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Study: Why Super Mario 3D World may train your brain better than Angry Birds

Stark_151124_01_1500_szPlay­ing 3-D video games can boost mem­o­ry for­ma­tion, UCI study finds (UCI News):

…Craig Stark and Dane Clemen­son of UCI’s Cen­ter for the Neu­ro­bi­ol­o­gy of Learn­ing & Mem­o­ry recruit­ed non-gamer col­lege stu­dents to play either a video game with a pas­sive, two-dimen­sion­al envi­ron­ment (“Angry Birds”) or one with an intri­cate, 3-D set­ting (“Super Mario 3D World”) for 30 min­utes per day over two weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

Calling high school students/ teachers to design creative experiments on the human brain

Design a Brain Exper­i­ment Com­pe­ti­tion, by the Dana Foun­da­tion:

The Dana Foun­da­tion is devot­ed to pro­mot­ing an inter­est in brain research in schools across the coun­try. Encour­ag­ing stu­dents to take an inter­est in sci­en­tif­ic research, espe­cial­ly relat­ed to the brain, is cru­cial, not only for stu­dents, but also for the future devel­op­ment of neu­ro­science. Read the rest of this entry »

The Mental Game: How High-Level Athletes Remain Calm and Focused

The Men­tal Prepa­ra­tion of High-Lev­el Ath­letes (brief­ing paper by the Dana Foun­da­tion):

Base­ball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra is cred­it­ed with say­ing that “90 per­cent of the game is half men­tal.” Over the years, the line has been appro­pri­at­ed beyond the world of base­ball to explain the impor­tance of fac­tors like focus and moti­va­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Awareness Week is Approaching: March 12–18th, 2012

Brain Aware­ness Week (BAW) is the glob­al cam­paign, orga­nized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Ini­tia­tives, to increase pub­lic aware­ness of the progress and ben­e­fits of brain research. Every March, BAW unites the efforts of part­ner orga­ni­za­tions world­wide in a cel­e­bra­tion of the brain for peo­ple of all ages. Events are Read the rest of this entry »

Experience Corps: Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social Involvement

The cur­rent issue of Cere­brum –a great pub­li­ca­tion of the Dana Foun­da­tion– includes the excel­lent in-depth arti­cle Pro­mot­ing Healthy, Mean­ing­ful Aging Through Social Involve­ment: Build­ing an Expe­ri­ence Corps, writ­ten by researcher Michelle Carl­son:

Over the last decade, sci­en­tists made two key dis­cov­er­ies that reframed our under­stand­ing of the adult brain’s poten­tial to ben­e­fit from life­long envi­ron­men­tal enrich­ment. First, they learned that the adult brain remains plas­tic; it can gen­er­ate new neu­rons in response to phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and new expe­ri­ences. Sec­ond, they con­firmed the impor­tance of Read the rest of this entry »

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