Brain teaser: What do you see?

Sep­tem­ber 10, 2006  |

What do you see?  If you see an old lady, can you also see a young lady? If you see a young lady, can you also see an old lady? Both are there! Les­son: there are fre­quent­ly dif­fer­ent, and equal­ly valid, ways to read a sit­u­a­tion. We bet­ter lis­ten to com­ple­men­tary per­spec­tives and ensure con­struc­tive team­work. Enjoy the day.

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Exercise your brain with this classic planning puzzle

Sep­tem­ber 10, 2006  | Com­ments Off on Exer­cise your brain with this clas­sic plan­ning puzzle

Here’s a clas­sic plan­ning puz­zle, devel­oped by math­e­mati­cian Edouard Lucas in 1883 and fre­quent­ly used in neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions: Play online The Tow­er of Hanoi.

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#6. Brain teaser: can you count the Fs in this sentence?

Sep­tem­ber 10, 2006  |

Here is anoth­er brain teas­er exercise. 

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On attention, trading psychology and “open” minds

Sep­tem­ber 10, 2006  |

Dr. Brett N. Steen­barg­er, author of The Psy­chol­o­gy of Trad­ing and numer­ous arti­cles on trad­ing psy­chol­o­gy , has post­ed a fas­ci­nat­ing arti­cle titled Approach­ing Trad­ing With an Emp­ty Mind, where he describes the risks of becom­ing “pris­on­ers of the men­tal maps we cre­ate”, and miss­ing new pat­terns and real­i­ties, there­by pre­vent­ing us from adapt­ing, and…

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SharpBrains Mental Workout at Cisco Systems

Sep­tem­ber 9, 2006  |

A cou­ple of weeks ago we had a very fun team-build­ing ses­sion, Sharp­Brains at Cis­co Sys­tems, dur­ing the retreat of a Cis­co Sys­tems group. We cov­ered recent brain research and its impli­ca­tions for learn­ing and train­ing, and we intro­duced a lot of fun games and activ­i­ties. Some key take-aways for par­tic­i­pants were: There are fre­quent­ly different,…

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The Executive Brain and How our Minds Can Grow Stronger

Sep­tem­ber 8, 2006  |

Last week I had the plea­sure to meet with our sci­en­tif­ic advi­sor Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg, renowned neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist and author of The Exec­u­tive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civ­i­lized Mind and The Wis­dom Para­dox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Old­er  Let me sum­ma­rize some of the key over­all research find­ings out­lined in…

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Exercising our brains at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Sep­tem­ber 7, 2006  |

Just came back from a pre­sen­ta­tion at the San Fran­cis­co Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute, where am teach­ing a class this fall. This OLLI  is part of a net­work of more than 80 cen­ters sup­port­ed by the Osh­er Foun­da­tion. It is the third time I lead this class, and am look­ing for­ward to anoth­er fun experience.…

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On being “smart” and building neural connections

August 24, 2006  |

Your ques­tions — Patri­cia: Is it pos­si­ble to improve intel­li­gence and become “smarter” and what does it real­ly mean to be “smarter”? — Thomas: What could I do to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly cre­ate more and more neur­al con­nec­tions (increase IQ)? Dr. Gamon responds: As we age, our brains accu­mu­late an ever larg­er col­lec­tion of pat­terns. This gives…

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Physical Fitness and Brain Fitness

August 13, 2006  |

- Lau­ra asks, “How impor­tant is body fit­ness to mind fit­ness? And which caus­es which: body fit­ness increas­es mind fit­ness, or mind fit­ness increas­es body fit­ness?” — Rachel: “Have you looked much into how more tra­di­tion­al phys­i­cal exer­cise can lead to bet­ter men­tal health?” Dr. Gamon responds: Very good ques­tions. For years, there has been…

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About this Blog

August 8, 2006  |

Your Win­dow into the Brain Fit­ness Rev­o­lu­tion aims to offer a mix of fun brain teasers and seri­ous com­men­tary, focused on the appli­ca­tions of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science on health, edu­ca­tion and train­ing. Our mis­sion is to make brain/ mind/ men­tal fit­ness avail­able to all by rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness and help­ing nav­i­gate neu­ro­­­science-based prod­ucts and pro­grams, a.k.a.…

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SHARPBRAINS Advi­sors is an inde­pen­dent think-tank and con­sult­ing firm pro­vid­ing ser­vices at the fron­tier of applied neu­ro­science, health, lead­er­ship and innovation.
SHARPBRAINS Advi­sors es un think-tank y con­sul­toría inde­pen­di­ente pro­por­cio­nan­do ser­vi­cios para la neu­ro­cien­cia apli­ca­da, salud, lid­er­az­go e innovación.

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