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November 4th in Vancouver: The Future of Brain Fitness – How Digital Platforms Sharpen Your Brain


Quick heads-up: Our Founder and Editor-in-Chief Alvaro Fernandez will give an additional talk while in Vancouver, Canada, on November 4th (on top of How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age, on the 3rd).

Title: The Future of Brain Fitness – How Digital Platforms Sharpen Your Brain Read the rest of this entry »

To boost productivity and cognition in the Knowledge Age, prioritize Deep work, avoid the Shallows, and Self-Quantify


In 2009, Winifred Gallagher published his excellent Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, persuasively arguing that productivity, enjoyment and human development require extended periods of focusing.

The next year, Nicholas Carr published his fascinating The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in which he argued that the Internet is ‘rewiring’ our brains. While his claim was exaggerated, information technology and the Internet certainly provide challenges to Read the rest of this entry »

Review finds mixed results on the effectiveness and safety of brain and memory supplements

Omega 3 supplementsNatural Supplements and Vitamins for Treatment and Prevention of Dementia and Cognitive Decline (Psychiatric Times):

“Dementia, also referred to as major neurocognitive disorder (including Alzheimer disease [AD]), is a growing problem because of increased lifespan. There is no known cure. Several drugs are Read the rest of this entry »

ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk


–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 »

Study: To improve brain health you need BOTH aerobic and cognitive exercise

— 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 »

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