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Brain teaser: How many haircuts do you think happen in America every year?

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Google’s infa­mous brain-teas­er inter­view ques­tions don’t pre­dict per­for­mance (Busi­ness Insid­er):

Google built a rep­u­ta­tion for ask­ing brain-teas­er ques­tions like “How many hair­cuts do you think hap­pen in Amer­i­ca every year?” They’re sup­posed to test, in the­o­ry, how you tack­le a big prob­lem ana­lyt­i­cal­ly Read the rest of this entry »

Survey: Growing demand for digital psychotherapies to help veterans deal with substance abuse, depression, problem solving and insomnia

e-mental-healthVet­er­ans go for dig­i­tal psy­chother­a­py (Health­care IT News):

Com­put­er­ized psy­chother­a­pies, or CPTs, hold great inter­est for vet­er­ans receiv­ing out­pa­tient treat­ment, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in Telemed­i­cine and e‑Health. The study, rely­ing on infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed by 151 vet­er­ans receiv­ing treat­ment in a Vet­er­ans Health Admin­is­tra­tion sub­stance use dis­or­der out­pa­tient clin­ic, showed vet­er­ans were Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-train­ing games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

Want to train your brain? Work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst (or similar)

Brain Firing NeuronsMen­tal­ly stim­u­lat­ing jobs keep your mind sharp post-retire­ment (Tech Times):

If you want to stay sharp in your gold­en years, it’s best to get the hard yards in ear­ly — a new study has found that peo­ple with men­tal­ly demand­ing jobs fare bet­ter in the years after retirement.…Mental acu­ity and mem­o­ry reten­tion was found to be high­er in retirees who had spent their careers in men­tal­ly stim­u­lat­ing roles, such as Read the rest of this entry »

Promoting Mental Agility through Cognitive Control and Mental Representation

The words, The Agile Mind cap­tured my atten­tion imme­di­ate­ly. The title con­veyed ener­gy, inno­va­tion, change, bounc­ing on a tram­po­line in my head. I knew that inves­ti­gat­ing the book would be an adven­ture.

As soon as the book The Agile Mind by Wilma Kout­staal was in my hands, I explored the 24-page index, look­ing for my favorite top­ic, prob­lem-solv­ing think­ing. On page 29 I accessed a brand new take on the intu­itive ver­sus ratio­nal prob­lem solv­ing chal­lenge. A cen­tral aspect of men­tal agili­ty Read the rest of this entry »

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