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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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