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To reach your cognitive potential across the whole lifespan, augment healthy lifestyle with brain training

BrainFitnessTrajectoryCan You Get Smarter? (The New York Times):

A few years back, a joint study by BBC and Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty neu­ro­sci­en­tists put brain train­ing to the test…There was, how­ev­er a glim­mer of hope for sub­jects age 60 and above…Unlike the younger par­tic­i­pants, old­er sub­jects showed a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in ver­bal rea­son­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Why financial analysts should grab a paint brush and a canvas (and artists do more math)

Which Brain Exer­cis­es Improve Mem­o­ry Best? (Reader’s Digest):

The exer­cis­es you do to keep your mind sharp may not be enough to improve mem­o­ry over time, but new research from the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness reveals bet­ter ways to boost your brain health…If you can breeze through the Sun­day puz­zle, you are not doing your mind any favors. That’s because the key to a vibrant, healthy brain includes chal­lenge and novelty…keep your brain fit with new activ­i­ties that test var­i­ous skills; a finan­cial ana­lyst may want to grab a paint brush and a can­vas, for exam­ple. Even play­ing dif­fer­ent types of puzzles–a cross­word today, Sudoku tomorrow–is bet­ter than doing the same type over and over again.”

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The New York Times starts to pay attention: Exercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

mind_childExer­cis­ing The Mind to Treat Atten­tion Deficits (The New York Times):

Poor plan­ning, wan­der­ing atten­tion and trou­ble inhibit­ing impuls­es all sig­ni­fy laps­es in cog­ni­tive con­trol. Now a grow­ing stream of research sug­gests that strength­en­ing this men­tal mus­cle, usu­al­ly with exer­cis­es in Read the rest of this entry »

From crosswords and sudoku to individualized brain training

brainsMind Games? Gyms For The Brain Avail­able Online (Investor’s Busi­ness Dai­ly):

  • If your New Year’s res­o­lu­tion is exer­cise — exer­cise your brain, that is — then cyber­space might be just the place for you… Read the rest of this entry »

Research: How Exercise Benefits the Brain

How Exer­cise Ben­e­fits the Brain (NewYork Times):

To learn more about how exer­cise affects the brain, sci­en­tists in Ire­land recent­ly asked a group of seden­tary male col­lege stu­dents to take part in a mem­o­ry test fol­lowed by stren­u­ous exer­cise.

First, the young men watched a rapid-fire line­up of pho­tos with the faces and names of strangers. After a break, they tried to recall the names they had just seen as the pho­tos again zipped across a com­put­er screen. Read the rest of this entry »

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