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Why it’s not always a good idea to outsource our brains to technology (or to others)

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Ignore the GPS. That Ocean Is Not a Road (The New York Times):

“…In perhaps the most infamous incident, a woman in Belgium asked GPS to take her to a destination less than two hours away. Two days later, she turned up in Croatia Read the rest of this entry »

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive deficits continue long term in cancer survivors in domains important for social and executive functioning

elderly_senior_memory_loss_confusionCognitive Deficits Continue Long Term in Cancer Survivors (Medscape):

“Although cancer patients frequently experience short-term cognitive deficits, little is known about how long these deficits last or whether they worsen over time. Now, data from a large national sample suggest that cognitive deficits may persist long term. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Why Super Mario 3D World may train your brain better than Angry Birds

Stark_151124_01_1500_szPlaying 3-D video games can boost memory formation, UCI study finds (UCI News):

“…Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory recruited non-gamer college students to play either a video game with a passive, two-dimensional environment (“Angry Birds”) or one with an intricate, 3-D setting (“Super Mario 3D World”) for 30 minutes per day over two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Study points to growing cognitive gap between high-volume TV watchers and infrequent watchers

watching tv adultToo Much TV And Chill Could Reduce Brain Power Over Time (NPR):

“Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco checked in with 3,247 people for 25 years, starting when they were young adults…People who got little exercise or watched at least three hours of TV a day did worse Read the rest of this entry »

10 Brain Transformers: A Poem

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As we enter an era of a transforming cerebrals

there will soon be “Mind­ful” wearables

to concentrate, meditate and self regulate

Did I just see you drop your jawbone at the gate?

Charge yourself to a calming or energizing state

Enhance memory and you are now feeling great

Your life may soon be in a different motion

With Elec­tri­cal and mag­netic brain stimulation

Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »

Pros and Cons of latest wearable tech trend: Mood-altering electrical brain stimulation

brain-stimulationElectrical brain stimulation moves from lab to home, experts wary (CBC radio):

“Zapping your brain to adjust your mood may sound like the stuff of science fiction, or a campy B movie.

But Anna Wexler is a real life grad student at the Massachussets Institute of Technology, demonstrating a real, commercially available device she bought for less than $300 Read the rest of this entry »

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