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Study: Hearing aids, by reducing cognitive load, can improve brain function in persons with hearing loss

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UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech (press release):

“A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Emerging apps: Train the brain to train the eye

vision iris scan New vision app keeps baseball players’ eye on the ball (CBS News):

“Andriese and Chavez were among the 19 members of the baseball team at the University of California Riverside taking part in an experiment. The goal: training their brain to see better. The players spent Read the rest of this entry »

Why do steroid-taking athletes pay attention to their physical exercise regimens?

brainTo Boost Brain Health and Performance, Harness Neuroplasticity The Right Way (Creativity Post):

“…However, despite large investments, evidence that “smart” drugs or brain supplements actually work is scarce at the present. The Read the rest of this entry »

To boost brainpower, ignore “smart drugs” and focus on experiences that harness neuroplasticity the right way

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Traditional scientific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed and essentially limited system that only degrades with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after childhood. By contrast, we have now come to appreciate that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system, capable of Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Chapman Q&A Transcript: Best Brain Health Fitness Tip? “Never let status quo be an option”

Here’s the lightly edited transcript of the January 4th online Q&A session with Dr. Sandra Chapman, Director of the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas and author of the new book Make Your Brain Smarter (Free Press; January 2013). Enjoy!

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AlvaroF: You can start writing questions so we have a few to choose from as we start in a couple of minutes. Thank you!

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AlvaroF: Just one second and we’ll be ready. Already getting great questions!

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AlvaroF: Let me first thank Dr. Sandra Chapman for being with us today. She was one of the best speakers at our 2012 Summit, and since then we wanted to share her research and thinking with all SharpBrains readers. Read the rest of this entry »

Why our brains weigh 1.3 kilograms, have ~100 billion neurons, consume 20% of the oxygen we breathe

Teamwork Builds Big Brains (Science Now):
– “The average adult human’s brain weighs about 1.3 kilograms, has 100 billion or so neurons, and sucks up 20% of the oxygen we breathe. It’s much bigger than an animal our size needs. According to a new computer model, the brains of humans and related primates are so large because we evolved to be social creatures.”
– “The idea behind the so-called social intelligence hypothesis is that we need Read the rest of this entry »

Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”

Kudos to Patricia Cohen for one of the best articles I have read in The New York Times in a long time: A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond, by Patricia Cohen. These are a few quotes – please do read the article in full, it is worth it.

  • “Some people are much better than their peers at delaying age-related declines in memory and calculating speed. What researchers want to know is why. Why does your 70-year-old neighbor score half her age on a memory test, while you, at 40, have the memory of a senior citizen? Read the rest of this entry »

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