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To delay dementia, try challenging (vs. routine) brain stimulation…up to a point

brain__skeletonBrain games that could pay off in retire­ment (MarketWatch):

Cog­ni­tive aging is the biggest health cri­sis in our coun­try,” said Denise C. Park…the mon­e­tary cost of demen­tia in the U.S. tops $157 bil­lion annu­ally, accord­ing to esti­mates by the Rand Corp.—and that num­ber could more than Read the rest of this entry »

Brain fitness is not about crossword puzzles and blueberries

brain_centerTop 15 Insights About Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, Emo­tions and Life­long Learn­ing (The Huff­in­g­ton Post):

  • A con­se­quence of the brain’s plas­tic­ity is that the brain may change with every expe­ri­ence, thought and emo­tion, from which it fol­lows that you your­self have the poten­tial power to change your brain with every­thing that you do, think, and feel. So brain fit­ness and opti­miza­tion are about much more than cross­word puz­zles and blue­ber­ries; they are about cul­ti­vat­ing a new mind­set and mas­ter­ing a new toolkit that allow us to appre­ci­ate and take full advan­tage of our brains’ incred­i­ble properties.”

Keep read­ing these  Top 15 Insights About Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, Emo­tions and Life­long Learning

Great book review by The New York Public Library

BrainFitnessLifecycle_webWhat Does a Brain Want? Alvaro Fer­nan­dez and the Sharp­Brains Team Put Brain Fit­ness to the Test (New York Pub­lic Library):

Many have referred to the 21st cen­tury as the cen­tury of the brain. In the 20th cen­tury the aver­age lifes­pan in the U.S. increased from 47 to 74, but research on the brain lagged behind. As lifes­pan increases this becomes more and more of a soci­etal, and per­sonal, concern…

May I rec­om­mend a book to cut through the chat­ter on the brain? The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age…I dis­cov­ered Sharp­Brains when Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which fea­tures a vari­ety of arti­cles offer­ing a more opti­mistic and evidence-based approach to brain and men­tal health than cur­rent practices.

First of all, let us high­light that Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can just pub­lished an excel­lent review of our new book. The author sums it up by say­ing that “…I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger…I find the emerg­ing field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity immensely excit­ing, and guides like this one are both hope­ful and rea­son­able.” As a reader points out, the word “awe­some” does not appear often in science-oriented publications…so we are espe­cially proud to see the book merit such treatment.

New think­ing:

New sci­ence:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stim­u­lat­ing June!

Train your brain with targeted videogames, not with crossword puzzles

cognition-road-tour-combinedStudy shows men­tal agility game slows cog­ni­tive decline in older peo­ple (Iowa Now): “Wolin­sky and col­leagues sep­a­rated 681 gen­er­ally healthy med­ical patients in Iowa into four groups—each fur­ther sep­a­rated into those 50 to 64 years of age and those over age 65. One group was given com­put­er­ized cross­word puz­zles, while three other groups were exposed to a video game called Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive Training & Brain Teasers Can Increase Openness Among Older Adults

Brain Teasers Make Seniors More Open to New Ven­tures (med­page today):

- ” A cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­gram that included Sudoku and cross­word puz­zles made older adults more open to new expe­ri­ences, accord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary study.”

- “Older adults undergo changes in per­son­al­ity, includ­ing shifts in open­ness or will­ing­ness to seek out new and cog­ni­tively chal­leng­ing expe­ri­ences. A num­ber of inter­ven­tions have been designed to enrich cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing in older adults, but lit­tle has been done to develop open­ness, the authors explained.” Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Alvaro Fernandez on Brain Health and Non-invasive Cognitive Enhancement

Below you can find the full tran­script of our engag­ing Q&A ses­sion yes­ter­day on life­long cog­ni­tive fit­ness, “men­tal cap­i­tal­ism”, and more,  with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, co-author of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, mod­er­ated by Harry Moody, Direc­tor of Aca­d­e­mic Affairs at AARP.

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