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Brain Teaser: Ready to stimulate those neurons in your temporal lobes?

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Lan­guage is processed in the tem­po­ral lobes, on the sides of your brain, next to you tem­ples.

Dif­fer­ent areas in the tem­po­ral lobes (most­ly on the left side) deal with dif­fer­ent aspects of lan­guage. For instance, the Wer­nicke area sup­ports your abil­i­ty to under­stand words. The Bro­ca area, on the oth­er hand, is the one that allows you to pro­duce lan­guage or artic­u­late words.

Let’s try a fun brain teas­er to help exer­cise your brain’s lan­guage areas Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain scans mapping language and memory areas can help guide epilepsy-related surgeries

---Language task fMRI and resting-state fMRI data from a presurgical patient with left temporal lobe epilepsy. Copyright Bradley Goodyear, Einat Liebenthal and Victoria Mosher.

—Lan­guage task fMRI and rest­ing-state fMRI data from a presur­gi­cal patient with left tem­po­ral lobe epilep­sy. Copy­right Bradley Goodyear, Einat Lieben­thal and Vic­to­ria Mosh­er.

Can brain scans help doc­tors nav­i­gate epilep­sy surgery? (UPI)

…When med­ica­tion doesn’t effec­tive­ly con­trol epilep­sy, surgery may be rec­om­mend­ed. Doc­tors can remove the part of the brain that trig­gers seizures or use cer­tain pro­ce­dures to con­trol seizure activ­i­ty.

Before surgery, how­ev­er, the brain must be “mapped” to ensure the regions respon­si­ble for lan­guage and mem­o­ry aren’t dam­aged dur­ing Read the rest of this entry »

To boost attention and other cognitive skills, learn AND continually practice a second language

language learningStudy: Short-term lan­guage learn­ing boosts cog­ni­tive agili­ty (UPI):

Stud­ies have shown learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can improve a vari­ety of cog­ni­tive functions…Scottish researchers found that stu­dents demon­strat­ed improved atten­tion abil­i­ties after just a week of lan­guage learn­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Under new CEO, Lumosity to expand brain training platform with focus on applied skills and broader social, wellness factors

lumosityLumosity’s Stum­ble Reveals How We Think About Think­ing (Buz­zFeed News):

The ads were per­va­sive, pop­ping up on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and Google search­es. And they were per­sua­sive: Play­ing Lumos­i­ty games would do your brain good…But these claims sound­ed a lit­tle too rosy to the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion, which Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspir­ing clar­inetist begins by get­ting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are pro­duced by the air she blows through it. A dri­ver must be acquaint­ed with var­i­ous vehi­cle fun­da­men­tals, such as adding gas, accel­er­at­ing, and read­ing the speedome­ter. It is no dif­fer­ent with the brain. Max­i­miz­ing your brain’s health and per­for­mance begins with a basic under­stand­ing of how it works and how it evolves across the lifes­pan.

The human brain evolved to help us oper­ate in com­plex, chang­ing envi­ron­ments by con­tin­u­al­ly learn­ing and adapt­ing. Suc­cess­ful­ly doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

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