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“I am excited”: Making Stress Work for You, Instead of Against You

Image: The Yerkes-Dodson Law (YDL)

How much stress is good for you?

In 1908, Robert Mearns Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson designed an experiment that would begin to tackle the question, “How much stress is good for you?”

The researchers tracked mice to see how stress would affect their ability to learn. Simple—yet painful, because how do you stress out mice? Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neuroscientists pinpoint the brain and performance impact of a (perceived) judgmental audience

brain_scans_anxietyWhy your brain makes you slip up when anxious (Science Daily):

“As musicians, figure skaters and anyone who takes a driving test will know, the anxiety of being watched can have a disastrous effect on your performance…

In the new study, published in Scientific Reports, participants’ brain activity was monitored while Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?

brain-activity.

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions (NPR):

“Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Four Essential Yet Overlooked Facts About Your Brain

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ December 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of resources, brain teasers and articles. Enjoy the reading…and Happy Holidays!

Featured resources:

Brain teasers:

Research and industry news:

Please remember that we are hosting a number of webchats in January to discuss your impressions and questions about  The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013), so we hope you can spend some time reading the book over the holidays, and perhaps even discuss it with friends and relatives.

We wish you Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2014!

Nintendo Brain Training, bestseller in Europe

From a recent article:

Brain Training dominates ’08 Euro sales (CVG Online)

– “Overall, four of the ten bestselling DS games in both countries during the first six months of 2008 were in the brain training genre.”

– “According to data released by sales monitor Media Control GfK International, the DS’s heavyweight status in the European console market is closely tied to the popularity of Nintendo’s Brain Training series and other brain training titles.”

– “The biggest demand for brain games is in Germany and Holland”, the company said. More Brain Training was the bestselling title in Germany during the first six months of the year, while Brain Training topped the Dutch chart during the same period.

Fascinating. Will brain-training-induced employee-productivity-increase help turn around the looming recession? we’ll track closely the performance of German and Dutch economies!

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