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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 »

Mental stimulation over genetics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)

Alzheimers DiseaseFeed­ing the Brain’s Curios­ity Helps Delay Alzheimer’s, Study Says (Bloomberg):

Peo­ple genet­i­cally prone to Alzheimer’s who went to col­lege, worked in com­plex fields and stayed engaged intel­lec­tu­ally held off the dis­ease almost a decade longer than oth­ers, a study found. Read the rest of this entry »

Warning: Vitamin D supplements may do more cognitive harm than good

vitaminDNo Link Between Vit­a­min D and Cog­ni­tion, Brain Pathol­ogy (Medscape):

Enthu­si­asm for tak­ing vit­a­min D to pro­mote brain health has taken a knock after 2 stud­ies in the same pop­u­la­tion have found no asso­ci­a­tion between vit­a­min D lev­els and cog­ni­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To train your brain, work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst, or similar

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Glass Brain Project, cour­tesy of Adam Gaz­za­ley @ UCSF

 

Time for Sharp­Brains’ April 2014 e-newsletter. If you’re look­ing for new think­ing, research and tools to enhance life­long brain health, let us sug­gest you’re in the right place!

New think­ing:

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brain circuitsFinally, we want to thank the 65 read­ers of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness and Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro who have taken the time to leave excel­lent reviews via Ama­zon online stores (46 in the USA, 9 in Spain, 6 in the UK, 4 in Canada, and 1 in Mex­ico so far). Thank You! Gracias!

Every­one — have a great month of May,

The Sharp­Brains Team

Top insights on neuroplasticity, emotion and cognition (book highlights via Amazon Kindle)

brain circuitsInter­ested  in mod­ern brain sci­ence and what it has to offer to improve edu­ca­tion, health and qual­ity of life? Here you have some of the most pop­u­lar high­lights of the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, cour­tesy of the thou­sands of read­ers enjoy­ing and anno­tat­ing the Kin­dle edi­tion of the book. Read the rest of this entry »

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