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Why poor sleep and forgetfulness plague the ageing brain

Why poor sleep and forgetfulness plague the ageing brain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Shrinking cortex region is linked to sleep disturbances and memory impairment.
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Pamela Letterman's curator insight, February 3, 2013 12:15 PM

Shrinking cortex region.

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The Community Voice - Study: training the brain affects loss of memory

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Cognitive Fitness training really works!

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It’s Never Too Late: Even Late-Life Physical Activity Can Reduce Dementia Risk

The Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study had previously found that leisure-time physical activity in midlife was related to
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More interesting research about the importance of how exercise can help ward off dementia.

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Why grannies should spend time with kids - The Times of India

Why grannies should spend time with kids - The Times of India | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers have claimed that taking care of grandkids one day a week helps keep grandmothers mentally sharp.
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Spending some time with grandchildren can help cognitive fitness. However too much time can have negative effects!

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, April 11, 5:45 PM

I can believe this. Grandkids are the spice of life when you're older. You have to be on your toes to keep up with them. They create a bond like no other!

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Our Brains Have a Map for Numbers: Scientific American

Our Brains Have a Map for Numbers: Scientific American | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
It is as if there is a number line in our heads

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Ten-Year Effects of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Cognitive Training Trial on Cognition and Everyday Functioning in Older Adults - Rebok - 2014 - Journal of the ...

Ten-Year Effects of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Cognitive Training Trial on Cognition and Everyday Functioning in Older Adults - Rebok - 2014 - Journal of the ... | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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10 year study shows Cognitive Training really works!!

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Areas of the brain process read and heard language differently

Areas of the brain process read and heard language differently | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The brain processes read and heard language differently. Researchers have been able to determine the affected areas of the brain using speech processing tests with the aid of functional magnetic resonance tomography (fMRT).

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, March 8, 5:27 PM

I'm not sure that this is news but it looks like good evidence for the idea.  As the article suggests, it is also important for brain surgery.

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Kathrin Kollndorfer, Julia Furtner, Jacqueline Krajnik, Daniela Prayer, Veronika Schöpf. Attention shifts the language network reflecting paradigm presentation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2013; 7 DOI:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00809
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How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help

How Fat May Hurt the Brain, and How Exercise May Help | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Obesity may have harmful effects on the brain, and exercise may counteract many of those negative effects, new studies in mice suggest.
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If human brains react like mouse brains, we really need to turn our excess fat into muscle to help ward off cognitive decline!

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Checkmating Alzheimer’s Disease

Checkmating Alzheimer’s Disease | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Every 68 seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s disease. 14.5 million caregivers provided more than 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care, and the total cost of Alzheimer’s is projected to balloon from $203 billion in 2013 to $1.2 trillion by 2050. Medical science is still wrestling with cause and cure, but, as Michael Ciamarra explains, there is one treatment that seems to work: chess.
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Play chess to ward off dementia!

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Humans' memory of sound is weaker than for other stimuli

Humans' memory of sound is weaker than for other stimuli | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Iowa finds that humans have a harder time remembering things we have heard, compared with things we have seen or felt.
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Don't remember what you hear? Might not be your fault!!

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Taking your brain for a walk: the secret to delaying dementia

Taking your brain for a walk: the secret to delaying dementia | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Regular brisk walking three times a week increases the size of brain regions linked to planning and memory, a study has shown
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Just keep walking to ward off dementia!

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 26, 7:17 PM

I love this. Walking is wonderful. No matter what disease you have, walking will make you live longer and feel better.

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Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog

Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Exposure to blue light can improve reaction times, attention and boost brain waves, according to a new study.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, February 15, 6:15 PM

As the author states: "those who’d been exposed to blue light had faster auditory reaction times, better attention and their brain wave patterns suggested they were more alert–although they didn’t consciously feel any more alert."

So remove those red lights outside your house and put in blue bulbs instead. :-)

Elise Thygesen's curator insight, February 17, 12:13 AM

Interesting thoughts on augmenting attention!

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Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings

Phantom Melodies Yield Real Clues to Brain’s Workings | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Studying the brain of a woman who hallucinates piano melodies may help researchers understand how the mind make sense of the world.

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Fascinating!

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, February 13, 5:50 PM

This is something I haven't heard off - music hallucinations. The music is quite vivid but heard in the head of the sufferer.  It can be damped down whilst listening to other music. This is the basis of this study.

Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, February 20, 10:46 PM

A fascinating article for sure!

