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How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain

How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Losing sleep tends to make people eat more and gain weight, and now a new study suggests that one reason may be the impact that sleep deprivation has on the brain.
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It may be easier to lose weight by simply getting a good night's sleep!

 

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Brain

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Brain | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Your thoughts create your brain. Learn how negative thoughts contribute to stress and mental decline and how you can stop this with meditation.
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Words do have power.

As Henry Ford said:

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” 
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What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows

What Is Nostalgia Good For? Quite a Bit, Research Shows | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Nostalgia, long considered a disorder, is now recognized to counteract loneliness, boredom and anxiety — making life seem more meaningful and death less frightening.
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Are you nostalgic? New research show that nostalgia is actually good for the brain!

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Your Brain on Laughter | TIME.com

Your Brain on Laughter | TIME.com | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Are they laughing at you or laughing with you? Your brain can tell the difference.

Via Maggie Rouman
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Interesting research showing the relationship of laughter and the brain - and  if you click on the links in the article it will take you to some other fascinating research about laughter and pain.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 14, 2013 10:31 PM

Interesting study...

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Champagne May Prevent Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease - Health News - redOrbit

Champagne May Prevent Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease - Health News - redOrbit | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Research last year uncovered possible evidence that resveratrol found in red wine may help in preventing cognitive decline. Now, a new study is looking at another type of alcohol that may also ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Good news, a memory- helping compound in Champagne may help ward off dementia!

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From Singapore, personalized fragrances help dementia sufferers to remember

From Singapore, personalized fragrances help dementia sufferers to remember | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
The Smell a Memory fragrance kits aim use personalized smells to act as memory prompts for Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers.
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Remember the smell of fresh baked bread? Or your grandmother's cake?

What memories does that bring back?

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Researchers Identify New Genes Linked to the Origins of Alzheimer’s, Says Cure Alzheimer's Fund

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xciting new research about the gene variations of Alzheimer's!

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:07 PM

"So why does this thingless “thing” — at its core, a mere sequence of sounds — hold such potentially enormous intrinsic value?

The quick and easy explanation is that music brings a unique pleasure to humans. Of course, that still leaves the question of why. But for that, neuroscience is starting to provide some answers."

 

Kate Jenkin's curator insight, September 2, 2013 8:30 PM

Another amazing insight into the magic of music.
"We found that listening to what might be called “peak emotional moments” in music — that moment when you feel a “chill” of pleasure to a musical passage — causes the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine, an essential signaling molecule in the brain."

 
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Heart health and brain health are closely linked - NewsFix.ca

Heart health and brain health are closely linked - NewsFix.ca | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A number of studies show that the factors that raise the risk of heart disease are also involved in dementia.
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Novel Brain Training Device to Reconnect Brain and Paralyzed Limb After Stroke - Science Daily (press release)

Novel Brain Training Device to Reconnect Brain and Paralyzed Limb After Stroke - Science Daily (press release) | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Novel Brain Training Device to Reconnect Brain and Paralyzed Limb After Stroke
Science Daily (press release)
May 15, 2013 — The world's first Brain Training Device has given a ray of new hope to the recovery of survivors after stroke.
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Amazing study from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University which can give hope to stoke survivors with paralyzed limbs.

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Dogs could hold key to dementia treatment

Dogs could hold key to dementia treatment | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
An Australian researcher has claimed that a world-first study using dogs could hold the key to a breakthrough in dementia treatment, a media report has said
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If this study proves to be beneficial to dogs it could be amazing for people...science fiction or fact?

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12 Fascinating Comparisons of Baby Boomers and Centenarians

12 Fascinating Comparisons of Baby Boomers and Centenarians | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
A new survey uncovers differences in how baby boomers and centenarians see and interpret their lives, and the world around them.
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How Exercise Can Help Us Learn

How Exercise Can Help Us Learn | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Is it better to exercise before you learn something new? What about during? And should the exercise be vigorous or gentle? Two new studies helpfully tackle those questions.
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Exercise is good for us - but can it really help us learn? This study implicates that it depends on the intensity of the exercise .

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John Mekrut's comment, September 18, 2013 4:26 PM
I watched a terrific video by John Medina on exercise and cogntive function. It takes a surprisingly small amount, like 20 minutes 3 times per week at 80% max heart rate,
CogFit-Quest's comment, September 19, 2013 6:37 PM
Yes, I am not surprised! You should check out Ageless Grace: www.agelessgrace.com which is an amazing mind/body fitness program based on Neuroplasticity. I am a certified educator and practice 10 minutes every morning ( in addition to my regular exercise) and find that not only does it lubricate all my joints. but it clears the morning brain fog!
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Dementia odds cut by putting off retirement, study suggests

Dementia odds cut by putting off retirement, study suggests | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
For each added year of work, risk of developing dementia fell by 3.2 percent
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Keep working to ward off dementia!

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Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds

Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Unlike introverts, extroverts associate feel-good chemicals with their environments, new research suggests.
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Do you feel great at social gatherings, or wish you were home with a cup of tea?According to a study done at Cornell University, it may be because your nervous system reacts differently if you are an introvert- or an extrovert!

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Champagne May Prevent Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease - Health News - redOrbit

Champagne May Prevent Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease - Health News - redOrbit | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Research last year uncovered possible evidence that resveratrol found in red wine may help in preventing cognitive decline. Now, a new study is looking at another type of alcohol that may also ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Good news! Drinking Champagne may help ward off dementia!

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Snuggly Little Robots Provide Company for Elderly With Dementia

Snuggly Little Robots Provide Company for Elderly With Dementia | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
First things first: No one is suggesting we lock all the old people in a room full of robots and throw away the key—though when Grandpa gets on one of his racist rants, that might sound tempting.
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What do you think is better: to snuggle up with a seal robot or a real cat?

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Is Za'atar the Newest Brain Food?

Is Za'atar the Newest Brain Food? | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
I recently came across an interesting Q and A from NPR about the Middle Eastern spice mixture known as za'atar. Apparently za'atar--a blend of sesame seeds, sumac, and oregano, thyme, or marjoram--...
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I regularly enjoyed Za'aatar when living in the Middle East. It is a delicious mixture of spices and perhaps even a great brain food!

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When a song triggers both anticipation and reward, it moves us like nothing else.
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This Is Your Brain on Coffee

This Is Your Brain on Coffee | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Why drinking three cups a day may be good for us.
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Enjoy your coffee, among other benefits it may help to ward off dementia!

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Dr. Zorba Paster: Hearing and dementia : Wsj

Dr. Zorba Paster: Hearing and dementia : Wsj | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
When I was a teenager, I loved loud, brassy sounds. Booming music sent chills through my spine and energy to my soul. I loved groovin’ to the beat. The louder
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As I often say in our brain training classes, "if you can't hear something you can't remember it!" This new research shows, once again, the importance of being able to hear well, even if it does mean investing in a hearing aid!

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Dog dementia helps search for cure

AUSTRALIAN scientists are hoping dogs with dementia will help them devise a treatment for people suffering from the condition.
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Another interesting article about Professor Valenzuela's upcoming research.

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Tone Deafness: A Broken Brain?

Tone Deafness: A Broken Brain? | Cognitive Fitness and Brain Health | Scoop.it
Researchers have spent the last decade trying to understand why some people are unable to appreciate music.
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Fascinating article on tone deafness and the brain!

 

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