In the past two days, The New York Times has published twoÃ‚Â excellent articles onÃ‚Â brain and cognitive fitness. Despite appearing in separate sections (technology and editorial),Ã‚Â the twoÃ‚Â have more in common thanÃ‚Â immediately meets the eye. BothÃ‚Â raiseÃ‚Â keyÃ‚Â questions thatÃ‚Â politicians, health policy makers, business leaders,Ã‚Â educatorsÃ‚Â and consumersÃ‚Â shouldÃ‚Â pay attention to.
1) First, Exercise Your Brain, or Else You’ll … Uh …, by Katie Hafner (5/3/08). Some quotes:
- “At the same time, boomers are seizing on a mounting body of evidence that suggests that brains contain more plasticity than previously thought, and many people are taking matters into their own hands, doing brain fitness exercises with the same intensity with which they attack a treadmill.”