You might enjoy skiing or hiking. But do you feel at home in the mountains? Do you feel connected to the wilderness? According to a new study, that sense of being “home” in nature could be linked to your life satisfaction and personal growth, at least for young people. Another new study of older people finds that a connection to nature seems to make them happier and more willing to help others.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Frates, Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, will speak at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28–30th) about How front-line professionals can incorporate the emerging brain health toolkit to their practices.
Dr. Elizabeth (Beth) Frates is trained as a physiatrist as well as a health and wellness coach. [Read more…] about Elizabeth Frates, Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Life Medicine, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Authors: Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being (UW-Madison News):
“Neuroscientists should help to develop compelling digital games that boost brain function and improve well-being, say two professors specializing in the field in a commentary article published in the science journal Nature. In the Feb. 28 issue, the two — Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester and Richard J. Davidson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison — urge game designers and brain scientists to work together to design new games that train the brain, producing positive effects on behavior, such as decreasing anxiety, sharpening attention and improving empathy.”
To Learn More:
- National Science Foundation report: Can interactive media boost attention and well-being? (open access)
- Nature commentary (requires subscription)
- Learning with Video Games: A Revolution in Education and Training?
Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session yesterday on holistic brain health with clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of Save Your Brain. You can learn more about the full Brain Fitness Q&A Series Here.
Perhaps one of the best exchanges was: [Read more…] about Transcript: Paul Nussbaum on Meditation, Neuropsychology and Thanksgiving
When you think of how the PC has altered the fabric of society, permitting instant access to information and automating processes beyond our wildest dreams, it is instructive to consider that much of this progress was driven by Moore’s law. Halving the size of semiconductor every 18 months catalysed an exponential acceleration in performance.
Why is this story relevant to modern neuroscience and the workings of the brain? Because transformative technological progress arises out of choice and the actions of individuals who see potential for change, and we may well be on the verge of such progress. [Read more…] about SharpBrains Council Monthly Insights: How will we assess, enhance and repair cognition across the lifespan?
Have you read the cover story of the New Scientist this week: Mental muscle: six ways to boost your brain?
The article, which includes good information on brain food, the value of meditation, etc., starts by saying that: “Brain training doesn’t work, but there are lots of other ways to give your grey matter a quick boost.” Further in the article you can read “… brain training software has now been consigned to the shelf of technologies that failed to live up to expectations.”
Such claims are based on the one study widely publicized earlier this year: the BBC “brain training” experiment, published by Owen et al. (2010) in Nature.
What happened to the scientific rigor associated with the New Scientist?
As expressed in one of our previous posts: “Once more, claims seem to go beyond the science backing them up … except that in this case it is the researchers, not the developers, who are responsible.” (See BBC “Brain Training” Experiment: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly).
Read our two previous posts to get to the heart of the BBC study and what it really means. As Alvaro Fernandez and Dr. Zelinski explore the potential scientific flaws of the study, they both point out that there are very promising published examples of brain training methodologies that seem to work.