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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 »

Study: Aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function

exercise and brainStudy Finds Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory, Brain Function and Physical Fitness (press release):

  • “A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that engaging in a physical exercise regimen helps healthy aging adults improve their memory, brain health and physical fitness. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for SharpBrains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which features a variety of articles offering a more optimistic and evidence-based approach to brain and mental health than current practices.

First of all, let us highlight that Scientific American just published an excellent review of our new book. The author sums it up by saying that “…I wish I had read this awesome guide when I was much younger…I find the emerging field of neuroplasticity immensely exciting, and guides like this one are both hopeful and reasonable.” As a reader points out, the word “awesome” does not appear often in science-oriented publications…so we are especially proud to see the book merit such treatment.

New thinking:

New science:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stimulating June!

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