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Virtual “Brain Games” roundtable: Why we can, and SHOULD, train our brains

brainGames_new seasonIn prepa­ra­tion for the new sea­son of Nation­al Geo­graph­ic’s Brain Games, start­ing this Sun­day Feb­ru­ary 14th, their pro­duc­ers asked us to par­tic­i­pate in a vir­tu­al round­table around this thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tion:

Do you think indi­vid­u­als can train their brain to respond in a par­tic­u­lar way to cer­tain sit­u­a­tions, or do you think our brain’s innate “star­tle response” is too hard­wired to alter?

Short answer: Read the rest of this entry »

Brain fitness tips to improve concentration and memory



Concentration–or atten­tion– and mem­o­ry are two cru­cial men­tal skills and are direct­ly relat­ed. In fact, many mem­o­ry com­plaints have noth­ing to do with the actu­al abil­i­ty to remem­ber things: They come from a fail­ure to focus prop­er­ly on the task at hand.

For exam­ple, when you don’t remem­ber where you parked your car Read the rest of this entry »

How to incorporate mindfulness into psychotherapy

Sitting Together: Mindfulness-based psychotherapyMind­ful­ness is good for you. In thou­sands of stud­ies, moment-to-moment, non-judg­men­tal atten­tion has been shown to improve well-being, strength­en rela­tion­ships, increase focus and atten­tion, and even boost our immune sys­tems.

So it’s no sur­prise that ther­a­pists have tak­en an inter­est in using mind­ful­ness with their patients. The poten­tial for ben­e­fit is clear­ly great. But how can ther­a­pists actu­al­ly incor­po­rate mind­ful­ness into their prac­tice? And, is it always help­ful to patients?

To get answers to these ques­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: MRI scan technicians can experience negative neurocognitive effects

MRI work­ers expe­ri­ence tran­sient neu­rocog­ni­tive effects (News Med­ical):

Indi­vid­u­als work­ing in the vicin­i­ty of mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing (MRI) machines may expe­ri­ence tran­sient neu­rocog­ni­tive effects when mov­ing their heads, research demonstrates…Study par­tic­i­pants who com­plet­ed stan­dard­ized Read the rest of this entry »

Research: How Exercise Benefits the Brain

How Exer­cise Ben­e­fits the Brain (NewYork Times):

To learn more about how exer­cise affects the brain, sci­en­tists in Ire­land recent­ly asked a group of seden­tary male col­lege stu­dents to take part in a mem­o­ry test fol­lowed by stren­u­ous exer­cise.

First, the young men watched a rapid-fire line­up of pho­tos with the faces and names of strangers. After a break, they tried to recall the names they had just seen as the pho­tos again zipped across a com­put­er screen. Read the rest of this entry »

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