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5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Looking for some fun–and free–cognitive stimulation over the weekend? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capacity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on processing and integrating it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

— Giant neuron identified in mouse brain via novel brain imaging technique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The SharpBrains Team

Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle

Please enjoy this fun brain teaser, provided by puzzle master Wes Carroll.

The Empty Triangle:

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Question:

Which number should be placed in the empty triangle?  Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Finally, if you’re looking for some extra mental stimulation, don’t forget to check out our Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

Have a great month of March!

The SharpBrains Team

Testing and training cognitive ability: Key Neurotech Patent #16

training cognitive ability

– Illustrative image from U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174

Today we are featuring a key 2003 patent assigned to Cognifit ltd — fascinating to reflect how the brain training field has evolved in 14 years! (As mentioned, we are featuring a foundational Pervasive Neurotech patent a day, from older to newer by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174: Method and Apparatus for testing and training cognitive ability

  • Assignee(s): Cognifit ltd
  • Inventor(s): Shlomo Breznitz
  • Technology Category: Neurocognitive Training
  • Issue Date: October 14, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The Detailed Description of the ‘174 patent accurately contextualises the teachings of the patent when it recites “the present invention utilizes analysis, mental exercise and intervention in an attempt to increase cognitive abilities, improve speed of reaction, and train both functional cognitive attentional, perceptual, and linguistic abilities and various aspects of memory.” Read the rest of this entry »

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