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5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Look­ing for some fun–and free–cognitive stim­u­la­tion over the week­end? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to chal­lenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capac­i­ty to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while work­ing on pro­cess­ing and inte­grat­ing it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Study: A personalized, multi-modal brain fitness program can help grow hippocampal volume and improve brain function

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– Fig­ure 2. MRI scans showed an 8.6% growth in the vol­ume of the hip­pocam­pus (HC) in one patient. (A): Base­line Brain MRI. (B): Post-pro­gram Brain MRI. ©: High­er mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of base­line hip­pocam­pal vol­ume. (D): High­er mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of the post-pro­gram hip­pocam­pal vol­ume

Can the brain shrink­age that hap­pens to us with aging be reversed? Can we actu­al­ly grow back our brain and boost our mem­o­ry in our 60s and 70s?

The answers seem to be Yes and Yes Read the rest of this entry »

Elizabeth Frates, Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Life Medicine, to speak @ 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit

BethFratesWe are proud to announce that Dr. Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Med­i­cine, will speak at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28–30th) about How front-line pro­fes­sion­als can incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolk­it to their prac­tices.

Dr. Eliz­a­beth (Beth) Frates is trained as a physi­a­trist as well as a health and well­ness coach. Read the rest of this entry »

Next in mental health, substance abuse: Preventive interventions to strengthen working memory

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Strong work­ing mem­o­ry puts brakes on prob­lem­at­ic drug use (Med­ical Xpress):

Ado­les­cents with strong work­ing mem­o­ry are bet­ter equipped to escape ear­ly drug exper­i­men­ta­tion with­out pro­gress­ing into sub­stance abuse issues…Most impor­tant in the pic­ture is exec­u­tive atten­tion, a com­po­nent of work­ing mem­o­ry that involves a person’s abil­i­ty to Read the rest of this entry »

New Summit Speakers: Thomas Insel (NIMH), Catherine Madison (CPMC), Rajiv Pant (NYT), and Mark Baxter (Rosetta Stone)

We are proud to announce four excel­lent addi­tions to the quite stel­lar Speak­er ros­ter at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28–30th):

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the Nation­al Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, will share his vision for a bet­ter brain health &  men­tal health sys­tem, and issue a call to action and inno­va­tion to get there
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the new Ray Dol­by Brain Health Cen­ter, will dis­cuss how front-line pro­fes­sion­als can improve stan­dards of cog­ni­tive care today
  • Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer at The New York Times, will chair a fas­ci­nat­ing ses­sion on how to scale up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sen­sors
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Roset­ta Stone, will show how big data and videogames can help detect sub­tle changes in cog­ni­tion and per­son­al­ize cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness—> Learn more about the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28–30th). You can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014. Please join us!

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