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Why, to improve memory, we need to think of the brain as a system

(Editor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with par­tic­i­pants in the e-course How To Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach. This is the light­ly edit­ed and anonymized tran­script from the Jan­u­ary Q&A ses­sion; the Feb­ru­ary Q&A will take place on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12th)

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Which activ­i­ties or games or web­sites do you rec­om­mend to improve mem­o­ry? Read the rest of this entry »

The Cognitive and Brain Fitness Benefits of Being Bilingual

The Cog­ni­tive Ben­e­fits of Being Bilin­gual (Cere­brum):

Today, more of the world’s pop­u­la­tion is bilin­gual or mul­ti­lin­gual than mono­lin­gual. In addi­tion to facil­i­tat­ing cross-cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion, this trend also pos­i­tive­ly affects cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Researchers have shown that the bilin­gual brain can have bet­ter atten­tion and task-switch­ing capac­i­ties than the mono­lin­gual brain, thanks to Read the rest of this entry »

Aerobic Exercise or Weight Training to Boost Brain Function?

Aer­o­bic exer­cise is the kind of exer­cise that has been con­sis­tent­ly shown to trig­ger the growth of both brain cells and new con­nec­tions between them, boost­ing cog­ni­tive func­tions. It has also been asso­ci­at­ed with low­er risks of devel­op­ing Alzheimer’s Dis­ease. Is it the case that oth­er types of phys­i­cal exer­cise can also ben­e­fit the brain? Evi­dence is more lim­it­ed, but a new study sug­gests that weight train­ing may be a like­ly can­di­date to do so. Read the rest of this entry »

Psych testing of executive functions may predict soccer success

Psych test­ing may pre­dict soc­cer suc­cess (UPI):
— “Psy­cho­log­i­cal test­ing could pre­dict the suc­cess of soc­cer play­ers by mea­sur­ing a cog­ni­tive phe­nom­e­non called “exec­u­tive func­tions,” Euro­pean researchers say.”

- “Sci­en­tists at Sweden’s Karolin­s­ka Insti­tute say they may have found the psy­cho­log­i­cal key to what has pre­vi­ous­ly been described as “game intel­li­gence” in suc­cess­ful soc­cer play­ers.”

Study: Exec­u­tive Func­tions Pre­dict the Suc­cess of Top-Soc­cer Play­ers. (PLoS ONE) Read the rest of this entry »

InterCure RESPeRATE: Brain Training Product Review Survey

As part of our ongo­ing mar­ket research we’d like to ask past and cur­rent users of Inter­Cure prod­ucts to share their expe­ri­ence with us via this 3-ques­tion anony­mous sur­vey.  Read the rest of this entry »

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