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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten - BBC News

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten - BBC News | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Everything you know about memory may be wrong.
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Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks Big Think

Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks  Big Think | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Dr. Dennis Charney, dean of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, has studied how the brain responds to dramatic changes in peoples' environments. In the video below, Charney describes how prisoners of war who were placed in solitary confinement developed unusual cognitive capacities because the only activity they were allowed to do was think. The POWs were essentially exercising their brains. What can we learn from this?Charney is using this research to conduct psychological therapies that can improve learning and memory, and solve problems with anxiety and depression."

 

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It’s Smart to Sleep-Psychology Today

It’s Smart to Sleep-Psychology Today | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"As a neurologist and middle school teacher I have often been asked about the best schedule to maximize children’s health and brainpower. During sleep, the higher thinking regions of the brain are less active because information enters the brain during sleep. This is when the brain can devote a greater portion of its energy (metabolism) to organization and filing the information learned during the day. This brain state is just what is needed to allow recently learned material to be stored in long-term memory."

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On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Rock Star/Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms | Brain World

On Fear, Emotions and Memory : Rock Star/Neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux’s New Terms | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Humans are the only animals that can imagine the future. That’s great when it comes to figuring out what makes us happy. But what about those sleepless nights filled with anxiety? Joseph LeDoux has spent 30 years studying the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear. He has been doing research on animals, primarily rats, to understand pathological fear and anxiety in humans. A Henry and Lucy Moses Professor of Science and professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, his concentration on the amygdala, that almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe having to do with emotional behavior, has also spawned a rock band called the Amygdaloids, with himself and three of his scientific colleagues.

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Study of memory brings researchers closer to mind reading

Study of memory brings researchers closer to mind reading | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

How does the formidable human brain organize its memories? A new study used electrical activity of the brain to investigate. The resulting report shows that when people think of words that are linked by their meanings -- "apple" and "orange," for example -- the brain often exhibits similar patterns of activity.

There’s a futuristic, Big Brother-ish dimension to the work: The authors argue that down the road, their results might be useful in mind-reading approaches that rely on connecting measurements of brain activity to what a person is thinking.

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How to train your mind to remember anything - CNN.com

How to train your mind to remember anything - CNN.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Joshua Foer says remembering vast amounts of information is a skill you can teach yourself..."Over the last few millennia, we've invented a series of technologies -- from the alphabet to the printed book to the photograph to the iPhone -- that have made it easier and easier for us to externalize our memories and essentially outsource this fundamental human capacity.
These technologies have made our modern world possible, but they've also changed us. They've changed us culturally, and I would argue that they've changed us cognitively. Having little need to remember anymore, it sometimes seems as if we've forgotten how."

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Gimmicks to Get Ahead in Memory Game

Gimmicks to Get Ahead in Memory Game | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
When Ron White decided to get serious about being the U.S. memory champion, he approached the task like a military mission.
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Boost Your Children’s Test Success With "Neuro-Logical" Strategies | Psychology Today

Boost Your Children’s Test Success With "Neuro-Logical" Strategies | Psychology Today | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

With the help of correlations from neuroscience research, you can use best brain practices to help your children build the learning habits for best memory and test taking skills while also sustaining or restoring a positive attitude about school. This first of a three-blog series will focus on several practices to make new learning stick and promote the neural circuits long-term memory so knowledge is truly understood and retained beyond the test.

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Try Thinking and Learning Without Working Memory | SharpBrains

Try Thinking and Learning Without Working Memory | SharpBrains | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Cognitive training is showing a tremendous potential to expand working memory, a capacity once thought limited and untrainable.
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When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory | SharpBrains

When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory | SharpBrains | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Jacob’s mother writes that ‘Jacob, 10-years-old, still struggles with number bonds to 10.
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3. Boost Your Memory | Videos | My Brain Solutions

3. Boost Your Memory | Videos | My Brain Solutions | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Informatitve video from MY Brain Solution's Dr. Evian Gordon about how to boost memory.

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Brutal Truths About the Aging Brain |DISCOVER Magazine

Brutal Truths About the Aging Brain |DISCOVER Magazine | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"A graying world will have more of the experience that comes with age. It will also be slower, fuzzier, more forgetful, and just a bit hard of hearing....With the global population of people over 80 expected to more than quadruple to nearly 400 million by 2050, the aging brain will become an increasingly big headache for humankind. Here are four cognitive systems that tend to decline as we age. Get used to these changes. You’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the future."

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Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory

Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Memory | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

In many cases, memory slips are not due to aging. While it's true that memory tends to decline with age, it's also true that the high-pressure, hectic lifestyles that so many of us lead these days can have a significant impact on our ability to remember and retrieve information. In many cases, it's because we rush through something so fast or multitask most of the things we do that we aren't giving our brains sufficient time to process and store what we need to remember. 

But not to worry. Whether it's normal aging or overscheduling or both, there are some fairly simple things you can do to overcome these frustrating lapses in memory.

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Does Practice Make Perfect?-Sousa

Does Practice Make Perfect?-Sousa | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Practice refers to learners repeating a motor or cognitive skill over time. It begins with the rehearsal of the new skill in working memory. Later, the skill memory is recalled, and additional practice follows. The quality of the practice and the learner’s knowledge base will largely determine the outcome of each practice session. The old adage that “practice makes perfect” is rarely true. It is very possible to practice the same skill repeatedly with no increase in achievement or accuracy of application. Think of the people you know who have been driving, cooking, or even teaching for many years with no improvement in their skills. Why is this? How is it possible for one to continually practice a skill with no resulting improvement in performance?"

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How brain performs 'motor chunking' tasks

How brain performs 'motor chunking' tasks | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"You pick up your cell phone and dial the new number of a friend. Ten numbers. One. Number. At. A. Time. Because you haven't actually typed the number before, your brain handles each button press separately, as a sequence of distinct movements. After dialing the number a few more times, you find yourself typing it out as a series of three successive bursts of movement: the area code, the first three numbers, the last four numbers. Those three separate chunks allow you to type the number faster, and with greater precision. Eventually, dialed often enough, the number is stored in your brain as one chunk. Who needs speed dial?
"You can think about a chunk as a rhythm," said Nicholas Wymbs, a postdoctoral researcher in UC Santa Barbara's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the lead author of a new study on motor chunking in the journal Neuron, published by Cell Press."

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NOVA | How Memory Works

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Neurobiologists are honing in on how memories form, and then finding ways to erase them. (Video)

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LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World

LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget? | Brain World | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Are you losing your memory? Are these the first signs of dementia? Chances are, neither.

When our memory is strained, these can be the unsurprising, as well as embarrassing, results. Stress and multitasking are among the chief causes of memory lapses........All about learning & memory......

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Power Your Brain Hour By Hour

Power Your Brain Hour By Hour | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The brain is our number one use-it-or-lose-it organ. Here, an hour-by-hour guide to keeping your mind and memory sharp, regardless of your age.
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Keeping brains active may help fight Alzheimer's plaque – - CNN.com Blogs

Keeping brains active may help fight Alzheimer's plaque – - CNN.com Blogs | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
People who keep their brains active throughout life -- performing brain-stimulating activities like reading, writing, and playing games -- appear to have lower levels of the protein that forms brain clogging amyloid plaque.
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