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What is Working Memory? Can it Be Trained?

brain working memoryYou have prob­a­bly noticed the increas­ing amount of research and media cov­er­age focused on “work­ing mem­o­ry”. What is work­ing mem­o­ry? Why do we care? How can we best enhance it?

Work­ing mem­o­ry is the abil­i­ty to keep infor­ma­tion cur­rent in mind for a short peri­od, while using this infor­ma­tion for the task at hand. Work­ing mem­o­ry is sup­port­ed by regions of the frontal lobes (in blue here) and pari­etal lobes (in yel­low).

Let’s take a few con­crete exam­ples to under­stand in which sit­u­a­tions work­ing mem­o­ry is used. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Fitness Update: Use It and Improve It

Here you are have the bi-month­ly update with our 10 most Pop­u­lar blog posts. (Also, remem­ber that you can sub­scribe to receive our RSS feed, or to our newslet­ter, at the top of this page, if you want to receive this digest by email).Crossword Puzzles Brain fitness

In this edi­tion of our newslet­ter we bring a few arti­cles and recent news pieces that shed light on what “Use It or Lose It” means, and why we can start going beyond that to say “Use It and Improve It.”

The Neu­ron, The Brain, and Think­ing Smarter

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