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Cognitive development across the lifespan (young minds’ edition)


Cog­ni­tive devel­op­ment (great arti­cle at Fron­tiers for Young Minds; a new pub­li­ca­tion “edited for kids, by kids”):

…The dis­tinc­tion between fluid and crys­tal­lized intel­li­gence is impor­tant because the two are influ­enced by dif­fer­ent fac­tors. While the for­mer is more bio­log­i­cally deter­mined and genet­i­cally pre­dis­posed, the lat­ter is shaped more by expe­ri­ence. This is a lit­tle bit sim­i­lar to what we know of sports 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 »

Update: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)


Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence reports, upcom­ing events, and fun brain teasers.

First of all, let us high­light what may well become the research find­ing of the year. As you can read in Men­tal stim­u­la­tion over genet­ics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Dis­ease 8+ Years, “For APOE4 car­ri­ers with high life­time intel­lec­tual enrich­ment, the onset of cog­ni­tive impair­ment was approx­i­mately 8.7 years later com­pared with low life­time intel­lec­tual enrichment.”

Shouldn’t accu­mu­lat­ing find­ings like this inform human cap­i­tal and health poli­cies across the whole lifes­pan, and also how all of us lead our lives, har­ness­ing neu­ro­plas­tic­ity the right way to max­i­mize men­tal per­for­mance at any age and to delay decline and disease?

New think­ing

New research

New tech­nolo­gies

Upcom­ing events

Brain teasers

That’s all for today. Have a great summer!

Brain teaser to exercise your cognitive skills: Where do words go?

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeWords are stored in the tem­po­ral lobe of your brain (in green on the cere­bral cor­tex image  to the left). But on which brain hemi­sphere, right or left? As you know, your brain has two sides (two hemi­spheres) con­nected by the cor­pus cal­lo­sum. You have one tem­po­ral lobe on each side of the brain.

If you are right-handed, Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Top 10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn’t Know About

brain_centerWalk­ing, eat­ing, dis­cussing a book…all of these things seem very nat­ural and easy, but in truth, each and every one is done through a series of func­tions that the brain per­forms. In order to really under­stand the abil­i­ties of the brain, as well as the lim­i­ta­tions, you can cer­tainly try these brain teasers…but it is also impor­tant to look at some of the things you prob­a­bly didn’t know about.

Here you can read about 10 impor­tant brain func­tions Read the rest of this entry »

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