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Update: To improve memory and thinking, try the Mediterranean diet with added olive oil and nuts

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ May e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain and mind stud­ies, pervasive neu­rotech­nol­ogy news, and brain fit­ness insights.

New research:

New tools:

New report on innovation & IP:

 

Have a great month of June!

April 2015 Update: Latest neu­ro­science stud­ies, neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain fit­ness insights

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ April e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key neu­ro­science stud­ies, neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain fit­ness insights…and including a fun brain teaser at the end.

Upcoming events:

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

 

Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your attention and memory: Can you identify Apple’s logo?

Have a great month of May

Study: Shift work chronically impairs cognition


Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Function (Forbes):

“According to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cognitive skills such as thinking, reasoning and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pattern — and seen to be much greater for those working a rotating shift pattern Read the rest of this entry »

Want to train your brain? Work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst (or similar)

Brain Firing NeuronsMentally stimulating jobs keep your mind sharp post-retirement (Tech Times):

“If you want to stay sharp in your golden years, it’s best to get the hard yards in early – a new study has found that people with mentally demanding jobs fare better in the years after retirement….Mental acuity and memory retention was found to be higher in retirees who had spent their careers in mentally stimulating roles, such as Read the rest of this entry »

Brain fitness class’ monthly Q&A: Memory, stress, emotions, and more

Registered participants in the new e-course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach can take part in a monthly online Q&A session to discuss progress and open questions with the course faculty and with fellow participants. Below is the transcript of the October 30th Q&A session, lightly edited and anonymized.

Course Faculty (or F): OK, we are ready to start. You can start writing and submitting any questions and comments!  Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting Mental Agility through Cognitive Control and Mental Representation

The words, The Agile Mind captured my attention immediately. The title conveyed energy, innovation, change, bouncing on a trampoline in my head. I knew that investigating the book would be an adventure.

As soon as the book The Agile Mind by Wilma Koutstaal was in my hands, I explored the 24-page index, looking for my favorite topic, problem-solving thinking. On page 29 I accessed a brand new take on the intuitive versus rational problem solving challenge. A central aspect of mental agility Read the rest of this entry »

Is There a Formula for Smart Thinking?

One day, one of my kids was staring at a simple circuit diagram. It showed a battery connected to a resistor and a light bulb. He was doing a homework problem. The particular question that had him stumped asked what would happen to the current in the circuit if the resistor was replaced with another that had more resistance. He hadn’t been in class that day and had never studied electricity, and so he stared at the diagram for a few minutes without comprehension.

My son had reached what psychologists call an impasse, which is really just a fancy way of saying that he was stuck. Read the rest of this entry »

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