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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Find Out How Many Leaders are Both Goal and People Focused

Find Out How Many Leaders are Both Goal and People Focused | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
New research may have hair on the back of leaders’ necks standing this Halloween
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"A recent study conducted by Management Research Group (MRG) aimed to identify how many leaders were able to manage with both a goal and social focus simultaneously. The findings of this study deserve a spotlight of their own—or perhaps a flashlight under the chin."

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Practice and sleep make for music mastery in the brain

Practice and sleep make for music mastery in the brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
If you can’t quite get that nine-note treble opening to " Fur Elise," just sleep on it. The brain will rehearse, reorganize and nail the sequential motor tasks that help you play piano or type on a keyboard.
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Peter Tornquist's curator insight, January 4, 2014 5:37 PM

"The way to Carnegie Hall is not just practice, practice, practice. It's also sleep, sleep, sleep" – A really interesting piece about the importance of sleep in preparing for a musical performance

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Wifi tooth to monitor eating and speaking habits - Telegraph

Wifi tooth to monitor eating and speaking habits - Telegraph | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
An artificial tooth that monitors eating, drinking and smoking habits along with how often someone coughs and even spends speaking has been developed.
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Now this is really interesting innovation-wise...

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Irregular bedtimes can affect children’s brain development

Irregular bedtimes can  affect children’s brain development | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Girls more affected by different bed times than boys
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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, August 27, 2013 4:59 PM

Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the authors suggest that irregular bedtimes affect the brain’s “plasticity”, or ability to store and learn new information. “Early child development has profound influences on health and wellbeing across the life course. Therefore, reduced or disrupted sleep, especially if it occurs at key times in development, could have important impacts on health throughout life,” the authors write.

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2. The Power of Your Positive Brain | Videos | My Brain Solutions

2. The Power of Your Positive Brain | Videos | My Brain Solutions | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

The power of positivity... video by Dr. Evian Gordon.

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Dee's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:25 PM

Actionable tips on changing your mindset!

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Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation

Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Editor’s note: Few issues are as important to the future of humanity as acquiring literacy. Brain-scanning technology and cognitive tests on a variety of subjects by one of the world’s foremost cognitive neuroscientists has led to a better understanding of how a region of the brain responds to visual stimuli. The results could profoundly affect learning and help individuals with reading disabilities

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

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

 

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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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Your Brain on Laughter | TIME.com

Your Brain on Laughter | TIME.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Are they laughing at you or laughing with you? Your brain can tell the difference.
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Interesting study...

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:49 PM

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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Painting through the power of thought enabled by scientists - Telegraph

Painting through the power of thought enabled by scientists - Telegraph | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A computer that enables users to paint through the power of thought has been developed by scientists.
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Video and article... it's amazing how far technology has come.

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How poverty might change the brain - CNN

How poverty might change the brain - CNN | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
How poverty might change the brain
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Such research points to the idea that stress leads to a stunting of brain development in children of low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Brain overload explains missing childhood memories

Brain overload explains missing childhood memories | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Scientists -- and parents -- have long wondered why we don’t remember anything that happened before age 3.
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Still Charting Memory’s Depths

Still Charting Memory’s Depths | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Brenda Milner’s work with an amnesia patient in the 1950s showed how memory is rooted in specific regions of the brain. With modern technology, she says, “we can see so much more.”
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Tone Deafness: A Broken Brain?

Tone Deafness: A Broken Brain? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Researchers have spent the last decade trying to understand why some people are unable to appreciate music.
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Interesting article examining tone deafness.

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Growth of 'brain fitness' industry brings new awareness of memory degeneration, early-onset Alzheimer's

Growth of 'brain fitness' industry brings new awareness of memory degeneration, early-onset Alzheimer's | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

When Marcel Wieder’s aunt was diagnosed with early onset dementia several years ago, the Toronto resident started to worry about his own brain health “The question is: ’Is this within a normal range?”’ Wieder said. “I don’t know what the benchmarks are.”

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Article also lists 10 Signs of Deteriorating Brain Fitness. Great guideline.

