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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!

What is the combined effect of physical and mental training?

exercisePhysical exercise and mental exercise are both beneficial for the brain. Each can improve brain functions and decrease risks of cognitive decline over time. This raises the question of their comparative and combined effects: Is one better than the other? Are their benefits additive (1 + 1 =2) or perhaps even synergistic (1 + 1 =3)? Read the rest of this entry »

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