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Status quo is not enough: Common tests for Mild Cognitive Impairment lack both sensitivity and specificity

misdiagnosisCur­rent screen­ing meth­ods miss wor­ri­some num­ber of per­sons with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment (Sci­enceDai­ly):

Mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment (MCI) is a slight but notice­able and mea­sur­able decline in cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, such as remem­ber­ing names or a list of items. While changes may not be severe enough to dis­rupt dai­ly life, a clin­i­cal diag­no­sis Read the rest of this entry »

To boost attention and other cognitive skills, learn AND continually practice a second language

language learningStudy: Short-term lan­guage learn­ing boosts cog­ni­tive agili­ty (UPI):

Stud­ies have shown learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can improve a vari­ety of cog­ni­tive functions…Scottish researchers found that stu­dents demon­strat­ed improved atten­tion abil­i­ties after just a week of lan­guage learn­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 SharpBrains Articles of 2015

hippocampus_brainThese are the 10 most pop­u­lar arti­cles with sharpbrains.com read­ers in 2015, cov­er­ing every­thing brain-relat­ed from lat­est research find­ings to healthy liv­ing tips and emerg­ing neu­rotech­nolo­gies:

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

2. To har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, start with enthu­si­asm

brain_hands_large3. The Ten Habits of High­ly Effec­tive Brains

4. How learn­ing changes your brain

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

6. 10 neu­rotech­nolo­gies about to trans­form brain enhance­ment and brain health

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

8. 8 Tips To Remem­ber What You Read

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

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

 

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Have a great 2016!

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez & the Sharp­Brains Team

#5. Quick brain teasers for adults to flex two key mental muscles: attention and working memory

brain teasers for adults.

Look­ing for some fun, and free, cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exer­cise your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while work­ing on inte­grat­ing, pro­cess­ing it. Giv­en them a try…they are not as easy as they seem. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neonatal MRI scans of preterm children can help predict cognitive and academic problems, and guide early interventions

Localized brain regions associated with early mathematics

Pre­dict­ing future cog­ni­tion in preterm chil­dren with MRI (Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press blog):

In the wake of the devel­op­ment of advanced neona­tal inten­sive med­ical care, more and more chil­dren born preterm man­age to beat the pre­vi­ous­ly tough odds…While this is one of the suc­cess sto­ries of mod­ern med­i­cine, long-term fol­low-up of pre­ma­ture-born pedi­atric cohorts show that…Many chil­dren will expe­ri­ence cog­ni­tive prob­lems that will Read the rest of this entry »

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