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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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