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New report by the Institute of Medicine on cognitive health promotion

Title: Cog­ni­tive Aging: Progress in Under­stand­ing and Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Action

Report brief (opens PDF)

Read full report online

Descrip­tion: Peo­ple for­get things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dis­missed as a minor incon­ve­nience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momen­tary anx­i­ety at 35, and a major source of per­sonal worry at ages 55 or 60. For­get­ful­ness at older ages is often equated with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your attention and memory: Can you identify Apple’s logo?

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We don’t notice much of what we see: 85 col­lege stu­dents tried to draw the Apple logo from mem­ory; 84 failed (Sci­ence Daily):

Could you draw the ubiq­ui­tous Apple com­puter logo from memory?…Out of 85 UCLA under­grad­u­ate stu­dents, only one cor­rectly repro­duced the Apple logo when asked to draw it on a blank sheet of paper. Fewer than half the stu­dents cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the actual logo when Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive 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 »

To develop personalized brain training that works, gather and analyze big data

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The Brain-Games Conun­drum: Does Cog­ni­tive Train­ing Really Sharpen the Mind? (Cerebrum):

…the issue of what does and doesn’t work is complex…The crit­i­cal ques­tion is whether trans­fer of train­ing occurs. Does extended prac­tice of the trained games result in gen­eral per­cep­tual and cog­ni­tive improve­ments that boost per­for­mance of mean­ing­ful, real-life tasks such as dri­ving, remem­ber­ing names and faces, and keep­ing track of finances?… Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Performance Dashboards @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

After two very intense Sum­mit days, today we have Expo Day, look­ing at the lat­est solu­tions and ini­tia­tives by Sum­mit Spon­sors — includ­ing the cog­ni­tive per­for­mance dash­board below, by Peak. Many peo­ple work­ing on ways to engage, edu­cate, empower and bet­ter equip every­one with a brain!
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To preserve if not enhance intelligence, work on speed of information processing

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Declin­ing intel­li­gence in old age linked to visual pro­cess­ing (Sci­ence Daily):

Researchers have uncov­ered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s think­ing skills decline in old age… Read the rest of this entry »

Update: For brain training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in regions that matter

connectome_mediumTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2014 e-newsletter. If you’re look­ing for new think­ing, research and tools to enhance life­long brain health and per­for­mance, you’re in the right place…

New think­ing:

New research:

New tools:

 

Have a great month of June! To start on the right foot, you may want to tease your mind with this visual illu­sion

Cheers,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

New market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology & Intellectual Property

Online course on How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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