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Cognifit ranked #24 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

Cognifit LogoCogniFit is a cognitive training service designed to improve cognition both among the general public and among special populations. It is available on the web or on mobile devices like the iPad or iPhone, and its first stage is Read the rest of this entry »

23. Quick brainteaser to test your cognitive skills…and biases

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Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in environmental protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teasers to train your attention and working memory

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Here you have a few fun mental exercises to train your attention and working memory (the capacity to hold multiple pieces of information in the mind, and to use them real-time). Given them a try today and over the weekend…they are not as easy as they may sound!

  1. Say the days of the week backwards, then in alphabetical order. If you speak another language, try doing the same in that language.
  2. Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Then, for extra cognitive challenge, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order.
  3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more quick brain teasers? Do the same with friends’ and relatives’ date of birth.
  4. Quick, name two objects for every letter in your complete name. Work up to five objects, trying to use different items each time.
  5. Wherever you are, look around and within two minutes, try to find 5 green things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 red objects that are too big to fit.

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Brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation cognitive abilities

Mental self-rotation is the cognitive ability to imagine yourself in different locations in space, and to imagine your body moving in space. We need it for everyday activities such as finding a place or reading a map. The ability involved is technically called egocentric spatial transformations (yes, that is the scientific expression) or mental self rotation, and the brain areas primarily involved are the parietal lobes.

Here’s an example.

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Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease

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Brain Training Database: Treasure Trove for Preclinical Alzheimer’s Research? (Alzforum):

“Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cognitive ability—may one day serve as cognitive diagnostics to Read the rest of this entry »

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