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AAIC: A healthy lifestyle may deflect dementia

AAIC: A healthy lifestyle may deflect dementia | brainy | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—Seniors at risk for dementia may help safeguard their memory and ability to think by adopting a healthier lifestyle, a new study from Finland suggests. The study findings were presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, held from July 12 to 17 in Copenhagen, ...

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CogFit-Quest's curator insight, July 28, 2014 5:14 PM

Here is the first study linking  what seems evident to me: changing to a healthy lifestyle may really help to ward off dementia.

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How To Use Writing As A Meditation Practice

How To Use Writing As A Meditation Practice | brainy | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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calliemm.com's curator insight, January 3, 2014 3:28 AM

Writing, and in particular guided or automatic writing, is one of my very favourite methods of practicing meditation…this scoop has some great tips on how, if you haven’t already had a go give it a try.

 

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Vivekananda Retreat Ridgely's curator insight, January 18, 2014 4:30 PM

Meditation is not only sitting still in a formal way. Many activities can become a meditation as this article suggests.

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Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid | brainy | Scoop.it

Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit”, optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor says, to “fail up.”

 

However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. This list is my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:25 PM

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more.

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7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own

7 Reasons You Can't Learn Leadership on Your Own | brainy | Scoop.it

Very few founders, startup CEOs, board members, investors, and others supporting the entrepreneurial community actively pursue and advocate disciplined, professional leadership development. This is an enormous missed opportunity.

 

Entrepreneurs, especially founders and startup CEOs, need not wait to be encouraged to do this work. They should not consider their own development as a nice-to-have, an indulgence, or an unnecessary expense. They certainly should not delay until their jobs are threatened by their poor performance. 

 

Here are seven reasons (among many) that every founder and entrepreneurial CEO should actively develop their leadership, and a question about each.

 

 


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 28, 2013 4:39 PM

Very few entrepreneurs, board members, or investors give much thought to leadership development. That's a huge mistake.

Ehssan Sakhaee's curator insight, October 20, 2014 3:48 AM

interesting article.

James Heffner's curator insight, November 10, 2014 7:04 PM

Very interesting -- Collaboration and observation are critical in the development of great leaders. Should these lessons be learned early on during an individual's college career, it can set them apart and excel to greater heights.

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Unplug: Train your brain for mindfulness - Denver Post

Unplug: Train your brain for mindfulness - Denver Post | brainy | Scoop.it
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Omnipresent gadgets have made our lives infinitely more convenient in some ways, but they've also taken over parts of our brains.
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How Revamping Your Performance Management Leads to Higher Employee Engagement

How Revamping Your Performance Management Leads to Higher Employee Engagement | brainy | Scoop.it

There are some recurring themes among these issues such as clear communication for alignment of objectives and employee engagement in the workplace. One solution that companies are looking into to address these issues is to revamp their performance management system. Long gone are the traditional annual performance appraisals.

 

Companies are looking for social, agile, and innovative ways to make performance reviews more regular with real-time feedback. Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven Managers are becoming coaches and 1:1 coaching sessions are employee driven.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:45 PM

It has become a known fact that nowadays, the average worker stays in each job for 4.4 years.The new wave of Generation Y workers entering the workforce will stay in a job for less than 3 years

David Hain's curator insight, November 28, 2013 2:44 AM

Perfrmance management is necessary, but we can make it better and more relevant!

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No Battle of the Sexes, our Brains just Wire Differently

No Battle of the Sexes, our Brains just Wire Differently | brainy | Scoop.it

Women can't parallel park and men can't communicate with emotional intelligence. These common stereotypes get used as ammunition in the so-called battle between the sexes.

 

But, a new study by the University of Pennsylvania provides support for these (often unfair) standards.

 

Previous studies have looked at brain size; men's tend to be around 10 per cent bigger than women's, and composition; men have more white matter in their brains, which is linked to motor skills, while women have more grey matter, which is linked to sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech.

 
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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 2, 2013 3:30 PM

Women can't parallel park and men can't communicate with emotional intelligence. These common stereotypes get used as ammunition in the so-called battle between the sexes.

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4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance

4 Major Sleep Related Factors That Affect Our Cognitive Performance | brainy | Scoop.it

If you want to be an active, energetic person, that is successful in your business, there is an essential key factor that will really help you achieving those goals you have set to yourself: a good night sleep.  This may just sound common sense, but there is actually loads of new research coming out that evidences  the benefits of regular seven to nine hour sleep.  Even though everyone knows about the need of a full night sleep, unfortunately we are still trying to get rid of a strongly entrenched trend in society that for decades has confused sleeplessness with vitality and high performance,  particularly in the corporate cultures.  Who doesn´t know (or hasn´t identified with)  the ambitious person who works all the time, sleeps five to six hours a day for weeks in a row, and is addicted to cups of coffee (the world’s second-most widely sold commodity, after oil) ?


