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20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let me share these 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Health that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed  Read the rest of this entry »

Mental rotation exercise to challenge your brain’s parietal lobe over the holidays

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Mental rotation refers to moving things around in your mind. It is one of the main visuospatial skills we all have…in different degrees, yes.

Here’s an exam­ple. Please pic­ture in your mind an arrow point­ing to the right. Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just per­formed a men­tal rota­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teasers to train your attention and working memory

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Here you have a few fun mental exercises to train your attention and working memory (the capacity to hold multiple pieces of information in the mind, and to use them real-time). Given them a try today and over the weekend…they are not as easy as they may sound!

  1. Say the days of the week backwards, then in alphabetical order. If you speak another language, try doing the same in that language.
  2. Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Then, for extra cognitive challenge, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order.
  3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more quick brain teasers? Do the same with friends’ and relatives’ date of birth.
  4. Quick, name two objects for every letter in your complete name. Work up to five objects, trying to use different items each time.
  5. Wherever you are, look around and within two minutes, try to find 5 green things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 red objects that are too big to fit.

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Update: Test your stress level with this fun brain teaser

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ July 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of thought-provoking insights, sci­ence reports…and this fun brain teaser to deter­mine your stress level.

New thinking:

New tools:

New science:

Finally, you may also want to try this teaser to test your cognitive biases.

Enjoy, and have a great month of August!

 

The SharpBrains Team

Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus

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Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind (Forbes):

“Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients…once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to stop it.

But it can be slowed, and a new study presented Read the rest of this entry »

The New York Times starts to pay attention: Exercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

mind_childExercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits (The New York Times):

“Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognitive control. Now a growing stream of research suggests that strengthening this mental muscle, usually with exercises in Read the rest of this entry »

“No matter what the media says…you need both physical and mental exercise”

Liz ZelinskiQuestion by Anton Goldberg:
What surprised me the most in your interview was when you said that physical exercise doesn’t help improve memory as much as mental exercise does. I get the opposite impression when reading media reports. Can you point out the research that supports your view? And, if true, why isn’t the media doing a better job at explaining the science? Read the rest of this entry »

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