Plus, if you’re still looking for New Year Resolutions, here you can find a few great ideas 🙂 [Read more…] about Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
To assist those looking for ideas, products and services in the brain training/ health area, either as holiday gifts or New Year Resolutions, let us share this resource: SharpBrains’ Checklist to evaluate Brain Training and Brain Health claims, including Ten Questions to Choose the Right Brain Fitness Program— and a brief explanation of why each question is important.
My interest in the brain stems from wanting to better understand both how to make school more palatable for students, and professional development more meaningful for faculty. To that end, I began my Neurons Firing blog in April, 2007, have been doing a lot of reading, and been attending workshops and conferences, including Learning & the Brain.
If you agree that our brains are designed for learning, then as educators it is incumbent upon us to be looking for ways to maximize the learning process for each of our students, as well as for ourselves. Some of what follows is simply common sense, but I’ve learned that all of it has a scientific basis in our brains. [Read more…] about 10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn — Ideas for New Year Resolutions
The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains
You have survived the 2007 shopping and eating season. Congratulations! Now it’s time to shift gears and focus on 2008…whether you write down some New Year resolutions or contemplate some things that you want to let go of from last year and set intentions and goals for this year — as is a friend’s tradition on the winter solstice.
To summarize the key findings of the last 20 years of neuroscience research on how to “exercise our brains”, there are three things that we can strive for: novelty, variety and challenge. If we do these three things, we will build new connections in our brains, be mindful and pay attention to our environment, improve cognitive abilities such as pattern-recognition, and in general contribute to our lifelong brain health.
With these three principles of brain health in mind — novelty, variety and challenge — let me suggest a few potential New Years resolutions, perhaps some unexpected, that will help you make 2008 a year of Brain Fitness: [Read more…] about 10 Brain Fitness New Year’s Resolutions
Roundup of several insightful articles and recent research:
Fish Oil May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s (Washington Post)
- “The omega‑3 fatty acids found in fish oil might play an important role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a research team at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).”- “Publishing in the Dec. 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, the scientists demonstrated that the omega‑3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) increases the production of LR11, a protein that is found at reduced levels in Alzheimer’s patients. LR11 is known to destroy the protein that forms the plaques associated with the disease, the researchers explained.”
— “Alzheimer’s is a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that causes memory loss, dementia, personality change and ultimately death. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that 5.1 million Americans are currently afflicted with the disease. The association predicts that may increase to between 11 million and 16 million people by 2050.”
‘Finding Alzheimer’s Before a Mind Fails’ (New York Times)
- “Ms. Kerley is part of an ambitious new scientific effort to find ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease at the earliest possible moment. Although the disease may seem like a calamity that strikes suddenly in old age, scientists now think it begins long before the mind fails.”
- “Many scientists believe the best hope of progress, maybe the only hope, lies in [Read more…] about Alzheimer’s Prevention and Diagnostic Tests