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Gain Website's curator insight, December 8, 2013 9:34 PM

 A good night sleep enables a person's brain to relax and recover from stressful thinking due to a very heavy work load. As they said, lack of sleep can cause various psychological effects towards attitude and behavioral activity.

 

A business minded person somehow can sacrifice his/her time from sleeping but sacrificing that is done everytime is not good towards health and mental health. So be cautious of budgeting time if you want to have a successful career towards business. 

 

If in case you have problems with sleeping patterns and observe slight changes towards your attitude you can do some research to overcome this kind of situation. But if you don't have spare time researching and reading articles online you can consult to a psychologist who can manage and let you fully understand the concept of your problem and aids to help you over come such.

 

A good psychologist in Delaware that can help you with this kind of situation is Dr. Carl Shekhar. View her webpage to know more details about this certified psychologist in Delaware: www.CarolGrahamShekhar.com 

Angie Mc's curator insight, December 9, 2013 10:10 AM

7-9 hours a night recommended. 

Julien Cuyeu's curator insight, November 23, 2014 12:37 AM

insomina is a very bad one

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5 weird things fast food does to your brain - Fox News

5 weird things fast food does to your brain - Fox News | brainy | Scoop.it
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We don't need to remind you what fast food can do to your body, but you might not know these surprising ways it can screw with your brain: Burger King could blow up your bank account.
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Twitter / FastCompany: What neuroscience says about ...

Twitter / FastCompany: What neuroscience says about ... | brainy | Scoop.it
RT @FastCompany "What neuroscience says about the link between creativity and madness...   http://t.co/QKFcNhYA8X" http://t.co/vOfi5azbfz

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David McGavock's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:42 AM

This article reminds me of the research being done by Seth Grant (http://brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/2013/synapse-evolution-with-seth-grant-bsp-101) in which he talks about genes inhibiting or promoting the generation of behavior (impulsivity and inhibition). By knocking out a variant of a duplicate gene you get more or less of the trait.


When you listen to his interview, it makes sense that opposing tendencies are closely associated.

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6 amazing neuroscience discoveries that’ll help you work better

6 amazing neuroscience discoveries that’ll help you work better | brainy | Scoop.it
As part of Nokia’s Smarter Everyday programme, which aims to inspire you with fresh approaches to productivity, collaboration and technology adoption, we’ve taken a closer look at how neuroscience effects your working day.

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Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making - Decision-Making Skills Training From MindTools.com

Avoiding Psychological Bias in Decision Making - Decision-Making Skills Training From MindTools.com | brainy | Scoop.it
Learn how to avoid subtle problems with decision making.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:27 PM

What bias do you have?

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GRBJ: Rockford fitness studio for the mind - WZZM

GRBJ: Rockford fitness studio for the mind - WZZM | brainy | Scoop.it
GRBJ: Rockford fitness studio for the mind WZZM VanEck opened what she calls a fitness center for the mind in May after several years of studying the latest neuroscience research findings on adult learning and completing a certification from the...
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Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It

Why You Can Never Finish Anything And How to Finally Change It | brainy | Scoop.it

The law of inertia tells us a body in motion stays in motion. And the same goes for projects, creative ideas, daily tasks, half-written emails, and that thing you stopped working on to read this article. When you interrupt a task, it can be difficult to pick it up again.

 

And we are interrupted nearly every three minutes, according to Gloria Mark, professor of informatics at University of California, Irvine. What's telling is that roughly half those interruptions are self-imposed.

 

The result: When you're working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, February 4, 2014 5:42 PM

Never finishing what you start is more than a bad habit it stems from fears and hesitations. Here's how to get past the procrastinator's paralysis.

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 5, 2014 7:39 AM

Being a big picture person can be a wonderful quality but you have to be able to "see the trees through the forest" in order to get things done. Find some tricks or useful techniques, whatever it may be find one that works for you.

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6 Soft Skills Every Technology Worker Needs For Career Success

6 Soft Skills Every Technology Worker Needs For Career Success | brainy | Scoop.it

Imagine you’ve attended two presentations. In the first, the presenter reads from his Powerpoint slides, barely looks at the audience, and ends the presentation without accepting questions. The second presenter opens with an entertaining story, walks through the presentation with energy and emotion, and closes with a meaningful Q&A session with the audience. Which presentation do you think you’d be more likely to remember?

 

The same thing is true at a job interview. You may have all of the necessary technical skills (hard skills) required for the job, but it’s the person that can look the interviewer in the eyes, smile broadly and talk about past experiences with poise and enthusiasm who will get the job.

