A recent study shows that work plays an active role in keeping our brains healthy. “We have demonstrated the role of working activity on cognitive performance”. Professor Raffaella Rumiati says … “Many studies have been focused on the factors influencing our brain aging and differences in cognitive decline have been often observed in association with education or other related to quality of life. From our analysis it emerges that the type of work activity also contributes to the differences in normal and pathological cognitive aging”. [Read more…] about Complex occupations help protect our brains from aging-related cognitive decline
Education & Lifelong Learning
A few years ago, I asked a sample of adults to think about all of the disagreements that they have with other people, from minor disagreements about relatively unimportant issues to major disagreements about important matters. Then, I asked them to estimate the percentage of disagreements they have with other people in which they are the one who is correct.
Only 4% of the respondents indicated they were right less than half of the time, and only 14% said they were right half of the time. The vast majority—a whopping 82%—reported that, when they disagreed with other people, they were usually the one who was right! (Pause a moment to ask yourself the same question: In what percentage of the disagreements that you have with other people are you the one who’s right?) [Read more…] about Could I be wrong? Exploring research on cognitive bias, curiosity, intellectual humility, and lifelong learning
The Lancet Commission: One Third of Dementia May Be Preventable (Lancet report release):
“Today’s findings are extremely hopeful,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, chief science officer at the Alzheimer’s Association. “At an individual level, many people have the potential to reduce their risk of cognitive decline, and perhaps dementia, through simple, healthful behavior changes. At a public health level, interventions based on this evidence could be extremely powerful in managing the global human and economic costs of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.” [Read more…] about Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors
“Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these conditions is declining. That’s according to [Read more…] about New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk
You may have already seen in the news that the U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Better World (NPR):
“At the United Nations General Assembly this weekend in New York, U.N. member states are set to adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years [Read more…] about Smart brains in action: 17 Sustainable Develoment Goals (SDGs) To Build A Better World
Time for SharpBrains’ July 2014 e‑newsletter, featuring a wealth of thought-provoking insights, science reports…and this fun brain teaser to determine your stress level.
- Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer
- Preliminary Agenda of the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28–30th)
- Debunking Myers-Briggs personality test
- How to remember what you read
- Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?
- Study: Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD in only 12 sessions?
- News: Launch of Brain Start-up Challenge on August 1st
- Brain Resource raising $7m to expand corporate brain wellness offerings
- Under what conditions can mindfulness courses help health care workers manage stress and burnout?
- Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus
- One more reason to improve education and cardiovascular health in developing countries
- How big data can augment brain health clinical research
Finally, you may also want to try this teaser to test your cognitive biases.
Enjoy, and have a great month of August!
The SharpBrains Team