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Trend: Directly addressing (not just accommodating) learning disabilities

brain_constructionNew take on learning disabilities: change the brain (Komo News):

“A new school in Redmond might change the way we think about learning disabilities. Instead of teaching kids how to accommodate a difficulty, the school hopes to actually change the brains of students, eliminating the disability altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training works: Study finds 10-year benefit from 10-hour training

Brain TrainingBrain training helped older adults stay sharp for years -study (Reuters):

  • “A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 years after the course ended, according to results from the largest study ever done on cognitive training.  Read the rest of this entry »

Learning with Video Games: A Revolution in Education and Training?

In recent years, we have witnessed the beginnings of a revolution in education.  Technology has fundamentally altered the way we do many things in daily life, but it is just starting to make headway in changing the way we teach.  Just as television shows like Sesame Street enhanced the passive learning of information for kids by teaching in a fun format, electronic games offer to greatly enhance the way kids and adults are taught by actively engaging them in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teasers: A Good Laugh

Laughing feels good. Laughing is indeed good in most cases. A good belly laugh amounts to an aerobic exercise as your blood pressure and heart rate increase, your breathing changes and your diaphragm contracts. Laughing has also been shown to boost the immune system and reduce stress.

Laughing is thus good for your brain! Here are two fun ways to take a further look at laughter and the brain :

  • Listen to these laughs and decide whether it is a human or a computer laughing.
  • Try this to find out how much you are stressed. You may be surprised…

Enjoy!

Brain Games to Test Your Memory

Ready to see how well you can remember random words or, more difficult, names?

Click here to test your brain.

You will also be able to check your mental speed with a reaction time test. All 3 exercises will give you an idea of where you are at compared to other people of the same age.

To improve your performance, you may want to read this post before trying the games: How can I improve concentration and memory?

Enjoy. Hope your brain surprises you!

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