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Thought Design's curator insight, November 20, 2013 11:40 AM

one of the many reasons we formed Thought Design Learning Studio

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15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD

15 Apps to Help Students with Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties - NCLD | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Reading is the area in which students with dyslexia struggle the most. Luckily, there are mobile apps that can help with functions like text-to-speech and translation.


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Luix Vargas's curator insight, August 6, 2013 4:28 PM

Lo que hubiera dado yo por una de estas apps cuando era niño; lástima que en ese entonces sólo daban coscorrones en estos casos

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:28 PM

An easy-to-read table of apps. Includes links and descriptions.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, August 8, 2013 10:45 PM

Great appps to help!

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LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress

LOOK: This Is Your Body On Stress | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

 Historically, the majority of stressors facing humans were physical (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), requiring, in turn, a physical response. "We are not particularly splendid physical creatures," says David Spiegel, M.D., director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford School of Medicine, who explains that plenty of other animals can outrun us, overpower us, out-see us, out-smell us. "The only thing that has allowed us to explore the planet is the fact that we can respond effectively to threats."

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It is important to understand how our brains and bodies react to stress. This article also includes an infographic.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, July 22, 2013 11:52 AM

Without the stresses of life we would not be here today reading this article.  The issue is that when I stress in situations that are not life threatening or overreact to situations and events that shoot a squirt of adreneline into my system 200 times a day, I am training myself to be anxious...almost all the time.  I like to say: When this occurs I am swimming in an adreneline stew. When you stew me enough, my autoimmune system gets compromised. My normal and natural defenses wear down...andI wear out.


The trick is to train myself to become a non-anxious presence in an anxious and overstressed world. 


The aphorism is: I learn from my experience.  The trust should I look a little deeper is: I DO NOT learn from my experience.  I LEARN from my interpretation of my experience.  Two people can have the same experience. One sees it as a learning lesson, grows from it and continues on with life. Another person sees it as a horrible experience that  they will never get over, and remain a victim of that experience for the rest of their life.


This is where an attitude of gratitude and appreciation come in. Take a breath in, and then out.  Move on to the next breath. I only have this moment.

Shadow Quill 's curator insight, July 31, 2013 11:11 PM

The evolution of the fight or flight response is no longer as adaptive as it once was

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How well can you see with your ears? Device offers new alternative to blind people

How well can you see with your ears? Device offers new alternative to blind people | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A device that trains the brain to turn sounds into images could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for blind and partially-sighted people, researchers have found.
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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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How to be a neuro-leader: use your brain

How to be a neuro-leader: use your brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Neuroscience – the study of the brain – can be a big help to leaders who are trying to find clues about what people need to be able to do their best work.
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Mention of major neurological components of effective leadership.

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How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness | TIME.com

How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness | TIME.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A brain scan study pinpoints the changes associated with child abuse that may raise people's risk of depression, PTSD and addictions later in life.
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How stress affects the brain...

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Yoga better for your brain than exercise, study finds - Telegraph

Yoga better for your brain than exercise, study finds - Telegraph | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Twenty minutes of yoga is better for boosting brain activity than vigorous exercise for the same amount of time, a study has found.
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Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds

Why Extroverts Like Parties and Introverts Avoid Crowds | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Unlike introverts, extroverts associate feel-good chemicals with their environments, new research suggests.
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Hanya Lamp's curator insight, December 27, 2013 6:09 PM

Interesting - this study finds brain-based strong differences in what people find rewarding and motivating. It's something we inherently know about other people...but this is quantifying research.

 

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The Mediterranean Diet's Brain Benefits

The Mediterranean Diet's Brain Benefits | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A Mediterranean-style diet, rich in fish, poultry, vegetables and fruit, with minimal dairy foods and meat, may be good for the brain, a large new study suggests.
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The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons

The secret lives (and deaths) of neurons | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Researchers have uncovered surprising insights about how nerve cells rewire themselves, shedding light on a process linked with neurodegenerative diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders like schizophrenia and autism.
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6 Brain-Boosting Ways To Reduce Stress

6 Brain-Boosting Ways To Reduce Stress | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Learning to effectively cope with stress can not only help you feel better on a daily basis, but also protect your brain from the damaging effects of stress to preserve and maintain cognitive function throughout life.
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