” … 19 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomized to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement. Participants were instructed to implement this information into their own lifestyles. The intervention group received the same online information, plus active components to assist with implementing this information into their lifestyles: dietitian sessions, an exercise physiologist session, and online brain training. [Read more…] about Study: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will.
The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond [Read more…] about Four ways hiking promotes cognitive and emotional health
About 13 years ago, I watched my very vital mother die a slow death from Lewy-Body dementia. For me, it was a wakeup call. If there were anything I could do to stay healthy myself—to avoid the slow decline of an aging brain—I wanted to do it. But what really helps us stay sharp longer? And how can we separate fad ideas from solid, evidence-based advice around aging? [Read more…] about Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
Time for the first SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter in the new decade, featuring a range of inspiring and (mostly) promising news about humankind’s evolving quest to enhance the brain and the mind, and a few fun brain teasers 🙂
- The NeuroGeneration and Humankind’s Quest to Enhance the Brain
- UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
- For Spanish speakers: watch presentation of El Cerebro Que Cura
- Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind
- Having ADHD costs $1.1 million in lower lifetime earnings, even when “treated”
- Reminder: Professional development opportunity with neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
- The birth of “everyday” brain-computer interfaces
- Growing interest in (and questions around) brain training centers for kids with special needs
- Neurotech seen at CES 2020: BrainCo prosthetic hand, Urgonight, Alpha-Stim X, NIRSIT Lite, Muse S and FocusFit
A few quick brain teasers to workout your prefrontal cortex:
Have a great February,
The SharpBrains Team
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us—how it strengthens our hearts and lungs, and helps us prevent diseases like diabetes. That’s why so many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions to move more, knowing it will make us healthier and live longer.
But many people don’t know about the other important benefits of exercise—how it can help us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage.
Around the world, people who are physically active are happier and more satisfied with their lives. They have a stronger sense of purpose and experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel more connected to their communities, and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed.
These benefits are seen throughout the lifespan, including [Read more…] about Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind
Too Much Exercise Can Tire Our Brains Out, Too (Discover Magazine D‑brief):
“For years, the National Institute of Sports, Exercise and Performance (INSEP) in France had been studying an unusual phenomenon. If an athlete’s workout regiments were ramped up, it didn’t always lead to a better performance — even if that athlete felt like they were working harder than before.
The organization called this phenomenon overreaching, and knew what the physical symptoms were. But the organization wanted to know if any symptoms of fatigue were appearing in the brain, too. New research says yes. [Read more…] about Study: Strenuous physical exercise may lead to cognitive –not just physical– fatigue