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.
Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your attention and memory: Can you identify Apple’s logo?
Have a great month of May
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 »
Mentally 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 »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
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 »
By: Judith C. Tingley, PhD
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 »
By: Art Markman
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 »
By: Judith C. Tingley, PhD
A rare aha moment in 2011 set me chasing new problem-solving research. The study Rational Versus Intuitive Problem-Solving: How Thinking ‘Off the Beaten Path’ Can Stimulate Creativity published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts stung me out of a spot of intellectual arrogance. From my perspective, John Dewey’s 19th century step-wise Read the rest of this entry »