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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

 

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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 »

Neuroplasticity explains why humans adapt faster than (genetically-controlled) chimpanzees

chimpanzee_human_brainsNature and nurture: Human brains evolved to be more responsive to environmental influences (Phys.org):

“Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, but what is it about the human brain that makes us so different? Researchers at the George Washington University may have unearthed another piece of the puzzle. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap

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Brain scans reveal how poverty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

“Growing up poor has long been linked to lower academic test scores. And there’s now mounting evidence that it’s partly because kids can suffer real physical consequences from low family incomes, including brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Youth unemployment can lead to long-term cognitive and emotional scars

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Youth unemployment produces multiple scarring effects (British Politics & Policy):

“Being unemployed when young leads to a higher likelihood of long-term ‘scarring’ in later life in terms of subsequent lower pay, higher unemployment and reduced life chances according to much research…There is also evidence of greater mental health problems in their 40s or 50s Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Sports-related concussions can impact academic performance, especially in high school

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Concussions Are Having An Alarming Impact On The Academics Of Students (Reuters):

“Studies in the last five years have focused largely on the athletic side of the equation – “taking them off the field, not putting them back on the field with symptoms, but this is really looking at the student side of the equation,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?

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Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions (NPR):

“Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with Read the rest of this entry »

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