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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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