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Towards a new brain fitness culture: The mainstreaming of mindfulness meditation

mindfulnessThe main­stream­ing of mind­ful­ness med­i­ta­tion (The Week):

Sci­en­tif­ic research has shown that mind­ful­ness appears to make peo­ple both hap­pi­er and health­i­er. Reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion can low­er a per­son­’s blood pres­sure and Read the rest of this entry »

Want to train your brain? Work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst (or similar)

Brain Firing NeuronsMen­tal­ly stim­u­lat­ing jobs keep your mind sharp post-retire­ment (Tech Times):

If you want to stay sharp in your gold­en years, it’s best to get the hard yards in ear­ly — a new study has found that peo­ple with men­tal­ly demand­ing jobs fare bet­ter in the years after retirement.…Mental acu­ity and mem­o­ry reten­tion was found to be high­er in retirees who had spent their careers in men­tal­ly stim­u­lat­ing roles, such as Read the rest of this entry »

The Link between Brain, Stress and Creativity

Stress Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Break­through Ideas? (Stan­ford Busi­ness):

  • If the brain is expe­ri­enc­ing high­ly phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly arous­ing emo­tions asso­ci­at­ed with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excite­ment and seek com­fort instead. Stud­ies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »

Employee Assistance Programs enhance corporate wellness with brain training

Com­pa­nies turn to brain games to tack­le work stress (For­tune):

As more and more jobs rely on knowl­edge work, cre­ativ­i­ty, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, it’s not enough to have work­ers sit­ting at their desks — they must also be men­tal­ly sharp, emo­tion­al­ly present, and free from dis­trac­tion. The answer for some: brain train­ing.

The fun, game atmos­phere of My Brain Solu­tions helped Nation­wide achieve anoth­er goal: mak­ing the employ­ee assis­tance pro­gram Read the rest of this entry »

Navigating The Many Dangers of Experience

As with “expert,” the root of expe­ri­ence is “experiri,” a Latin word mean­ing “to try out.” Peo­ple with a lot of expe­ri­ence should be will­ing to try new things, as their knowl­edge should pro­vide more con­text and points of view, enable more explo­ration of an issue, and min­i­mize risk with deci­sions. How­ev­er, high­ly expe­ri­enced peo­ple tend to fall into the habits of the past. Once we have accu­mu­lat­ed a valu­able base of knowl­edge, expe­ri­ence pro­vides a use­ful short­cut for deci­sion mak­ing. Rely­ing on expe­ri­ence is very fast and very effi­cient, but it is also poten­tial­ly very dan­ger­ous. Oper­at­ing with the least effort pos­si­ble, the brain retrieves what­ev­er quick­ly seems to fit. We apply past pat­terns to the future. Rather than call upon its amaz­ing cre­ativ­i­ty, too often the brain works as noth­ing but a huge stor­age bin of prece­dents.

Because “close is good enough” as our brain fills in the blanks, we Read the rest of this entry »

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