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Brain Training to Improve Driving Skills Using Video Games, For Teenagers and Older Adults
The New York Times just published an article, titled "Are You a Good Driver? Here's How to Find Out", that asked, "Can VideoGames make better drivers?". We analyze the article, and answer that question, by interviewing a top researcher in the field, Dr. Jerri Edwards. In short, we could reply YES: a well-designed video game CAN make one a better driver.
on 02 Apr 2008
Exercise Your Brain: Quick Brain Teasers to Test Your Memory and Thinking Skills
Here's a quick quiz to test your memory and thinking skills, which should work out important parts of your brain. See how you do! (Answers are below).
on 31 Mar 2008
What Every Parent and Educator Should Know About Enriching Young Brains and Minds
To learn important lessons for all parents and educators, we interview today Eric Jensen, a former middle school teacher and former adjunct professor for several universities including the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Jensen co-founded the Learning Brain Expo, a conference for educators, and has written 21 books on the brain and learning.
on 30 Mar 2008
Ten Findings on the State of the Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health Software Market
You probably have been reading much about "brain training" and "brain fitness" and wondered, "What is all the Fuss About?" After many months of work, we have just released our inaugural report on the emerging Brain Fitness Software Market, and we want to share Ten of the Key Findings with you.
on 18 Mar 2008
Why Do You Turn Down the Radio When You're Lost?: Multi-Tasking and the Brain 101
You're driving through suburbia one evening looking for the street where you're supposed to have dinner at a friend's new house. You slow down to a crawl, turn down the radio, stop talking, and stare at every sign. Why is that? Neither the radio nor talking affects your vision. turn down the radio, stop talking, and stare at every sign. Why is that? Neither the radio nor talking affects your vision. Or do they?
on 29 Feb 2008
Train Your Brain With a New $225m Gaming Market Based on Latest Research on Brain Health and Fitness
This past Tuesday, the MIT Club of Northern California and SmartSilvers sponsored an event on The Emerging Brain Fitness Software Market: Building Better Brains to explore the realities and myths of this growing field. An example is the line of Nintendo games, such as Brain Age and Brain Training, that have shipped over 15 million units worldwide despite limited scientific support, since 2005.
on 18 Feb 2008
Improving Brain Functioning For Healthy Aging: Interview with scientist Jerri Edwards
Have you been reading all about Brain Training? Today we are fortunate to interview Dr. Jerri Edwards, an Associate Professor at University of South Florida's School of Aging Studies and Co-Investigator of the influencial ACTIVE study. Dr. Edwards' research is aimed toward discovering how cognitive abilities can be maintained and even enhanced with advancing age.
on 10 Feb 2008
Asking 40 Important Health and Medical Questions to the Next US President
Dear Mr or Mrs Next US President, The health and medical blogosphere would like to make sure you and your team take into account the 40 issues outlined below as you and your aids formulate your policies and put together the team that will further define and implement them.40 different health bloggers have asked these questions that I now pose to you and your team.
on 30 Jan 2008
What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know About Learning and the Teenager Brain
Today we are fortunate to interview Dr. Robert Sylwester, a recognized educator of educators who has received multiple awards during his long career as a master communicator of the implications of brain science for education and learning. His most recent book is The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy (Corwin Press, 2007).
on 14 Jan 2008
10 Brain Health and Fitness New Year's Resolutions: Train Your Brain
Let me suggest 10 New Year's Resolutions that will help you make 2008 a year of Brain Health and Fitness, based on three key guidelines for brain health: the need for novelty, variety and challenge.
on 31 Dec 2007
Brain Training for Stress Management: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs
Stanford University's Robert Sapolsky and others have shown how chronic stress may contribute to the death of neurons in our brains. The question is how can one evaluate the many stress management programs out there? which ones are science-based? Probably the most promising area of scientific inquiry for stress management is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and in this article we summarize what MBSR is and where it comes from.
on 25 Dec 2007
Do Crossword Puzzles and Bridge Provide all the Brain Exercise You Need?
