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How leading marketing pros train their brains, stay ahead of the curve

brain_circuitsThe Brainy Insight for B2B (Rene­gade Media):

We all know Chief Mar­ket­ing Offi­cers (CMOs) are extra­or­di­nar­ily busy peo­ple. They’re jug­gling strate­gic, tac­ti­cal, man­age­r­ial, ven­dor and cus­tomer chal­lenges, all while try­ing to stay ahead of the curve. This is where Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Questioning the cognitive benefits of music classes

BabyMusicThe ‘Mozart effect’ of hav­ing kids study music? It’s only a myth, researchers find (Wash­ing­ton Post):

  • Chil­dren get plenty of ben­e­fits from music lessons: Learn­ing to play an instru­ment can be a great out­let for a child’s cre­ativ­ity, and the repeated prac­tice can teach much-needed focus and dis­ci­pline. What’s more, the pay­off, whether it’s learn­ing a new song or just mas­ter­ing a new chord, is often a boost of self-esteem. But Har­vard researchers now say that one oft-cited ben­e­fit — that study­ing music improves intel­li­gence — is a myth… Read the rest of this entry »

Top 15 Articles on Neuroplasticity, Cognition and Brain Health

Unlocking the BrainLet us intro­duce you to the Top 15 arti­cles on Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, Cog­ni­tion and Brain Health that Sharp­Brains read­ers have enjoyed the most since 2007. It is always good to learn about our brains and minds and how to keep them sharp!

  1. Debunk­ing 10 com­mon brain fit­ness myths
  2. Six tips to build resilience and pre­vent brain-damaging stress
  3. Brain plas­tic­ity: How learn­ing changes your brain
  4. Why do you turn down the radio when you’re lost?
  5. The Ten Habits of Highly Effec­tive Brains
  6. Why agile minds deploy both ratio­nal and intu­itive problem-solving
  7. Retool­ing brain care with low-cost, data-driven technologies
  8. Eight Tips to remem­ber what you read
  9. Mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion in schools
  10. Phys­i­cal Exer­cise and Brain Health
  11. Does brain train­ing work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions
  12. What are cog­ni­tive abilities?
  13. To Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, Start with Enthusiasm
  14. How to eval­u­ate Brain Fit­ness and Brain Train­ing programs
  15. Ten brain tips to teach and learn

Study: Aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function

exercise and brainStudy Finds Aer­o­bic Exer­cise Improves Mem­ory, Brain Func­tion and Phys­i­cal Fit­ness (press release):

  • A new study con­ducted by researchers at the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dal­las pub­lished online in the open-access jour­nal Fron­tiers in Aging Neu­ro­science found that engag­ing in a phys­i­cal exer­cise reg­i­men helps healthy aging adults improve their mem­ory, brain health and phys­i­cal fit­ness. Read the rest of this entry »

Shaping the future of neuroimaging and brain health

neuroimagingNeu­ro­science: A head start for brain imag­ing (Nature):

  • The human brain is some­thing of an enigma. Much is known about its phys­i­cal struc­ture, but quite how it man­ages to mar­shal its myr­iad com­po­nents into a pow­er­house capa­ble of per­form­ing so many dif­fer­ent tasks remains a mys­tery. Neu­roimag­ing offers one way to help find out, and uni­ver­si­ties and gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives are bet­ting on it.”
  • At the same time, Read the rest of this entry »

Human Brain Project: Let’s understand basic mechanisms behind cognition and behaviour

neuronsBil­lion pound brain project under way (BBC News):

Sci­en­tists from 135 insti­tu­tions, mostly in Europe, are par­tic­i­pat­ing in The Human Brain Project (HBP). Co-funded by the EU, it aims to develop the tech­nol­ogy needed to cre­ate a com­puter sim­u­la­tion of the brain. It will also build a data­base of brain research from the tens of thou­sands of neu­ro­science papers pub­lished annu­ally. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (and free chapter)

amazon_kindleAs a book co-author it is always a plea­sure, and a sur­prise, to see what read­ers find most inter­est­ing and note­wor­thy. A fea­ture in Amazon’s Kin­dle e-reader allows read­ers to high­light and share their favorite sentences .

These are the 5 Most High­lighted Quotes in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (so far):

  1. Emo­tion is the sys­tem that tells us how impor­tant some­thing is. Atten­tion focuses us on the impor­tant and away from the unim­por­tant things. Cog­ni­tion tells us what to do about it. Cog­ni­tive skills are what­ever it takes to do those things.” (25 High­lighters) Read the rest of this entry »

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