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Reading or watching TV tonight?

booksBeing a Lifelong Bookworm May Keep You Sharp in Old Age (Smithsonian.com):

“…findings, published online today in Neurology, suggest that reading books, writing and engaging in other similar brain-stimulating Read the rest of this entry »

Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions

brain exerciseIn a modern society we are confronted with a wide range of increasingly abstract and interconnected problems. Successfully dealing with such an environment requires a highly fit brain, capable of adapting to new situations and challenges throughout life. Consequently, we expect cross-training the brain to soon become as mainstream as cross-training the body is today, going beyond unstructured mental activity and Read the rest of this entry »

Why, to improve memory, we need to think of the brain as a system

(Editor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with participants in the e-course How To Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. This is the lightly edited and anonymized transcript from the January Q&A session; the February Q&A will take place on Tuesday, February 12th)

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OK, ready to go! Happy 2013 again. You can start writing your questions and comments in the box at the bottom, and hit Send.

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Which activities or games or websites do you recommend to improve memory? Read the rest of this entry »

New Self-Paced Brain Fitness Course Answers 40 Common Questions about Brain Health and Brain Training

We are pleased to offer the first self-paced course designed to equip lifelong learners with the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to apply neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve findings and tools to enhance their own brain health and func­tion­al­ity.

Detailed information is available at How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can imme­di­ately log into the course and gain access to four recorded lectures–each last­ing two hours– and to online mate­ri­als and discussions. Registration fees are $95, and stu­dents have six months to com­plete course.

TOP 40 QUESTIONS ON BRAIN HEALTH, BRAIN FITNESS AND BRAIN TRAINING TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE COURSE: Read the rest of this entry »

Good Q&A on Mild Cognitive Impairment

Coping With Mild Cognitive Impairment (NYT blog):

“About 10 to 15 percent of adults age 65 and older are believed to have mild cognitive impairment — a condition commonly characterized by memory problems, well beyond those associated with normal aging…. The University of Toronto researchers set out to rectify Read the rest of this entry »

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