–An example of a speed-of-processing task. Courtesy of Posit Science
Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News):
“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. Read the rest of this entry »
— Neural networks. Photo credit: Radu Jianu, Brown University
Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits (Science Daily):
“Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas Read the rest of this entry »
For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games (The New York Times):
“…Legions of baby boomers already use computers or apps to stimulate the brain, but they should be thought of as part of a larger engagement with the world…Finding new ways to challenge yourself every day, Mr. Rebok said, is a good idea. This can include lots of ordinary activities like doing mental calculations rather than reaching for a calculator, or taking a new driving route or eating with the opposite hand…
Mr. Fernandez of SharpBrains said he would like to see a more systematic way to measure cognition, such as annual mental health checkups. “If we had better assessments, we could empower consumers,” he said. “That’s the next frontier.”
To learn more:
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
First of all, what is cognition? Cognition has to do with how we understand the world and act in it. Cognitive skills are the brain-based functions that we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. For example, answering the telephone involves perception (hearing the ring tone), decision taking (answering or not), motor skill (lifting the receiver), language skills (talking and understanding language), social skills (interpreting tone of voice and interacting properly with another human being).
Here are three fun brain teasers to help you challenge your cognitive skills over the weekend, coming from our collection of brain teasers & games for adults of all ages. Enjoy!
Had a good night’s sleep?
We hope you did, so you can fully enjoy all the fascinating articles and brain teasers in the new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter…including excellent advice on how to combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques, and a book giveaway.
Books and other educational resources:
Finally, some fun Brain teasers:
Have a great month of June!
The SharpBrains Team
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 »
Yoga 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 »