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Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life


AARP just released a very inter­est­ing brain health research study based on 1,200 online inter­views con­ducted in August 2014. Key find­ings include:

  • Main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle is impor­tant to all con­sumers (99% find it at least some­what impor­tant). Brain health is the sec­ond most impor­tant com­po­nent in main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle, after heart health (37% find brain health most impor­tant while 51% find heart health most impor­tant). Younger con­sumers Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive biases


Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Update: For brain training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in regions that matter

connectome_mediumTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2014 e-newsletter. If you’re look­ing for new think­ing, research and tools to enhance life­long brain health and per­for­mance, you’re in the right place…

New think­ing:

New research:

New tools:


Have a great month of June! To start on the right foot, you may want to tease your mind with this visual illu­sion



The Sharp­Brains Team

Brain teasers for teens and adults to test and train cognitive skills

BrainFiringMind games that can sharpen the brain (Miami Herald):

A great resource for find­ing “mind games,” or what’s pop­u­larly know as “brain train­ing,” is the web­site of Sharp­Brains, a com­pany that tracks health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. Its founder and CEO, Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, writes in his blog that, “Any­thing we do involv­ing nov­elty, vari­ety and chal­lenge stim­u­lates the brain and can con­tribute to build­ing capac­ity and brain reserve.”

Fer­nan­dez advises choos­ing a game “that exer­cises a core brain-based capac­ity … that is rel­e­vant to real-life out­comes.” For exam­ple, in his list of the “ Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games” that his read­ers have enjoyed the most Read the rest of this entry »

From crosswords and sudoku to individualized brain training

brainsMind Games? Gyms For The Brain Avail­able Online (Investor’s Busi­ness Daily):

  • If your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is exer­cise — exer­cise your brain, that is — then cyber­space might be just the place for you… Read the rest of this entry »

Top brain teasers to test your mind

brainstormingWe just selected and cat­e­go­rized the Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games that Sharp­Brains read­ers have been enjoy­ing the most.

Here are a few samples…

Fun exper­i­ments on how our brains work

1. You think you know the col­ors? Try the Stroop Test

3. Take the Senses Chal­lenge (Interactive)

Atten­tion and memoryTwo In One Task

7. Count the Fs in this sentence

9. Proud of your visual mem­ory? Give a try at “Picasso” (Interactive)

10. Is your atten­tion bet­ter than a chimp’s? (Interactive)

–> For more, visit these  Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games and test your per­cep­tual and cog­ni­tive abilities…

Brain Teaser: Test your mental rotation skills

Are you famil­iar with men­tal rota­tion? It refers to mov­ing things around in your head. It is one of the numer­ous visu­ospa­tial skills that we all have.

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.

First set

Sec­ond set

Third Set

To see the cor­rect answers click here: Read the rest of this entry »

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