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Study: Only 5% of US children ages 8–11 follow screen time, sleep and exercise guidelines recommended for brain development

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Lim­it­ing chil­dren’s screen time linked to bet­ter cog­ni­tion, study says (CNN):

Lim­it­ing kids’ recre­ation­al screen time to less than two hours a day, along with suf­fi­cient sleep and phys­i­cal activ­i­ty, is asso­ci­at­ed with improved cog­ni­tion, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in The Lancet Child & Ado­les­cent Health.

The study includ­ed about 4,500 US chil­dren ages 8 to 11 and mea­sured their habits against the Cana­di­an 24-Hour Move­ment Guide­lines for Chil­dren and Youth. It found that Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Think twice before taking Adderall as cognitive enhancer — it may worsen your working memory

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Dear read­er,

It’s time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e‑newsletter, start­ing in this occa­sion with an impor­tant arti­cle by Duke Uni­ver­si­ty’s Dr. David Rabin­er rais­ing con­cerns about the grow­ing non-med­ical use of ADHD drugs.

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

 

Last but not least, as you prob­a­bly know Sep­tem­ber is World Alzheimer’s Month. We’d like to help improve pub­lic knowl­edge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk fac­tors by mak­ing The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize your Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age eas­i­er to access and read.

From tomor­row Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 29th, until Mon­day, Octo­ber 1st, we’ll be run­ning a Kin­dle Count­down Deal via Ama­zon in which you can order the book with dis­counts of up to 90%.

We hope you enjoy the book and it helps you pro­tect your most impor­tant asset: your amaz­ing human brain.

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Have a great month of Octo­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

 

Evidence review: Cognitive training & remediation works, especially in schizophrenia and healthy aging

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Evi­dence That Com­put­er­ized Cog­ni­tive Train­ing Works (Psy­chol­o­gy Today)

Many peo­ple use com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive train­ing with the hopes of pre­vent­ing men­tal decline or improv­ing men­tal per­for­mance. But do these brain train­ing games actu­al­ly work?  Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Meditation-based mental training can lead to clear –yet surprisingly varied– cognitive and emotional benefits

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e‑newsletter, dis­cussing lat­est think­ing, research and tools for life­long brain health and men­tal health.

Enjoy!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

 

Last but not least, we invite you try these 25 brain teasers and games when you have some down­time dur­ing the sum­mer — fas­ci­nat­ing, aren’t they?

Have a great month of August,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Technology and the Cognition Crisis

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Our lives on this plan­et have improved in so many amaz­ing ways over the last cen­tu­ry. On aver­age, we are now health­i­er, more afflu­ent and lit­er­ate, less vio­lent and longer liv­ing. Despite these unprece­dent­ed pos­i­tive changes, clear signs exist that we are in the midst of an emerg­ing crisis–one that has not yet been rec­og­nized in its full breadth, even though it lurks just beneath the sur­face of our casu­al con­ver­sa­tions and swims in the under­cur­rents of our news feeds. This is not the well-known cri­sis that we’ve induced upon the earth’s cli­mate, but one that is just as threat­en­ing to our future. This is a cri­sis of our minds. A cog­ni­tion cri­sis Read the rest of this entry »

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