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Update: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science and psy­chol­ogy research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy!

New think­ing:

New research:

New solu­tions:

 

Finally, you may want to try these quick brain teasers to exer­cise your atten­tion and work­ing mem­ory.

Enjoy a happy Thanks­giv­ing and a great month of December!

- The Sharp­Brains Team

Study: Shift work chronically impairs cognition


Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Func­tion (Forbes):

Accord­ing to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cog­ni­tive skills such as think­ing, rea­son­ing and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pat­tern — and seen to be much greater for those work­ing a rotat­ing shift pat­tern Read the rest of this entry »

Next in mental health, substance abuse: Preventive interventions to strengthen working memory

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Strong work­ing mem­ory puts brakes on prob­lem­atic drug use (Med­ical Xpress):

Ado­les­cents with strong work­ing mem­ory are bet­ter equipped to escape early drug exper­i­men­ta­tion with­out pro­gress­ing into sub­stance abuse issues…Most impor­tant in the pic­ture is exec­u­tive atten­tion, a com­po­nent of work­ing mem­ory that involves a person’s abil­ity to Read the rest of this entry »

To reduce ADHD epidemic, promote (concussion-free) sports and physical activity programs?

brainimaging_cognitivetasksExer­cise Is ADHD Med­ica­tion (The Atlantic): “This morn­ing the med­ical jour­nal Pedi­atrics pub­lished research that found kids who took part in a reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity pro­gram showed impor­tant enhance­ment of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and brain func­tion. The findings…“demonstrate a causal effect of a phys­i­cal pro­gram on exec­u­tive con­trol, and pro­vide sup­port for phys­i­cal activ­ity for improv­ing child­hood cog­ni­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds n-back cognitive training can increase fluid intelligence (especially outside the USA)

workingmemoryImprov­ing fluid intel­li­gence with train­ing on work­ing mem­ory: a meta-analysis (Psy­cho­nomic Bul­letin & Review):

…due to the broad inter­est in cog­ni­tive train­ing, lab­o­ra­to­ries around the world are inves­ti­gat­ing the effects of train­ing and trans­fer. In fact, the first study of n-back train­ing on Gf (fluid intel­li­gence) was con­ducted in Switzerland…and from our own expe­ri­ences con­duct­ing research both inter­na­tion­ally and in the U.S., we have anec­do­tally observed Read the rest of this entry »

European neuroscientists challenge the Human Brain Project as is

pyramidalcellsNeu­ro­sci­en­tists attack ‘off-course’ human brain project (BBC News):

Senior neu­ro­sci­en­tists have attacked the Human Brain Project, a billion-pound Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ini­tia­tive aim­ing to sim­u­late the human brain. An open let­ter to the EC from over 200 sci­en­tists says the project is “not on course”, Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

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