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The New York Times starts to pay attention: Exercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits

mind_childExer­cis­ing The Mind to Treat Atten­tion Deficits (The New York Times):

Poor plan­ning, wan­der­ing atten­tion and trou­ble inhibit­ing impuls­es all sig­ni­fy laps­es in cog­ni­tive con­trol. Now a grow­ing stream of research sug­gests that strength­en­ing this men­tal mus­cle, usu­al­ly with exer­cis­es in Read the rest of this entry »

No matter what the media says…you need both physical and mental exercise”

Liz ZelinskiQues­tion by Anton Gold­berg:
What sur­prised me the most in your inter­view was when you said that phys­i­cal exer­cise does­n’t help improve mem­o­ry as much as men­tal exer­cise does. I get the oppo­site impres­sion when read­ing media reports. Can you point out the research that sup­ports your view? And, if true, why isn’t the media doing a bet­ter job at explain­ing the sci­ence? Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function

exercise and brainStudy Finds Aer­o­bic Exer­cise Improves Mem­o­ry, Brain Func­tion and Phys­i­cal Fit­ness (press release):

  • A new study con­duct­ed by researchers at the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas at Dal­las pub­lished online in the open-access jour­nal Fron­tiers in Aging Neu­ro­science found that engag­ing in a phys­i­cal exer­cise reg­i­men helps healthy aging adults improve their mem­o­ry, brain health and phys­i­cal fit­ness. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2013 e‑newsletter, which fea­tures a vari­ety of arti­cles offer­ing a more opti­mistic and evi­dence-based approach to brain and men­tal health than cur­rent prac­tices.

First of all, let us high­light that Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can just pub­lished an excel­lent review of our new book. The author sums it up by say­ing that “…I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger…I find the emerg­ing field of neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty immense­ly excit­ing, and guides like this one are both hope­ful and rea­son­able.” As a read­er points out, the word “awe­some” does not appear often in sci­ence-ori­ent­ed publications…so we are espe­cial­ly proud to see the book mer­it such treat­ment.

New think­ing:

New sci­ence:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stim­u­lat­ing June!

What is the combined effect of physical and mental training?

exercisePhys­i­cal exer­cise and men­tal exer­cise are both ben­e­fi­cial for the brain. Each can improve brain func­tions and decrease risks of cog­ni­tive decline over time. This rais­es the ques­tion of their com­par­a­tive and com­bined effects: Is one bet­ter than the oth­er? Are their ben­e­fits addi­tive (1 + 1 =2) or per­haps even syn­er­gis­tic (1 + 1 =3)? Read the rest of this entry »

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