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102-Year-Old Cyclist Robert Marchand Sets World Record | TIME.com

102-Year-Old Cyclist Robert Marchand Sets World Record | TIME.com | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When your age hits the triple digits, it's like riding a bike
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This man is amazing! 102 and still going strong!

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Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Learn about the new discipline of neurogastronomy. Recommended reading for all food lovers!

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Right Brain Exercises to Stimulate Creative Thought - Udemy

Right Brain Exercises The world is awakening to the fact that there is more to the human mind's capability than what it's used for regularly. Whole brain thinking has the potential to change the world.
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Does brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions | SharpBrains

Does brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions | SharpBrains | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
In a modern society we are confronted with a wide range of increasingly abstract and interconnected problems. Successfully dealing with such an environment
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Seeing the results from our programs I am completely convinced that brain training does work!

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New pathway for neuron repair discovered

New pathway for neuron repair discovered | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A brand-new pathway for neuron repair has been discovered that could have implications for faster and improved healing after nerve damage. The research demonstrates, for the first time, that dendrites, the component of nerve cells that receive information from the brain, have the capacity to regrow after an injury.

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Exciting new research may lead to faster recovery after brain injury.

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Alice Parker's curator insight, February 5, 6:00 PM

Dendrites repair after injury.

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Effect of music-based multitask training on cognition and mood in older adults

Effect of music-based multitask training on cognition and mood in older adults | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Try Ageless Grace, the mind/body exercise program. It is a great way to enjoy music and exercise. Based on the concept of neuroplasticity it is suitable for both adults and kids!

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Your face says it all? Not so fast

Your face says it all? Not so fast | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
New research calls into question the very foundations of emotion science. It's a con­cept that had become uni­ver­sally under­stood: humans expe­ri­ence six basic emotions -- happiness, sad­ness, anger, fear, dis­gust, and surprise -- and use the same set of facial move­ments to express them. What's more, we can rec­og­nize emo­tions on another's face, whether that person hails from Boston or Borneo. The only problem with this con­cept, according to new research, is that it isn't true at all. Researchers have found that even basic human emotions are in fact not universally perceived.

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Interesting research that could affect the way we communicate with people.

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, March 6, 4:23 PM

Woah - scandal! One of the basic tenets of emotional psychology isn't necessarily true!  Well that's different...

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BrightStar Co-Sponsors Lake County's FREE Family Caregiver Conference Saturday March 8th - cogfitquest@gmail.com - Gmail

BrightStar Co-Sponsors Lake County's FREE Family Caregiver Conference Saturday March 8th - cogfitquest@gmail.com - Gmail | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Joanne and Charles from CogFit-Quest will be speaking at 1:30! Come join us for an interactive and fun brain training session!

 

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Improve your memory with super foods | MSU Extension

Improve your memory with super foods | MSU Extension | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Boost your memory by including super foods in your daily diet, along with brain exercises.
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I would add a glass of red wine and some chocolate to this list!

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Oxytocin, Parenting and Severe Behaviors

Oxytocin, Parenting and Severe Behaviors | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
How does the student learn from the fear-based teacher?
He does not.
Fear breeds fear.
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Oxytocin: the "love" hormone. How you can create it in your family!

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How to become a centenarian - 9 lessons from the people who've lived the longest. - Your Brain Health

How to become a centenarian - 9 lessons from the people who've lived the longest. - Your Brain Health | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Charlene Levitan's research shows about 30% of longevity is determined by our genes. "We can't choose our parents, but we can choose our lifestyle" says Dr Levitan
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For those of us who can't live in one of the places mentioned... we can still be mindful of the other tips!

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New study: How dogs know what you're feeling

New study: How dogs know what you're feeling | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When you hear a friend's voice, you immediately picture her, even if you can't see her. And from the tone of her speech, you quickly gauge if she's happy or sad. You can do all of this because your human brain has a "voice area." Now, scientists using brain scanners and a crew of eager dogs have discovered that dog brains, too, have dedicated voice areas. The finding helps explain how canines can be so attuned to their owners' feelings.
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Dog's brains have dedicated voice areas. Scientists finally prove what all dog lovers already know: your dog knows how you feel. Now I am waiting for them to do the same for cats!

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Brain-fitness industry caters to worried boomers

Brain-fitness industry caters to worried boomers | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Six women are seated in a room, playing Let's Go Shopping, a game in which they stock up at an imaginary grocery store. They aren't training to become better shoppers.
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