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New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk

dementia-progressionDementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why (NPR):

“Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these conditions is declining. That’s according to Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive training can help maintain driving mobility

Driving2Brain training could add years behind the wheel (Futurity):

“Older adults who participate in training designed to improve cognitive ability are more likely to continue driving over the next 10 years than those who don’t, research shows.

For a new study, published in Read the rest of this entry »

Next in Human Resources: Seeing cognitive diversity as an asset to build on, not a problem to avoid

brains_neurodiversityNeurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities (Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge):

There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability.

The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into Read the rest of this entry »

#5. Quick brain teasers for adults to flex two key mental muscles: attention and working memory

brain teasers for adults.

Looking for some fun, and free, cognitive stimulation? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exercise your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on integrating, processing it. Given them a try…they are not as easy as they seem. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neonatal MRI scans of preterm children can help predict cognitive and academic problems, and guide early interventions

Localized brain regions associated with early mathematics

Predicting future cognition in preterm children with MRI (Oxford University Press blog):

“In the wake of the development of advanced neonatal intensive medical care, more and more children born preterm manage to beat the previously tough odds…While this is one of the success stories of modern medicine, long-term follow-up of premature-born pediatric cohorts show that…Many children will experience cognitive problems that will Read the rest of this entry »

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