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Report calls for wide classroom-based adoption of ten brain fitness programs designed to improve foundational executive functions

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Nation­al Non­prof­it Releas­es Report Call­ing for Brain Fit­ness Inter­ven­tions in All U.S. Schools (press release):

Brain­Fu­tures released a report today that makes a clear case for inte­grat­ing proven brain fit­ness pro­grams into all U.S. class­rooms. Over a decade of research has shown that evi­dence-based pro­grams can improve stu­dents’ exec­u­tive func­tion skills and proso­cial behav­iors, which are more accu­rate pre­dic­tors of aca­d­e­m­ic readi­ness and life suc­cess than IQ or any oth­er per­for­mance mark­ers. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Trained older brains can outperform untrained younger ones at demanding cognitive tasks

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Time for Sharp­Brains e‑newsletter, fea­tur­ing the lat­est research, tools and think­ing for life­long brain health and men­tal well-being — and a cou­ple fun brain teasers 🙂

New brain research:

New neurotech and digital health:

New thinking on brain and mind:

And a couple fun brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of Sep­tem­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Test your cognitive flexibility with this fun brain teaser

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Ready to test your con­cen­tra­tion pow­ers and cog­ni­tive flex­i­bil­i­ty? Try this clas­sic brain teas­er, fun for kids and adults alike.

Quick! Say aloud what col­or you see in every word. Don’t read the word — say the col­or 🙂

Tougher than expect­ed, right? This brain teas­er is actu­al­ly called the Stroop Test and is often used in neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions to mea­sure exec­u­tive func­tions such as cog­ni­tive flex­i­bil­i­ty, inhi­bi­tion and self-reg­u­la­tion capa­bil­i­ty.

For more brain teasers and also visu­al illu­sions:

You say you can count? Check out this brief atten­tion exper­i­ment

Fun 25 Brain Teasers for Teens and Adults

Study: One-week brain training can increase cognitive flexibility and reduce OCD symptoms

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OCD symp­toms could be reduced with ‘brain-train­ing’ app, study says (UPI):

Peo­ple with obses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der could man­age their symp­toms, includ­ing exces­sive hand­wash­ing and con­t­a­m­i­na­tion fears, by using a “brain train­ing” app, accord­ing to its devel­op­ers.

Researchers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge in Britain, who test­ed Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility

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Dozens of pro­grams to encour­age resilience have been intro­duced in schools all over the world, both to help chil­dren recov­er from trau­ma, but also cope bet­ter with their day-to-day stress­es. Many use tech­niques such as Read the rest of this entry »

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