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Study finds promise in smell training to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health in older adults

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An impaired sense of smell can sig­nal cog­ni­tive decline, but ‘smell train­ing’ could help (The Con­ver­sa­tion):

As we age, we often have prob­lems with our abil­i­ty to smell (called olfac­to­ry dys­func­tion). Old­er peo­ple might not be able to iden­ti­fy an odour or dif­fer­en­ti­ate one odour from anoth­er. In some cas­es they might not be able to detect an odour at all.

Odour iden­ti­fi­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties are com­mon in peo­ple with neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases, includ­ing Alzheimer’s dis­ease Read the rest of this entry »

New book suggest ways to understand behavior and boost happiness in light of human evolution

We humans evolved to be social crea­tures. By gain­ing the skills to coop­er­ate with oth­ers, we were able to stave off preda­tors, eat more con­sis­tent­ly, and care for each other’s young, allow­ing our genes to car­ry for­ward.

So, why do we still strug­gle at times to get along—even to the extent that we war on one anoth­er? And how can under­stand­ing our evo­lu­tion­ary her­itage help us have bet­ter rela­tion­ships and more hap­pi­ness today? Read the rest of this entry »

Shaping the Future of Mental Health

We hope you enjoy this slid­edeck sup­port­ing two great ses­sions held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017). Read the rest of this entry »

Next week is Brain Awareness Week!

We’re get­ting ready to cel­e­brate our amaz­ing human brains and minds next week. Please join us and many oth­ers around the globe!

Every March, Brain Aware­ness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of part­ner orga­ni­za­tions world­wide in a cel­e­bra­tion of the brain for peo­ple of all ages. Activ­i­ties are lim­it­ed only by the orga­niz­ers’ imag­i­na­tions and include open days at neu­ro­science labs; exhi­bi­tions about the brain; lec­tures on brain-relat­ed top­ics; social media cam­paigns; dis­plays at libraries and com­mu­ni­ty cen­ters; class­room work­shops; and more.

When: March 11–17th, 2019

Learn more HERE about the many resources and activ­i­ties avail­able. And here you have some arti­cles we believe you’ll enjoy read­ing and shar­ing:  

 

Mens sana in corpore sano…and vice versa (interview in Spanish)

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La soledad es tan per­ju­di­cial para la salud como fumar 15 cig­a­r­ril­los al día” (La Van­guardia):

Respec­to al peso total del cuer­po, más bien pesa poco. Unos 1.400 gramos. Y sus dimen­siones tam­poco son para tirar cohetes: ron­da los 1.300 cen­tímet­ros cúbi­cos. Pero a pesar de su reduci­do tamaño, su reper­cusión sobre el ser humano es incal­cu­la­ble. En él reside, ni más ni menos, que la mente y la con­cien­cia del indi­vid­uo. Sí, hablam­os del cere­bro, Read the rest of this entry »

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