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January Newsletter: Let’s Talk Brain Fitness, Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Reserve

Let us first announce an upcoming Virtual Book Club Discussion focused on Brain Fitness, to take place on Monday March 14th in honor of Brain Awareness Week 2011 (March 14-20th). Let’s discuss burning issues together: Why care about neuroplasticity and the possibilities it offers to enrich our quality of life? What does cognitive reserve research mean to the way we learn, work, play, live? What is Brain Training – and what is not? All the conversation be virtual, via social media tools. You can learn more here.

This edition of SharpBrains monthly eNewslet­ter brings many articles on those topics. Enjoy!

Research Bites

The value of neuroimaging: Researcher Joaquin Anguera from UCSF shares with us what a par­tic­i­pant goes through when vol­un­teering for a neu­ro­science exper­i­ment these days.

How to boost self-control: David DiSalvo reviews a study testing whether observ­ing some­one else exert self-control boosts or reduces one’s own self-control.

The benefits of building cognitive reserve: Using a blood test able to detect beta amy­loid 42 (the pro­tein making up Alzheimer’s plaque), this new study shows that the asso­ci­a­tion between amy­loid and cog­ni­tive decline can be mod­i­fied by cog­ni­tive reserve.

Why Maintaining Stimulating Relationships is Good for You: This Greater Good Magazine articles sheds some light on what good you can get from stim­u­lat­ing social relationships.

Can Cognitive Training Improve Physical Fitness? Indeed – this somehow counterintuitive study shows how the ability to walk and talk at the same time can be enhanced through a computerized mental workout. Brain impacts body.

Exercise as a Treatment for ADHD: And, of course, body impacts brain. Dr. David Rabiner tells us about a study suggesting how  phys­i­cal activ­ity may be ben­e­fi­cial to youth with ADHD.

Action Video Games Can Boost Brain Functions: Specific video games seem to improve rapid decision-making used in many basic per­cep­tual and sen­sory tasks.

Books and Events

Stretch and Shape the Brain: This new illustrated book by Dr. JoAnn Deak explains to chil­dren how the brain changes with expe­ri­ences and how they have some con­trol over their brain power and health.

Neuroscience Boot Camp: Organized by The Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, July 31-August 10, 2011. A great event for anybody for whom it is impor­tant to under­stand, pre­dict or influ­ence human behav­ior.

What is brain fitness? What are main opportunities and challenges to innovate and improve the lives of a large num­ber of peo­ple in the next decade? These are the questions that Alvaro Fernandez asked to the inno­va­tors, decision-makers and researchers who will speak at the 2011 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. Read their answers and insights, be inspired!

Brain Teasers

A test of Attractiveness. An aver­age face (made from sev­eral other faces) is almost always judged as more attrac­tive than its con­stituent faces. Expe­ri­ence this by cre­ating your own aver­age faces.

Test your Memory: How many letters can you memorize? A fun way of putting your short-term memory skills to test.


Please don’t for­get to engage via Face­book and Twit­ter and spread the word on the March 14th virtual book club discussion!

— The Sharp­Brains Team

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