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To improve memory, enhance attention and other cognitive abilities

Memory_attentionRemembering, as en Extreme Sport (The New York Times):

“We found that one of the biggest differences between memory athletes and the rest of us,” said Henry L. Roediger III, the psychologist who Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teaser: What “some kind of asset” are we talking about?

BrainFitnessTrajectoryAn excellent article at the Times, Who Gets to Graduate, explores new thinking and tools to help college students succeed. Towards the end of the quite long article the writer quotes researcher David Yeager as saying: Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser game: Can you count? (attention experiment)

Do we all have “attention deficits”? Or is there something else going on? Let’s try this little experiment, conceived by Simons and Chabris for their classic study on sustained inattentional blindness.

Below you can watch a brief video clip, and your challenge is to count the total number of times that the basketballs change hands. 

 

Fascinating, isn’t it?

If you are ready to continue exercising your brain, you may enjoy these 50 brain teasers to test your cognitive ability.

Can electricity-based brain stimulation harness neuroplasticity safely?

brainstimulationDIY Brain Stimulation Raises Concerns (Medscape Today):

“Recent increased interest in the electricity-based brain stimulation method of transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) as a means of improving cognitive ability has some experts raising concerns about the neuroethical issues surrounding the technique — particularly its ease of use as a make-it-yourself home device…

Those wishing to play it a little safer Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Internet making us dumber? (Nope, just different)

Is the Internet Really Making Us Dumber? (Der Spiegel):

“In Germany, scores increase by about 3 IQ points each decade. In fact, the tests have to be adjusted every few years to keep up. The test currently used for children is called the WISC-IV. A person claiming to have an IQ of 130 needs to specify which test generated that result: WISC-III? WISC-IV? The astonishing upward trend Read the rest of this entry »

Cardiac Surgery Can Impact Long-term Cognitive Functioning, Suggesting Need for Monitoring and Rehab

Post-Op Delirium’s Toll on Mental Function May Linger: Study (US News):

“Delirium after cardiac surgery has been thought of as a brief, reversible condition, but new research is suggesting that [mental] recovery for some people may take much longer than thought, and that there are long-term cognitive consequences,” said study co-lead author Jane Saczynski, Read the rest of this entry »

Learning to Cope with Google/ Information Overload

Google changing how humans think (Canadian Business):

– “…the psychologists concluded that our reliance on the Internet has affected how we relate to information—instead of remembering the information itself, we just remember where to find it.”

– “While the move from knowing information to knowing where to find it has many benefits—including freeing up your brain for more reasoning and analytical thinking—there’s a downside too.” Read the rest of this entry »

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