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Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle

Please enjoy this fun brain teaser, provided by puzzle master Wes Carroll.

The Empty Triangle:

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Question:

Which number should be placed in the empty triangle?  Read the rest of this entry »

Study debunks the “earlier is always better” myth about brain development and cognitive training

teenagers_collegeGood News: You’ve Got a Better Brain Than You Think (Time):

“Getting older? No worries…When does our learning potential start to go soft? A new paper published in Psychological Science suggests that it might be later than we thought. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Wisdom requires both higher heart rate variability and adopting a third-person perspective

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Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats Read the rest of this entry »

Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Depression: A change of mind (Nature):

“Cognitive therapy, commonly known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), aims to help people to identify and change negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And although it does not work for everyone with depression, data have been accumulating in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy,” says Stefan Hofmann, a psychologist at Boston University in Massachusetts…

Antidepressant drugs are usually the first-line treatment for depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility

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Dozens of programs to encourage resilience have been introduced in schools all over the world, both to help children recover from trauma, but also cope better with their day-to-day stresses. Many use techniques such as Read the rest of this entry »

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