How does memory training lead to cognitive benefits? Aaron Seitz, director of the Brain Game Center for mental fitness and well-being at the University of California, Riverside, has wrestled with this question for several years.
Now he and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the UC Irvine School of Education; and Anja Pahor, formerly a postdoctoral researcher at UCR; are ready to address it by launching a nationwide project that seeks to engage 30,000 people in different variants of memory training through apps developed by the Brain Game Center.
Draw the letter J in your mind.
Now draw the letter D. Turn it 90 degrees to the left and put it in top of the J.
What does this shape resemble? [Read more…] about Three quick brain teasers to exercise your working memory
Imagine spending the summer polishing your PhD thesis in the library. Every day you take the subway, a train going up North to the university.
One day you realize that the trains going South can bring you to the beach. Nothing is wrong with some leisure. You calculate that if you spend half of the remaining summer vacation in the library that should be enough to finish the thesis. To spice up the summer, [Read more…] about Brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?
In the image above –courtesy of Heathrow Express– you can see 27 trains on the tracks.
Quick. Can you spot the outlier?
“A University of California, Irvine-led study has found that online brain game exercises can enable people in their 70s and even 80s to multitask cognitively as well as individuals 50 years their junior. This is an increasingly valuable skill, given today’s daily information onslaught, which can divide attention and be particularly taxing for older adults [Read more…] about Can trained older brains outperform untrained younger ones at demanding cognitive tasks? Quick answer: YES
We’re getting ready to celebrate our amazing human brains and minds next week. Please join us and many others around the globe!
Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more.
When: March 11–17th, 2019
Learn more HERE about the many resources and activities available. And here you have some articles we believe you’ll enjoy reading and sharing:
- To harness neuroplasticity, start with enthusiasm
- What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity and Dance
- The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains
- How learning changes your brain
- Why you turn down the radio when you’re lost
- 8 Tips To Remember What You Read
- Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging
- Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress
- 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health
- Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age