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Update: Meditation-based mental training can lead to clear –yet surprisingly varied– cognitive and emotional benefits

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains month­ly e-newslet­ter, dis­cussing lat­est think­ing, research and tools for life­long brain health and men­tal health.

Enjoy!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

 

Last but not least, we invite you try these 25 brain teasers and games when you have some down­time dur­ing the sum­mer — fas­ci­nat­ing, aren’t they?

Have a great month of August,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Study finds clear–yet surprisingly different–benefits in 3 types of meditation-based mental training

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As cit­i­zens of the 21st cen­tu­ry, we face many prob­lems that come with an indus­tri­al­ized and glob­al­ized world. I’m not a lawyer or a politi­cian, but a psy­chol­o­gist and neu­ro­sci­en­tist. So research on how to train help­ful men­tal and social capac­i­ties is my way to con­tribute to a more healthy, com­mu­nal, and coop­er­a­tive civ­i­liza­tion.

For the past five years, that research has tak­en the form of the ReSource Project, one of the longest and most com­pre­hen­sive stud­ies on the effects of med­i­ta­tion-based men­tal train­ing to date. Lots of research treats the con­cept of med­i­ta­tion as a sin­gle prac­tice, when in fact med­i­ta­tion encom­pass­es a diver­si­ty of men­tal prac­tices that train dif­fer­ent skills and dif­fer­ent parts of the brain. Our goal was to study the spe­cif­ic effects of Read the rest of this entry »

Nike launches mental training app to help soccer players win the mental game

nike-pro-geniusNike Moves into Brain Train­ing with Launch of Pro Genius (Cre­ativ­i­ty):

Nike has made its first move into the world of men­tal train­ing with the launch of Pro Genius, a series of tools and tech­niques designed to help young soc­cer play­ers devel­op the men­tal side of their game Read the rest of this entry »

eNewsletter: Aerobic and mental training, combined, can significantly improve brain and cognitive health

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Time for a new edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ eNewslet­ter, cov­er­ing a range of brain, health and inno­va­tion top­ics. Enjoy!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

And, a couple of fun brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of March!

The Sharp­Brains Team

Study: Combining aerobic and mental training can significantly improve mental and cognitive health

mental_physical_training(Editor’s Note: Hat tip to co-author Tj Shors for bring­ing this fas­ci­nat­ing new study to our atten­tion)

It is wide­ly accept­ed that aer­o­bic exer­cise and med­i­ta­tion train­ing are use­ful behav­ioral ther­a­pies for reme­di­at­ing clin­i­cal symp­toms of depres­sion. How­ev­er, no study to date has assessed the com­bined effects of the two behav­ioral inter­ven­tions. Here, we present data indi­cat­ing that Read the rest of this entry »

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