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AARP, TINA.org and the National Consumers League join forces to challenge Prevagen memory improvement claims

Cred­it: TINA.org

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Pre­vagen Mem­o­ry Study Falls Short (Truth in Adver­tis­ing):

In 2011, four years after launch­ing Pre­vagen, Wis­con­sin-based Quin­cy Bio­science embarked on a study to prove that the active ingre­di­ent in the sup­ple­ment — apoae­quorin — improves mem­o­ry. It did not yield the results Quin­cy was hop­ing for. In fact, the Madi­son Mem­o­ry Study failed to show a sta­tis­ti­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in the treat­ment group over the place­bo group — sci­en­tist speak for Pre­vagen wasn’t any bet­ter than a place­bo at improv­ing mem­o­ry. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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