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Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle

Please enjoy this fun brain teas­er, pro­vid­ed by puz­zle mas­ter Wes Car­roll.

The Empty Triangle:

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Question:

Which num­ber should be placed in the emp­ty tri­an­gle?  Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Study Debunks Four Common Myths About Brain Training and Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement

Time for a new edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ e-newslet­ter explor­ing the lat­est in brain health.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Final­ly, if you’re look­ing for some extra men­tal stim­u­la­tion, don’t for­get to check out our Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illu­sions.

Have a great month of March!

The Sharp­Brains Team

Testing and training cognitive ability: Key Neurotech Patent #16

training cognitive ability

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174

Today we are fea­tur­ing a key 2003 patent assigned to Cog­nifit ltd — fas­ci­nat­ing to reflect how the brain train­ing field has evolved in 14 years! (As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date)

U.S. Patent No. 6,632,174: Method and Appa­ra­tus for test­ing and train­ing cog­ni­tive abil­i­ty

  • Assignee(s): Cog­nifit ltd
  • Inventor(s): Shlo­mo Breznitz
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: Neu­rocog­ni­tive Train­ing
  • Issue Date: Octo­ber 14, 2003

SharpBrains’ Take:

The Detailed Descrip­tion of the ‘174 patent accu­rate­ly con­tex­tu­alis­es the teach­ings of the patent when it recites “the present inven­tion uti­lizes analy­sis, men­tal exer­cise and inter­ven­tion in an attempt to increase cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, improve speed of reac­tion, and train both func­tion­al cog­ni­tive atten­tion­al, per­cep­tu­al, and lin­guis­tic abil­i­ties and var­i­ous aspects of mem­o­ry.” Read the rest of this entry »

New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk

dementia-progressionDemen­tia Risk Declines, And Edu­ca­tion May Be One Rea­son Why (NPR):

Some encour­ag­ing news in the bat­tle against Alzheimer’s dis­ease and oth­er forms of demen­tia: The rate at which old­er Amer­i­cans are get­ting these con­di­tions is declin­ing. That’s accord­ing to Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive training can help maintain driving mobility

Driving2Brain train­ing could add years behind the wheel (Futu­ri­ty):

Old­er adults who par­tic­i­pate in train­ing designed to improve cog­ni­tive abil­i­ty are more like­ly to con­tin­ue dri­ving over the next 10 years than those who don’t, research shows.

For a new study, pub­lished in Read the rest of this entry »

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