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Good news: Apparently neither Google nor smartphones are frying our brains

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Researchers look at how brain power is affected by digital technologies (CBC News):

“…how much is our reliance on smartphones as memory aides affecting the way our brains work?

Two psychologists from the University of Waterloo — Evan Risko and Sam Gilbert — looked at the research that has been done in the field of “cognitive offloading” Read the rest of this entry »

10 ways in which Yoga Meditation helps nourish Body, Brain and Mind

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An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today.

Curious about what that practice is? Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Shift work chronically impairs cognition


Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Function (Forbes):

“According to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cognitive skills such as thinking, reasoning and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pattern — and seen to be much greater for those working a rotating shift pattern Read the rest of this entry »

12 Ways Yoga Meditation Helps Nourish The Body, Brain and Mind

An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today.

Curious about what that practice is?

Recently The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m the founding president and medical director, presented a summary of Read the rest of this entry »

Update: How Stress and Emotions Impact Brain Performance

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Time for the October edi­tion of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter, featuring this time several articles on the impact of stress, emotions, and self-regulation, on our brain’s structure and performance.

We are pleased to bring to Sharp­Brains read­ers a new 6-part series on the Neu­ro­bi­ol­ogy of Stress, based on a recent book by Sharp­Brains con­trib­u­tor Dr. Jerome Schultz. The first two parts are already available: Part 1 – The Human Brain and How It Responds to Stress and Part 2 – Gray Matters.

Brain Study Links Emotional Self-Regulation and Math Performance: A new study strongly suggests the need to “help stu­dents reap­praise the sit­u­a­tion and con­trol emo­tions before they even get into a task”. While the study focused on math anxiety and performance, the implications are relevant outside the classroom too.

Reminder: Brain Fitness Q&A Sessions in November: As we announced a few weeks ago, we are hon­ored to present an upcom­ing Brain Fit­ness Q&A Series. The first session, featuring Dr. Gary Small, will take place Novem­ber 1st, 2011, 2-3pm US Eeastern Time. Please mark your calendar and join us at sharpbrains.com then! (no need to do anything prior to the session).

Music Training Can Enhance Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function: Very inter­est­ing new study pub­lished in Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence on the value of music training (vs. simply listening to music).

Gaming and Neuroscience: Opportunities and Challenges: A summary of impressions by researcher  Aki Nikolaidis based on his participation in the recent conference Enter­tain­ment Soft­ware and Cog­ni­tive Neu­rother­a­peu­tics Con­fer­ence (ESCoNS) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Fran­cisco.

Families’ Perspectives on ADHD and its Treatment: Dr. David Rabiner presents new data on fam­i­lies’ expe­ri­ence with ADHD and its treat­ment.

Brain Games and Optical Illusions @ National Geographic: Sev­eral Sharp­Brains friends rec­om­mend this recent 3-part National Geo­graphic TV mini-series.

Math Brain Teaser for Kids and Adults: Archimedes Grave: A fun puzzle to exer­cise our brains a bit, sub­mit­ted by new con­trib­u­tor Maria Lando. Enjoy!

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