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This Outdated Approach To Productivity Is Bad For Your Brain (Fast Company):

“Your car has parts that perform specific tasks. The radiator cools the engine. The spark plugs ignite the gas. The intake manifold distributes air and gas evenly to the cylinders. We think of a car this way because a car is a machine.

For most of the 20th century, scientists mapped the brain in the same way Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (twenty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at baseline interview. Source: Study linked below.

 

 

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of fascinating brain studies and emerging thinking and tools for lifelong mental health and performance. Happy reading!

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Finally, thank you very much to the 191 registered participants in our very stimulating April 21st virtual lecture. You should already have received access to the full recording and other materials, but please contact us if you have any problem.

Have a great month of May!

The SharpBrains Team

To boost creativity, combine systematic daily effort with diverse emotional states

jazz_creativityMapping Creativity in the Brain (The Atlantic):

“The writer Edith Wharton, a self-professed “slow worker,” dismissed the idea of easy creative triumph. “Many people assume that the artist receives, at the outset of his career, the mysterious sealed orders known as ‘Inspiration,’ and has only to let that sovereign impulse carry him where it will,” she wrote in her 1925 book The Writing of Fiction. The artistic impulse, she continued, was instead achieved through “systematic daily effort.”

But while she championed diligence, Wharton was also driven by Read the rest of this entry »

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Creative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beautiful Minds blog):

“In his 2004 book “Creativity is Forever“, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people…In her own review of the creativity literature, Bonnie Cramond found that many of these same traits overlap to a substantial degree with behavioral descriptions of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)– including Read the rest of this entry »

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