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Brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation cognitive abilities

Mental self-rotation is the cognitive ability to imagine yourself in different locations in space, and to imagine your body moving in space. We need it for everyday activities such as finding a place or reading a map. The ability involved is technically called egocentric spatial transformations (yes, that is the scientific expression) or mental self rotation, and the brain areas primarily involved are the parietal lobes.

Here’s an example.

mental rotation brain teaser

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Daniel Ferguson: Big Data opens a world of opportunity in health, psychology, neuroscience

Daniel Ferguson

Daniel Ferguson

Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? 
I am mostly intrigued by brain training and behavioral response using neuro/biofeedback and augmented/virtual reality.

What is one important thing you are working on now, and where can people learn more about it? 
We are working on ways to leverage augmented reality for fully immersive experiences that can impact mood. Read the rest of this entry »

How can Big Data help upgrade brain care?

You can now enjoy the slide deck from this session, which took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th). Read the rest of this entry »

Aetna Behavioral Health leaders to speak at 2013 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit

We’re glad to announce two more excel­lent speak­ers at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th.

Louise MurphyLouise Mur­phy, MA, LPC, CEAP is the Head of Aetna Behav­ioral Health in Hart­ford, CT. Louise led the team that launched Aetna’s EAP brand in July 2004, and con­tin­ues to spear­head devel­op­ment of new pro­grams and prod­ucts for both the EAP and Behav­ioral Health divi­sion. Louise is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton, where she received her Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy as well as her under­grad­u­ate degree in Indus­trial and Orga­ni­za­tional Psy­chol­ogy. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

We have always thought that “our brain shapes us.” I wrote my new book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (May 2012; Free Press, Foreword by Norman Doidge), to prove that the reverse is equally true. I wanted to demonstrate how “we can shape our brains.”

Imagine having a brain that is capable and incapable at the same time. Growing up, I had severe learning disabilities. I lived in a world that was confusing and incomprehensible. As I was to later discover, a critical part of my brain was not working properly, the end result being that all language was experienced as foreign and my translator was Read the rest of this entry »

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