This is a question we often get asked in our classes and lectures. The quick answer is No. They are both very good activities, but we need more if we want to work on our memory and brain health. Read this article to learn why.
on 17 Dec 2007
Brain Training and Mind Games: Interview with Japanese Expert Go Hirano
Unless you are hiding in a cave, you will have heard about the latest Brain Training gaming trend that has taken over the USA, Europe and Japan. Today we are traveling to Japan, where the movement originated, to interview Go Hirano, a Japanese executive with experience in neuroscience and gaming.
on 08 Dec 2007
Use It or Lose It: The Theory and Practice of Brain Exercise and Fitness for Cognitive Health
Who has not heard "Use It or Lose It". Now, what is "It"? How do we best exercise it and help maintain it sharp? In this article we will give you a fun overview of how the brain works and 5 Tips to Exercise Your Brain.
on 03 Dec 2007
Enhance Happiness and Health by Cultivating Gratitude: Interview with Robert Emmons
Today we interview Prof. Robert Emmons, Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology and author of Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. Some of his key messages: the practice of gratitude can increase happiness levels by around 25%, this is not hard to achieve, and brings other health effects, such as longer and better quality sleep time.
on 02 Dec 2007
Emotional Intelligence, Reading Faces, and Meditation
emotions, also called facial "microexpressions", are the fleeting expressions that, believe it or not, you make when consciously or unconsciously trying to hide your true emotions. In conscious microexpressions you may be trying to lie, while with unconscious expressions, you may not even be aware of what they are truly feeling. Want to learn more?
on 19 Nov 2007
Are Yoga and Meditation Good for my Brain? A Scientific Take on Stress Management
Yes! Yoga, meditation, and visualization are all excellent ways to learn to manage your stress levels. Reducing stress, and the stress hormones, in your system is critical to your brain and overall fitness. In this article we explore the science behind stress and stress management and include some tips you can start using today.
on 03 Nov 2007
Cognitive Fitness and Health: 10 Debunked Myths on How Your Mind Works.
How does your brain work? Interested in improving it? Over the last year we have interviewed more than 10 leading neuroscientists and psychologists worldwide to learn about their research and thoughts, and have news to report. Read this article to learn about 10 common myths that deserve to be debunked.
on 02 Nov 2007
Information Overload? Seven Productivity and Learning Tips
Hundreds of thousands of new books, analyst reports, scientific papers published every year. Millions of websites at our googletips. The flow of data, information and knowledge is growing exponentially, stretching the capacity of our brains. Let me offer 7 Strategies that can help manage this flow of information better.
on 21 Oct 2007
Brain Fitness Vacations for Baby Boomers: Tips for Staying Sharp
Looking for new and stimulating travel ideas? Well, let us explain what a "Brain Fitness Vacation" is: "A brain fitness vacation is like a regular vacation, only you attend events, do exercises, and arrange for experiences that address the aspects of good brain health: physical exercise, mental exercise, good nutrition, and stress management."
Travel and leisure
on 20 Oct 2007
Top Ten Health, Wellness and Medical Science Trends, by very Smart Brains
The Aspen Health Forum just gathered an impressive group of around 250 people to discuss the most pressing issues in Health and Medical Science. Here you have the summary of the top Ten Trends discussed.
on 09 Oct 2007
Beck Diet: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person-and Maintain Weight Loss (Part 2)
Do you wonder why, after losing some pounds, you typically regain them quickly? Interested in discovering how to maintain your target weight? Read this interview with Dr. Judith Beck, Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and author of The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, a widely acclaimed book on how we can develop the mental skills required to sustain weight loss. Part 2 of 2.
on 01 Oct 2007
The Beck Diet: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person-and Maintain Target Weight (Part 1)
Do you wonder why, after losing some pounds, you typically regain them quickly? Interested in discovering how to maintain your target weight? Read this interview with Dr. Judith Beck, Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research and author of The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, a widely acclaimed book on how we can develop the mental skills required to sustain weight loss. Part 1 of 2.
on 30 Sep 2007
Stanford Media X Ten Innovation Trends: Robotics, Aging, Clean Tech, Brain, Gaming, Science and More
The goal of Stanford University Media X is to foster collaborations between industry and academia. The 5th Annual Media X Conference on Research, Collaboration, Innovation and Productivity, which I was fortunate to attend, served its purpose well. Let me share the 10 Key Innovation Trends that every business executive and innovator should be paying attention to.
on 16 Sep 2007
7 Quotes from Neuroscientists that Will Revolutionize Brain and Mind Health, Fitness and Wellness
Interested in improving your attention, memory, thinking skills, ability to manage stressful situations? Good news: "Recent research in neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to change in response to information and new activities - shows that brain cells and new pathways continue to develop throughout life...". I have interviewed many leading neuroscientists and experts, and I want to share with you 7 of my favorite quotes.
on 03 Sep 2007
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