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February Update: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century

Wel­come to the Feb­ru­ary edi­tion of Sharp­Brains month­ly eNewslet­ter:

First Report of the Coun­cil on the Age­ing Soci­ety: Glob­al Pol­i­cy jour­nal pub­lish­es the full Pol­i­cy Prin­ci­ples and call to action out­lined by the Glob­al Agen­da Coun­cil on the Age­ing Soci­ety, an ini­tia­tive run by the World Eco­nomic Forum which our CEO Alvaro Fer­nan­dez was hon­ored to join in 2008.

Love Your Brain:  Did you remem­ber to love your brain on St. Valen­tine’s Day? Let Dr. Mar­i­an Dia­mond show why we bet­ter do so –and how.


Who will Ben­e­fit From Train­ing?  New research shows that mea­sur­ing brain activ­i­ty pat­terns can pre­dict who may ben­e­fit most from tran­ing inter­ven­tions ‑and who may not. Please note that the Kramer lab involved in this research is now offer­ing a post­doc­tor­al fel­low­ship.

A Quick Test to Detect Ath­letes’ Con­cus­sions:  This new test can be per­formed at the side­line of sport­ing events to help detect con­cus­sions by look­ing at dif­fer­ent types of eye move­ments.

The Best Way to Learn: Tak­ing a test in which you recall what you have read seems to be a much bet­ter strat­e­gy than either study­ing the mate­r­ial repeat­edly or draw­ing detailed dia­grams of what you are learn­ing.


Brain Train­ing Games for Seniors: Don­al O’Brien, from Queens Uni­ver­si­ty at Belfast, tells us about what moti­vates seniors to use a brain train­ing app.

Do Cross­word Puz­zles Help to Coun­ter­act the Aging Process? If so, Which Ones and How? Researcher Nick Almond com­pares the stim­u­la­tion poten­tial of two dif­fer­ent types of cross­words: gen­er­al knowl­edge and cryp­tic.

Vit­a­min D and Cog­ni­tive Decline: This study sup­ports that patients with vit­a­min D defi­ciency show an increased risk of cog­ni­tive decline.

Baby Sleeps and Brain Devel­op­ment: How much sleep a 12 month old baby gets can influ­ence the devel­op­ment of his/her exec­u­tive func­tions.

PTSD: Can we Dis­rupt the Recon­sol­i­da­tion of Trau­mat­ic Mem­o­ries? A dis­cus­sion of the dif­fer­ent tech­niques used/ under research that can help PTSD patients.


Books and Summit Updates

Visu­al Illu­sions in Art and Sci­ence: These sur­pris­ing clas­sic illu­sions illus­trate how art and mag­ic can help sci­ence in under­tans­ing how we per­ceive the world around us.

2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit Agen­da: You can now view the lat­est Agen­da for the whole Sum­mit and a 3‑minute clip to learn how the Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Retool­ing Brain Health for the 21st Cen­tu­ry (March 30th — April 1st) will work.


Brain Teaser

Mea­sure your Men­tal Speed and Flex­i­bil­i­ty: Final­ly, let us chal­lenge you to try this fun and inter­ac­tive ver­sion of the famous Stroop test.

Brain Research Interview Series

We are work­ing on improv­ing sev­er­al sec­tions of our web­site, espe­cial­ly our Resources sec­tion. It will look much bet­ter in a few days. Our first step has been to re-orga­nize our Neu­ro­science Inter­view Series, and below you have how it looks today.

Dur­ing the last 18 months I have had the for­tune to inter­view over 15 cut­ting-edge neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive psy­chol­o­gists on their research and thoughts. Here are some of our favorite quotes (you can read the full inter­view notes by click­ing on the links):

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Why do You Turn Down the Radio When You’re Lost?


You’re dri­ving through sub­ur­bia one evening look­ing for the street where you’re sup­posed to have din­ner at a friend’s new house. You slow down to a crawl, turn down the radio, stop talk­ing, and stare at every sign. Why is that? Nei­ther the radio nor talk­ing affects your vision.

Or do they?
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