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Mental self-rotation is the cognitive ability to imagine yourself in different locations in space, and to imagine your body moving in space. We need it for everyday activities such as finding a place or reading a map. The ability involved is technically called egocentric spatial transformations (yes, that is the scientific expression) or mental self rotation, and the brain areas primarily involved are the parietal lobes.
Here’s an example.
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Jun 9, 2014 0
Visuospatial skills are used everyday in many ways, ranging from going from one room to another in your house to navigating in a new city.
Let’s take an example. Can you picture in your mind an arrow pointing to the right? Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? Read the rest of this entry »
Jun 19, 2012 0
An umbrella, of course! You’ve just used your working memory. Our working memory is a crucial part of the memory system, not least because it helps us to figure things out mentally.
Not only can we store information in our short-term memory, but we can also manipulate it. This is why short-term memory is sometimes also called working memory. Working memory is our temporary workspace. We use it in everyday tasks ranging from driving (where you need to keep in mind the location of the cars around you as you navigate through traffic), to preparing a budget (where you need to keep in mind one spending category while working on another), to writing a letter (where you need to keep in mind all you want to say while developing each point a sentence at a time). Read the rest of this entry »
Nov 30, 2010 2
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Over the last four years we have posted over 100 puzzles, teasers, riddles, illusions, and every form of mental exercise that both challenges and enlightens our minds.
Below you have a selection of the ten most popular ones among SharpBrains readers. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »
Sep 30, 2010 0
You may find that too much media coverage on how to take good care of our brains is confusing, if not potentially misleading. In The True Story – is mental exercise good, bad, or irrelevant, Dr. Pascale Michelon dissects for you a recent large study which was largely reported as bad news when in fact it brings good news (no miracles, but good news). We hope you enjoy her insightful analysis – and all the excellent articles that follow in the September edition of our monthly eNewsletter covering cognitive health and brain fitness topics. Please remember that you can use the box in the right column to subscribe and receive this newsletter via email.
Do you Mind
Dear sapiens sapiens, do you mind: Dr. Joshua Steinerman encourages you to ask yourself the tough questions: Do you mind your brain? Do you know your noggin’? Can you claim cerebral ownership or is your mental a rental? Plus, why we need a new lexicon for positive cognition interventions.
Time for a Cognitive Reserve Day: with 36 million people worldwide with dementia today and related care costs around 1 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), and growing fast, may it be time to complement World Alzheimer’s Day with Word Cognitive Reserve’s Day?
Food for Thought
Debunking learning styles: a recent article in The New York Times debunks many old myths about learning and learning styles, summarizing emerging cognitive neuroscience findings.
Science for the People: quick now — think of a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are some one in the excellent roster of 28 science bloggers who took part in SharpBrains’ edition of Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival answered it.
Food for Thought – II
‘Western’ Style Diet Increases Risk of ADHD: Dr. David Rabiner reports how, on the one hand, a recent large study tracking 1172 Australian adolescents and their parents found that dietary factors can play an important role in the development of attention deficits, at least for some children.
A Controlled Trial of Herbal Treatment for ADHD: on the other hand, Dr. Rabiner adds, a recent randomized-controlled trial supports the idea that appropriately prepared and targeted herbal compounds have the potential to be therapeutic and reduce attention deficit symptoms.
Shaping the Future
Q&A about the new SharpBrains Council for Brain Fitness Innovation: we have received many good questions about the new SharpBrains Council … here you are our answers.
Meet the Experts: since 2006 we have interviewed dozens of experts on the future of cognitive enhancement and mental health, building up the foundation for the type of innovation the SharpBrains Council wants to foster. Here you can find what 26 leading-edge scientists and experts believe and why.
Getting therapy through your iPhone: The Daily Beast (a great new media outlet) just published this excellent article on an emerging “small revolution” in mental health care.
Brain Teaser: are you ready to test your mental rotation skills?
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Sep 28, 2010 5
Let’s take an example. Can you picture in your head an arrow pointing to the right? Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just performed a mental rotation. Although it is rare to consciously imagine objects moving, people automatically use this ability when they read maps, use tools, play chess, arrange furniture, drive in traffic, etc.
Mental rotation relies mostly on the parietal areas of your brain (yellow section in the brain image above).
Here is a brain exercise to stimulate your mental rotation skills.
- The top shape is your model.
- Among the 3 shapes below the model, only one matches the model. To figure out which one does you will probably have to move the shapes around in your head.
- Move the shapes from left to right or right to left but DO NOT FLIP them around.
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