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Upcoming: Grand Rounds Blog Carnival and Brain Fitness Q&A

Just a quick note to announce that next Tues­day, Novem­ber 15th, SharpBrains.com will be host­ing two great resources:

1- Grand Rounds Blog Car­ni­val: the week­ly col­lec­tion of what’s best in the health and med­ical blo­gos­phere (see great lat­est edi­tion Here). If you want to con­tribute your own blog post, please do so via this Con­tact Us form.
2- Live Q&A Ses­sion with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, coau­thor of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (recent­ly select­ed as one of the Best Books on Brain Fit­ness by AARP). Ses­sion will take place at 11am Pacif­ic Time/ 2pm East­ern Time, and will be mod­er­at­ed by Har­ry Moody, Direc­tor of Aca­d­e­m­ic Affairs at AARP. To learn more click Here.

Please make sure to vis­it us Tues­day!

    Debunking 10 Cognitive Health and Fitness Myths

    As part of the research behind the book The Sharp­Brains Guide for Brain Fit­ness we inter­viewed dozens of lead­ing cog­ni­tive health and fit­ness sci­en­tists and experts world­wide to learn about their research and thoughts, and have a num­ber of take-aways to report.

    What Santiago Ramon y Cajal can we clear­ly say today that we couldn’t have said only 10 years ago? That what neu­ro­science pio­neer San­ti­a­go Ramon y Cajal claimed in the XX cen­tu­ry, “Every man can, if he so desires, become the sculp­tor his own brain”, may well become real­i­ty in the XXI.

    And trans­form Edu­ca­tion, Health, Train­ing, and Gam­ing in the process, since Read the rest of this entry »

    Encephalon brain & mind blog carnival

    New edi­tion of Encephalon, the selec­tion of recent blog posts on brain & mind top­ics, this time host­ed by Mike at Ion­ian Enchant­ment. Enjoy Encephalon’s #75 edi­tion!

    Encephalon brain & mind blog carnival

    A new edi­tion is out, this time host­ed by David at Neu­ronar­ra­tive. Vis­it Encephalon #74 edi­tion if you have an appetite for great brain & mind blog­ging, and some time to relax and enjoy!

    Encephalon #61: Brain & Mind Reading for the Holidays

    Wel­come to the 61st edi­tion Encephalon brain blog carnivalof Encephalon, the blog car­ni­val that offers some of the best neu­ro­science and psy­chol­o­gy blog posts every oth­er week.

    We do have an excel­lent set of arti­cles today. cov­er­ing much ground. Enjoy the read­ing:

    Neu­ro­science and Soci­ety

    Neu­roan­thro­pol­o­gy,
    by Greg Downey
    The Fly­nn Effect: Trou­bles with Intel­li­gence
    Aver­age IQ test scores had risen about 3 points per decade and in some cas­es more. Tests of vocab­u­lary, arith­metic, or gen­er­al knowl­edge (such as the sorts of facts one learns in school) have showed lit­tle increase, but scores have increased marked­ly on tests thought to mea­sure gen­er­al intel­li­gence.
    Mind­Hacks,
    by Vaugh­an Bell
    Med­ical jar­gon alters our under­stand­ing of dis­ease
    Under­stand­ing how pop­u­lar ideas influ­ence our per­son­al med­ical beliefs is an essen­tial part of under­stand­ing med­i­cine itself.
    Cog­ni­tive Dai­ly,
    by Dave Munger
    Is it sex­ist to think men are angri­er than women?
    Are we more like­ly to per­ceive a male face as angry and a female face as hap­py? A recent study sheds light on the issue.
    Neu­r­o­crit­ic Crime, Pun­ish­ment, and Jer­ry Springer
    Judges and jurors must put aside their emo­tion­al­ly-dri­ven desire for revenge when com­ing to an impar­tial ver­dict. Does neu­roimag­ing (fMRI) add any­thing to our under­stand­ing of jus­tice?

    Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and Neu­rocog­ni­tive Health Read the rest of this entry »

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