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Busy schedules linked to better memory and cognition among middle-aged and older adults

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Being Super Busy May* Be Good For Your Brain (Smithsonian Magazine):

“There hasn’t been much scientific research on busyness itself, although it’s something that we talk about so often,” explains Sara Festini, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity, a co-author of the new research published this week Read the rest of this entry »

How to properly “Use it or Lose it”: Kundalini Yoga vs. Crossword Puzzles

yoga_wellnessYoga better than crosswords for preventing pre-Alzheimer’s memory loss (The Telegraph):

“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in ageing well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit…We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients. Read the rest of this entry »

To honor BAW 2016: 50 Must-Know Facts + Full Recordings @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

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Dear SharpBrains friend,

To honor Brain Awareness Week 2016, anyone who registers (and, of course, anyone who has registered already) to our upcoming Webinar: 50 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Technology For Better Brain Health will gain complimentary 6-month access to the full recordings from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. The 15+ hours of recordings feature talks by 30+ experts and innovators, such as: Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Disruptions in brain connectivity may explain TBI-related cognitive deficits

Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

— Drs. Dan Krawczyk and Kihwan Han review MRI scans. Credit: Center for BrainHealth, Randy Anderson

Brain connectivity disruptions may explain cognitive deficits in people with brain injury (UT-Dallas release):

“Cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. Researchers at Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Higher body mass index (BMI) linked to episodic memory deficits in young adults

brain_measuretapeObesity May Worsen Episodic Memory, Make It Harder To Keep Track Of Certain Events (Medical Daily):

“High body mass index (BMI) has been associated with certain health risks, which may now include cognitive impairment, according to preliminary research published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. The study Read the rest of this entry »

Why it’s not always a good idea to outsource our brains to technology (or to others)

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Ignore the GPS. That Ocean Is Not a Road (The New York Times):

“…In perhaps the most infamous incident, a woman in Belgium asked GPS to take her to a destination less than two hours away. Two days later, she turned up in Croatia Read the rest of this entry »

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

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