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What Everyone Should Know About Stress, Brain Health, and Dance

-- Dancing to the clapping of bands. Egyptian, from the tomb of Ur-ari-en-Ptah, about 3300 B.C. (British Museum.)

— Dancing to the clapping of bands. Egyptian, from the tomb of Ur-ari-en-Ptah, 6th Dynasty, about 3300 B.C. (British Museum)

Everyone experiences stress at some point in our lives. It is important to know that stress can harm the brain, and also that dance can be a great avenue for a person resist, reduce, or escape it.

Stress can change the physical structure and function of the brain, affecting wiring and thus performance of one’s activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: A personalized, multi-modal brain fitness program can help grow hippocampal volume and improve brain function

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— Figure 2. MRI scans showed an 8.6% growth in the volume of the hippocampus (HC) in one patient. (A): Baseline Brain MRI. (B): Post-program Brain MRI. (C): Higher magnification of baseline hippocampal volume. (D): Higher magnification of the post-program hippocampal volume

Can the brain shrinkage that happens to us with aging be reversed? Can we actually grow back our brain and boost our memory in our 60s and 70s?

The answers seem to be Yes and Yes Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 SharpBrains Articles of 2015

hippocampus_brainThese are the 10 most popular articles with sharpbrains.com readers in 2015, covering everything brain-related from latest research findings to healthy living tips and emerging neurotechnologies:

1. Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters

2. To harness neuroplasticity, start with enthusiasm

brain_hands_large3. The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains

4. How learning changes your brain

5. Why you turn down the radio when you’re lost

6. 10 neu­rotech­nolo­gies about to trans­form brain enhance­ment and brain health

7. What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them?

8. 8 Tips To Remember What You Read

9. Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging

10. Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress

 

We hope you enjoy them, and share your favorites with other sharp friends and colleagues! To stay on top of new articles and resources, you can follow us via Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn and our eNewsletter.

Have a great 2016!

Alvaro Fernandez & the SharpBrains Team

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 »

Update: 25 Key References to Navigate the Brain Health and Neurotechnology Revolution

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ November e-newsletter, featuring 25 of the key reference materials that participants at the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit found most intriguing, in order of discussion during the Summit. Our deepest gratitude goes to Summit Speakers, Sponsors, and everyone who participated in our best conference to date!

If you registered to participate at the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, you can access all session recordings Here. If you didn’t register, you can purchase access here.
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