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Selection of articles and brain teasers to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018


Please join us next week in cel­e­brat­ing Brain Aware­ness Week 2018  (March 12–18th), the annu­al glob­al cam­paign orga­nized by the Dana Foun­da­tion to increase pub­lic aware­ness about the progress and ben­e­fits of brain research.

You can attend some of the many activ­i­ties world­wide (here’s the BAW’s Inter­na­tion­al Cal­en­dar of events), and also enjoy and share some of our most pop­u­lar arti­cles and brain teasers:

1. Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illu­sions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age

2. How learn­ing changes your brain

3. To har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, start with enthu­si­asm

4. The Ten Habits of High­ly Effec­tive Brains

5. Why you turn down the radio when you’re lost

6. Can you grow your hip­pocam­pus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it mat­ters

7. 10 neu­rotech­nolo­gies about to trans­form brain enhance­ment and brain health

8. What Edu­ca­tors and Par­ents Should Know About Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and Dance

9. Five rea­sons the future of brain enhance­ment is dig­i­tal, per­va­sive and (hope­ful­ly) bright

10. What are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties and how to boost them?

11. 8 Tips To Remem­ber What You Read

12. Solv­ing the Brain Fit­ness Puz­zle Is the Key to Self-Empow­ered Aging

13. Six tips to build resilience and pre­vent brain-dam­ag­ing stress

14. Can brain train­ing work? Yes, if it meets these 5 con­di­tions

15. 20 Must-Know Facts to Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and Improve Brain Health

Have a great Brain Aware­ness Week 2018!


Let’s improve Brain Health Literacy during Brain Awareness Week 2018


Please join us in get­ting ready to cel­e­brate Brain Aware­ness Week 2018 (March 12–18th), the annu­al glob­al cam­paign orga­nized by the Dana Foun­da­tion to increase pub­lic aware­ness about the progress and ben­e­fits of brain research.

To learn about activ­i­ties in your area, please vis­it BAW’s Inter­na­tion­al Cal­en­dar of events.

And remem­ber you don’t need to trav­el any­where to improve your brain health lit­er­a­cy and to adopt smarter, brain-friend­ly habits. Here are ten use­ful facts and tips com­ing from the hun­dreds of sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies ana­lyzed to pre­pare the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Improve Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age:

1. Genes do not deter­mine the fate of our brains. As evi­denced by life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, our lifestyles are even more impor­tant than our genes in shap­ing how our brains grow and our minds evolve. Read the rest of this entry »

News you can use: To improve memory, exercise brain and body at the same time


Time for Sharp­Brains’ eNewslet­ter  track­ing the lat­est think­ing, research and tools for brain health.

This month we fea­ture five fas­ci­nat­ing inter­views at the fron­tier of applied neu­ro­science and a recent study sug­gest­ing that “Per­form­ing mem­o­ry train­ing exer­cis­es at the same time as ped­al­ing a sta­tion­ary bike led to bet­ter gains in mem­o­ry than doing the train­ing exer­cis­es after work­ing up a sweat…”

Enjoy the read!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:


Final­ly, you may want to learn about cog­ni­tion and men­tal self-rota­tion with these quick brain teasers.

Have a great month of March,

The Sharp­Brains Team

Update: Why monitoring Typing Cadence may help detect early Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease

Above: Pat­tern of Typ­ing Cadence in 52-year-old male with Parkinson’s. Source: Neu­raMetrix


Time for Sharp­Brains’ first eNewslet­ter in 2018, offer­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing sneek peek into the rapid­ly grow­ing toolk­it to mea­sure and improve brain health.

(And don’t miss the fun teas­er at the end!)

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:



Final­ly, a quick brain teas­er. What do you see first, ani­mals or peo­ple?


Have a great month of Feb­ru­ary!

What do you see first, animals or people?

Cour­tesy Matt Lieber­man, author of “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Con­nect”


Try hard, try dif­fer­ent, and you’ll see both 🙂

For more visu­al illu­sions and brain teasers:

For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work:


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