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Training our brains’ executive control to reduce rumination and improve mood

happybrainIsraeli computer ‘game’ teaches brain to be happier (Haaretz):

“There are people who think dwelling on their emotions is helpful, viewing it as a kind of wrestling match with their inner demons. But according to psychologists, it’s Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves 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 »

Working memory training can improve emotional regulation and behavioral health

BrainTrainingMastering emotions by sharpening memory? It just might work (Los Angeles Times):

“Emotional regulation — the ability to take negative feelings and recognize, accept and channel them properly — is an Achilles’ heel for many people, but especially for those with anxiety-related disorders, Read the rest of this entry »

National Science Foundation report: Can interactive media boost attention and well-being?

interactivemedia“Behavioral training interventions have received much interest as potentially efficient and cost-effective ways to maintain brain fitness or enhance skilled performance with impact ranging from health and fitness to education and job training. In particular, neuroscience research has documented the importance of explicitly training (i) attentional control, in order to enhance perceptual and cognitive fitness as well as (ii) kindness and compassion, to Read the rest of this entry »

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