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Do Animals Get Dementia? How to Help Your Aging Pet

Wild animals usually don't live long enough to suffer cognitive decline, but domestic pets can be susceptible, experts say.
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Teach an old dog a new trick? Yes most definitely - it will help ward off dementia!

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Blood proteins can predict dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment - Alzheimer's Society

Blood proteins can predict dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment - Alzheimer's Society | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The Guardian Blood proteins can predict dementia in people with mild cognitive impairment Alzheimer's Society A number of proteins in the blood could predict the transition between mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia, according to research...
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What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted

What Neuroscience Teaches About Creativity, Stress and Getting Promoted | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

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Brain games that could pay off in retirement - MarketWatch

Brain games that could pay off in retirement MarketWatch Outside of academia, brain fitness has become a big business: the brain training and cognitive assessment market reached an estimated $1.3 billion in 2013, up from an estimated $210 million...
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Good night's sleep essential for cognitive health | WBHI Think Tank

Good night's sleep essential for cognitive health | WBHI Think Tank | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
“We wanted to look at aging, particularly dementia and cognitive decline as people get older, and the importance of sleep. Our results provide compelling evidence that sleep matters a lot,” said lead author Theresa E.
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This study indicates that one should sleep more than 6 hours, but less than 9 to stay in top mental condition. Too little sleep also contributes to weight gain- so plan to get your beauty rest!

 

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Science fiction come true: Moving a paralyzed hand with the power of thought

Scientists in Ohio test an ambitious new technique for restoring some motion to victims of spinal injury (Don't know how it connects to the Mental Exercises that I teach, but I'm sure it does.
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The power of the brain...

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Where Personal Memories Take Root

Where Personal Memories Take Root | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A new study lends weight to the notion that every memory of a personal experience is spread out across many neurons in the hippocampus, not stored in a single neuron in that region of the brain.
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Could Dancing the Night Away Ward off Alzheimer’s?

Could Dancing the Night Away Ward off Alzheimer’s? | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
It's common knowledge that dancing is a great form of exercise, offering cardio benefits as well as training in flexibility and balance. But studies have recently proven another, less expected benefit.
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If you want to try a really fun dance form try NIA, part martial arts, part healing arts and part dance. This can be done by anyone at any level! www.nianow.com

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Can You Trust Your Ears? (Audio Illusions) - YouTube

Should you believe your ears and the things they hear? Can Music Save Your Life Video: http://bit.ly/1hC62NR SUBSCRIBE! http://bit.ly/10kWnZ7 ---Links To Fol...

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Interesting how our brains don't give us all the same audio signals!

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Finally some aural illusions

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Why your children don't listen to you

Why your children don't listen to you | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

It is an experience as familiar as it is frustrating to many parents and teachers - getting children to pay attention to simple instructions while they are engrossed in watching television, playing a game or reading a book.


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Good summary of our understanding of inattention blindness.

Prof. Wiseman adds some explanation for why it occurs.

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Marine study examines stress, brain behavior : The Lemoore Navy News

SAN DIEGO (NNS) — A recent study led by Naval Health Research Center shows that brain behavior, or mechanisms related to stress, can be modified in Marines prior to deployment.
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This study seems to show that mindfulness training can help to lower stress.  This would be good for so many of us.

 

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Brain Changes in College Football Players Raise New Concerns

Brain Changes in College Football Players Raise New Concerns | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The brains of college football players are different from the brains of other students, a new study reports, adding to concerns that sports-related hits to the head could have lingering effects even in healthy athletes who’ve never had a concussion.
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Can playing football be dangerous for the brain? An interesting study finds that the hippocampus is smaller in most players, and even those who have never had a concussion.

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New Facebook app gives you a glimpse into dementia

New Facebook app gives you a glimpse into dementia | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
New app creates an experience that replicates the symptoms of dementia -- memory loss, difficulty in communicating and confusion
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Psst. Look Over Here.

Psst. Look Over Here. | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Eye contact — even with characters on food packages — makes us feel a connection.
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Don't be shy-look at people eye to eye! It makes for better socialization- thus good for the brain!

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Top 5 Apps To Train Your Brain - Bidness Etc

Top 5 Apps To Train Your Brain - Bidness Etc | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

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Brain+ is a new brain training app that aims to improve your memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities through intuitive and fun games.

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Blind Mice Cured by Running

Blind Mice Cured by Running | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Exercise combined with visual stimulation helps to quickly restore vision in unused eyes
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Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset - Irish Independent

Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset - Irish Independent | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
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Eating well can slow down Alzheimer's onset
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Mental Exercises – Brain stimulation – from books, newspapers or online brain-training exercises – measurably strengthens the brain.
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Some tips on what to avoid and what to eat to ward off dementia.

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6 Everyday Habits for Better Brain Health | Our Better Health

6 Everyday Habits for Better Brain Health | Our Better Health | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Healthy body, healthy brain: Diabetes, heart disease—even poor gum health– have all been shown to increase a person's risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. Conversely, individuals who exercise on a ...
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Alzheimer's & Dementia Weekly: Paint & Other Solvents Increase Brain Risk by 65%

Alzheimer's & Dementia Weekly: Paint & Other Solvents Increase Brain Risk by 65% | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it

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Stay away from the paint...

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5 Mental Health Exercises You Can Accomplish at Your Desk

5 Mental Health Exercises You Can Accomplish at Your Desk | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
These incognito mental exercises will help you calm down and be more productive.
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Let me know if any of these tips work for you!

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Cynics at Higher Risk for Dementia? Yea, Right - Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders

Cynics at Higher Risk for Dementia? Yea, Right - Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Study suggests they may be three times more likely to develop brain disease than more trusting folks.
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Hmmm? How cynical are you? I have worked with many older seniors who always see the glass half full -- does their optimism help them to stay more mentally sharp?

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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I have often thought there was a connection between writing and remembering. Now there is a study showing that this is true. Have you ever written down your grocery list only to forget it on the counter? And did you remember to buy everything on your list? Think about it!

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Stronger Brains, Weaker Bodies

Stronger Brains, Weaker Bodies | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A study of metabolism among different species suggests that humans evolved to send more energy to our big prefrontal cortex and less to our muscles.
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The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups — PsyBlog

The Cheerleader Effect: Why People Appear Better-Looking in Groups — PsyBlog | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The brain averages out the facial features of people in groups, both men and women.

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Another reason to practice social interaction. Not only does the brain benefit from social exchanges , but apparently we look better too!

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 22, 3:34 PM

The whole cheerleading 'thing' is very amusing but I think they mean that you look more attractive when part of a group.

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Remembering, as an Extreme Sport

Remembering, as an Extreme Sport | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When the world’s best “memory athletes” meet in competition, they quickly build mental “palaces” of images, and just as quickly tear them down.
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Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain

Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The more physically active you are in your 20s, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study. But it’s never too late to improve the health of your brain.
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