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Study: Why Super Mario 3D World may train your brain better than Angry Birds

Stark_151124_01_1500_szPlaying 3-D video games can boost memory formation, UCI study finds (UCI News):

“…Craig Stark and Dane Clemenson of UCI’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory recruited non-gamer college students to play either a video game with a passive, two-dimensional environment (“Angry Birds”) or one with an intricate, 3-D setting (“Super Mario 3D World”) for 30 minutes per day over two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Calling high school students/ teachers to design creative experiments on the human brain

Design a Brain Experiment Competition, by the Dana Foundation:

“The Dana Foundation is devoted to promoting an interest in brain research in schools across the country. Encouraging students to take an interest in scientific research, especially related to the brain, is crucial, not only for students, but also for the future development of neuroscience. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mental Game: How High-Level Athletes Remain Calm and Focused

The Mental Preparation of High-Level Athletes (briefing paper by the Dana Foundation):

“Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is credited with saying that “90 percent of the game is half mental.” Over the years, the line has been appropriated beyond the world of baseball to explain the importance of factors like focus and motivation Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Awareness Week is Approaching: March 12-18th, 2012

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign, organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Events are Read the rest of this entry »

Experience Corps: Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social Involvement

The current issue of Cerebrum –a great publication of the Dana Foundation– includes the excellent in-depth article Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social Involvement: Building an Experience Corps, written by researcher Michelle Carlson:

“Over the last decade, scientists made two key discoveries that reframed our understanding of the adult brain’s potential to benefit from lifelong environmental enrichment. First, they learned that the adult brain remains plastic; it can generate new neurons in response to physical activity and new experiences. Second, they confirmed the importance of Read the rest of this entry »

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