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Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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At-Home Cog­ni­tive Reme­di­a­tion May Pro­vide Med­ica­tion-Free Symp­tom Relief for Neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal Issues Asso­ci­at­ed with Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (press release):

Cog­ni­tive impair­ment is one of the core symp­toms of mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS)—and one of its most trou­bling con­cerns for many peo­ple with the con­di­tion. Now, a new study from NYU Lan­gone Med­ical Cen­ter may pro­vide hope for symp­to­matic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

Growing evidence that brain health requires personalized, multi-pronged interventions

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The Right Dose of Exer­cise for the Aging Brain (New York Times):

A small amount of exer­cise may improve our abil­i­ty to think as we age, but more may not be bet­ter, accord­ing to a new study of exer­cise and cog­ni­tion…

In gen­er­al, the researchers found, most of the exer­cis­ers showed improve­ment in their think­ing skills…but these gains were about the same whether peo­ple had exer­cised for 75 min­utes a week or 225 min­utes Read the rest of this entry »

Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language

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What hap­pens in the brain when you learn a lan­guage? (The Guardian):

Learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered when they used brain scans to mon­i­tor what hap­pens when some­one learns a sec­ond lan­guage. The study is part of Read the rest of this entry »

Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish?

Portada_ComoInvertirEnSuCerebroTime for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-Newslet­ter, this time fea­tur­ing the glob­al launch of our new book, in Span­ish, Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro: Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida, avail­able already as a soft-cov­er and e-book!

–> If you speak Span­ish, please get a copy for your­self. Tam­bién puede ver el video de la char­la de pre­sentación aquí (comien­za en el min­u­to 5), y leer el artícu­lo Esculpir el cere­bro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.

–> If you don’t speak Span­ish, please share this with some­one who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been work­ing quite hard over the last year to deliv­er a great adap­ta­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness to “la lengua de Cer­vantes” — the jury is now out.

Some oth­er news…

Brain Health Sci­ence & Prac­tice:

Dig­i­tal Brain Health Indus­try & tech­nol­o­gy:

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Final­ly, please keep in mind that March 10–16th is 2014 Brain Aware­ness Week. Let’s all find a way to cel­e­brate and invest in our most pre­cious resource!

 

Being Bilingual Enhances Executive Functions and Brain

Bilin­gual­ism Asso­ci­at­ed With Brain Reor­ga­ni­za­tion Involv­ing Bet­ter Effi­cien­cy in Exec­u­tive Func­tions, Research Finds (Sci­ence News)

Find­ings are very impor­tant because they show an unknown aspect of bilin­gual­ism, which goes beyond lin­guis­tic advan­tages, and they also show bilin­guals are more effec­tive in respond­ing to cer­tain stim­uli,” explains researcher Cesar Avi­la, who ensures the research shows that bilin­gual­ism does not only have effects on the brain at a lin­guis­tic lev­el, but that it also works dif­fer­ent­ly, empha­siz­ing the impor­tance of intro­duc­ing lan­guages at an ear­ly age because it gen­er­ates cog­ni­tive ben­e­fits.

Jour­nal Ref­er­ence: G. Garbin, A. San­juan, C. Forn, J.C. Bus­ta­mante, A. Rodriguez-Pujadas, V. Bel­loch, M. Her­nan­dez, A. Cos­ta, C. Ávi­la. Bridg­ing lan­guage and atten­tion: Brain basis of the impact of bilin­gual­ism on cog­ni­tive con­trol. Neu­roIm­age, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.05.078

This study sup­ports anoth­er one we com­ment­ed on a few years ago on how Bilin­gual brains stay sharp longer:

In short: learn­ing and speak­ing a for­eign lan­guage pro­vides con­stant brain exer­cise to the frontal lobes, the area of the brain right behind your fore­head that focus­es our atten­tion, helps us ignore dis­trac­tions, and make deci­sions.”

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