gamesSev­eral Sharp­Brains friends rec­om­mend the recent 3-part National Geo­graphic TV mini-series Brain Games focused on Per­cep­tion, Atten­tion and Mem­ory. You can learn about the series and exper­i­ment a good num­ber of visual illu­sions Here.

You may also enjoy this arti­cle on Visual Illu­sions in Art and Sci­ence, and these clas­sic illu­sions from our own brain teaser library:
- The Muller-Lyer Illu­sion.
– Don’t try this with your part­ner, or you may fight.
– How many col­ors do you see in The Her­mann Grid?
– This is less obvi­ous than it may appear.
– Is this a cir­cle or what?
– Are these 2 rows par­al­lel?
– What do you see?


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