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Johns Hopkins study shows how brain training, if correctly targeted, can enhance cognitive and brain performance

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This training exercise boosts brain power, Johns Hopkins researchers say (Johns Hopkins release)

“One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: To improve brain health you need BOTH aerobic and cognitive exercise

— Neural networks. Photo credit: Radu Jianu, Brown University

Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits (Science Daily):

“Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas Read the rest of this entry »

Busy schedules linked to better memory and cognition among middle-aged and older adults

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Being Super Busy May* Be Good For Your Brain (Smithsonian Magazine):

“There hasn’t been much scientific research on busyness itself, although it’s something that we talk about so often,” explains Sara Festini, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity, a co-author of the new research published this week Read the rest of this entry »

Test your memory and reasoning skills with these American and international proverbs

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeMemory relies mostly on temporal (see green area, in image to the left) and frontal (in red) areas of the brain. These may be the areas that will get stimulated when you (assuming you are American or have lived in the US for long) try to remember the missing words in the American proverbs below.

However when it comes to internationals proverbs below you may have to use your reasoning skills more than your memory skills, as it is likely that you do not know these proverbs. In this case, the frontal exercise is more intense. Try to guess what the final words of each international proverb might be. Use your logical skills. Read the rest of this entry »

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

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