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When was the last time you saw your brain? (That may change soon)

glass-brain-1200-990x556Fly­ing Through Inner Space (National Geographic):

It’s hard to truly see the brain. I don’t mean to sim­ply see a three-pound hunk of tis­sue. I mean to see it in a way that offers a deep feel for how it works. That’s not sur­pris­ing, given that the human brain is made up of over 80 bil­lion neu­rons, each branch­ing out Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspir­ing clar­inetist begins by get­ting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are pro­duced by the air she blows through it. A dri­ver must be acquainted with var­i­ous vehi­cle fun­da­men­tals, such as adding gas, accel­er­at­ing, and read­ing the speedome­ter. It is no dif­fer­ent with the brain. Max­i­miz­ing your brain’s health and per­for­mance begins with a basic under­stand­ing of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us oper­ate in com­plex, chang­ing envi­ron­ments by con­tin­u­ally learn­ing and adapt­ing. Suc­cess­fully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

Fascinating, useful research-backed and up-to-date information on your brain”

SharpBrains_cover_front_webWe were very glad this morn­ing to find this cus­tomer review in Amazon.com, dis­cussing our new book:

My fam­ily has a his­tory of demen­tia and Alzheimer’s, so my wife and I are always on the look­out for new and help­ful infor­ma­tion about keep­ing our brains strong as we age. We’ve read more than a few and I haven’t writ­ten reviews of any of them. I wanted to share a bit about why I did like this book and what prompted me to take the time to write a review. I found this book to be burst­ing with use­ful infor­ma­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (and free chapter)

amazon_kindleAs a book co-author it is always a plea­sure, and a sur­prise, to see what read­ers find most inter­est­ing and note­wor­thy. A fea­ture in Amazon’s Kin­dle e-reader allows read­ers to high­light and share their favorite sentences .

These are the 5 Most High­lighted Quotes in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (so far):

  1. Emo­tion is the sys­tem that tells us how impor­tant some­thing is. Atten­tion focuses us on the impor­tant and away from the unim­por­tant things. Cog­ni­tion tells us what to do about it. Cog­ni­tive skills are what­ever it takes to do those things.” (25 High­lighters) Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Let’s debunk 32 neuromyths…do we only use 10% of our brain?

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing lat­est sci­ence, tools and think­ing to upgrade brain health. Before we start, do you believe these 32 neu­romyths? Do we only use 10% of our brain?

New Sci­ence:

New Tools:

New Think­ing:

Finally, a request to  reporters, ana­lysts and blog­gers read­ing this. As we’re prepar­ing to release a major mar­ket report, we’d like to ensure you are in our Media List. If you’re inter­ested in brain health & inno­va­tion and want to be noti­fied as soon as the report becomes avail­able, please Fill This Form and let us know a bit about the publication/s you are writ­ing for. Thank you!

Newborn neurons in the adult brain are critical for learning and memory

New­born Neu­rons — Even in the Adult Aging Brain — Are Crit­i­cal for Mem­ory (Sci­ence Daily):

Newly gen­er­ated, or new­born neu­rons in the adult hip­pocam­pus are crit­i­cal for mem­ory retrieval, accord­ing to a study led by Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity researchers…Previous research… has demon­strated that new­born neu­rons form con­nec­tions with exist­ing neu­rons Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Researchers Start Mapping the Human ‘Connectome’

Brain Researchers Start Map­ping the Human ‘Con­nec­tome’ (Press release):

Anal­o­gous to the Human Genome Project—which mapped the human genetic code—the Human Con­nec­tome Project seeks to map “the com­plete, point-to-point spa­tial con­nec­tiv­ity of neural path­ways in the brain,” accord­ing to Arthur W. Toga, PhD, and col­leagues of David Gef­fen School of Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Los Ange­les. They write, “For neu­ro­sci­en­tists and the lay pub­lic alike, the abil­ity to assess, mea­sure, and explore this wealth of lay­ered infor­ma­tion con­cern­ing how the brain is wired is a much sought after prize.”

The 100 bil­lion neu­rons of the human ner­vous sys­tem inter­con­nect to form a rel­a­tively small num­ber of “func­tional neural net­works” respon­si­ble for behav­ior and thought. How­ever, even after more than a cen­tury of research, there is no com­pre­hen­sive map of the con­nec­tions of the human brain.”

–> To Learn More: To Be (Your Con­nec­tome), or Not to Be (Your Genome)

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