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To screen, or not to screen (for dementia), that is still the question

A lead­ing group of med­ical experts on Tues­day declined to endorse cog­ni­tive screen­ing for old­er adults, fuel­ing a debate that has sim­mered for years.

The U.S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force said it could nei­ther rec­om­mend nor oppose cog­ni­tive screen­ing, cit­ing insuf­fi­cient sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence of the practice’s ben­e­fits and harms and call­ing for fur­ther stud­ies.

The task force’s work informs poli­cies set by Medicare and pri­vate insur­ers. Its rec­om­men­da­tions, an accom­pa­ny­ing sci­en­tif­ic state­ment and two edi­to­ri­als were pub­lished Tues­day in the Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Med­ical Asso­ci­a­tion.

The task force’s new posi­tion comes as con­cern mounts over a ris­ing tide of old­er adults with Alzheimer’s dis­ease and Read the rest of this entry »

Does music facilitate or impair cognitive task performance? It depends…


Does Music Boost Your Cog­ni­tive Per­for­mance? (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can):

Music makes life bet­ter in so many ways. It ele­vates mood, reduces stress and eas­es pain. Music is heart-healthy, because it can low­er blood pres­sure, reduce heart rate and decrease stress hor­mones in the blood. It also con­nects us with oth­ers and enhances social bonds. Music can even improve work­out endurance and increase our enjoy­ment of chal­leng­ing activ­i­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Train your brain to think outside the box with these fun riddles

– Con­cept art devel­oped for the Jun­gle Book movie by Annis Naeem


Q: What do our thought process­es have in com­mon with walk­ing through the jun­gle?
A: We only make real progress after acknowl­edg­ing going in cir­cles.

Q: What is the worst kind of echo?
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Quick brain teaser to workout your frontal lobes: Can you read this face?


Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg, in dis­cussing the human brain’s frontal lobes in his excel­lent book The Wis­dom Para­dox, high­lights that “exec­u­tive intel­li­gence” includes the abil­i­ty to “pen­e­trate oth­er people’s minds, and that starts with an inter­est in oth­er people’s minds.”

And, what is a good win­dow to “pen­e­trate oth­er people’s minds” and iden­ti­fy oth­er peo­ple’s emo­tions? Read the rest of this entry »

12 quick brain puzzles to welcome a sharp new year


Q: What is by far the most out­stand­ing and sur­pris­ing of all humankind’s suc­cess­es?
A: Wak­ing up in the morn­ing.

Q: Of our many tools, which is one of the most pow­er­ful, and yet the most pli­able?
A: Sta­tis­tics.

Q: Who insists that mind­less obe­di­ence is a sign of intel­li­gence?
A: All of us — when refer­ring to our pets. Read the rest of this entry »

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