 

Those skills — the ability to communicate well, to adapt to a challenging environment and to present complex information well – are called “soft skills”, and they are particularly lacking in the IT field, where there’s an abundance of technical knowledge but a shortage of enthusiasm and personality. The following are the six most important soft skills that’ll get you noticed at your next IT job interview.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 20, 2013 4:55 PM

The ability to reach out to people often perfect strangers in a company or in an industry and network for help and advice, can really put a booster-rocket behind your success.

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The Real Costs of Keeping a Toxic Employee

The Real Costs of Keeping a Toxic Employee | brainy | Scoop.it

You know the type. They can't work with others. They're negative, volatile, and often disruptive. Some people call these toxic employees "bad apples." 

 

Another way to think of them? "Hurricane" employees because the damage they cause extends far beyond themselves. 

 

Michelle K. Duffy, a professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, says that hurricane employees can affect each organization differently. But, in general, they have the ability to "destroy the social fabric of the organisation by creating friction, drama, tension, and hostility among other employees".


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 20, 2013 5:30 PM

Stellar performance doesn't excuse bad behaviour. Check just how much damage one bad apple can bring to your team and your bottom line.

Liz Edgecombe's curator insight, November 21, 2013 4:33 PM

harmony in the work place means the whole team will perform above expectations. Dont be fixated just on output from each individual, there may be some gold hiding  in the team just waiting for an opportunity to shine.

Tony Phillips's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:14 PM

I think we can all relate to this ;)

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How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

How Emotionally Intelligent Are You? | brainy | Scoop.it

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story. Our emotional intelligence -- the way we manage emotions, both our own and those of others -- can play a critical role in determining our happiness and success.

 

Plato said that all learning has some emotional basis, and he may be right. The way we interact with and regulate our emotions has repercussions in nearly every aspect of our lives. To put it in colloquial terms, emotional intelligence (EQ) is like "street smarts," as opposed to "book smarts," and it's what accounts for a great deal of one's ability to navigate life effectively.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, December 5, 2013 6:18 PM

What makes some people more successful in work and life than others? IQ and work ethic are important, but they don't tell the whole story.

Marlon Saville, CAP's curator insight, August 18, 2014 12:07 PM

More great discussion on improving your emotional intelligence..

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Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Your Thoughts Can Induce Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes - Waking Times « Waking Times

Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Your Thoughts Can Induce Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes - Waking Times « Waking Times | brainy | Scoop.it
Researchers Finally Show How Mindfulness and Your Thoughts Can Induce Specific Molecular Changes To Your Genes

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How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life

How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life | brainy | Scoop.it

What do you write down? For most of us, writing consists of emails, task lists, and perhaps the odd work project. However, making time to write down certain things, such as our daily experiences, our goals, and our mental clutter can change the way we live our lives.

 

Here are six different ways that writing things down can change your life, and what you can do to get the most out of each.


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:25 PM

Writing things down can foster a sense of achievement and progress, expanding our possibilities and increasing our productivity.

Sarah Busse's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:24 PM

Something to think about.

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The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains

The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains | brainy | Scoop.it

You're probably listening to music in your headphones at work right now. Whether you are powering through your to-do list or brainstorming creative ideas, here is how the tunes you are playing affect how your brain works.


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Honorable Daniel Adjei's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:02 PM

 

For some reason, I am in love with this article. Belle Beth Copper is a content crafter at Buffer. Co-founder of Hello Code. Copper quote's Friedrich Nietzsche saying "without music, life would be a mistake." She uses ethos in the first parts of the article. She state how our emotions are affected by our music. She gives eight statements and explain in detailed each. The eight statement are:

1.) Music is a big part of our lives.

2.) Ambient noise can improve creativity.

3.) Our music choices can predict our personality.

4.) Music can significantly distract us while driving.

5.) Music training can improve our reasoning skills.

6.) Classical music can improve visual attention.

7.) One side Phone calls are more distracting than normal conversation.

8.)Music help us exercise.

 

This article goes in detail with each statements. 

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, December 11, 2013 3:30 AM

We all know through personal experience, that certain music will make us feel a certain way. It would be area that could have further exploration, and refining to help more people.

 

Cameron Hunter's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:57 AM

This is interesting to me becasue one of my primary goals in life is heal people through music. Pass research about music and the effect  it has on the brain allowed me to connect with most of the information. I didn't  know Ambient noise inhances creativity, amazing. 

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This is how your brain tells time - Salon.com

This is how your brain tells time – #Neuroscience – http://t.co/vDnzBNrOIs
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To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm

To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm | brainy | Scoop.it
We are the architects and builders of our own brains. The human brain is continually altering its structure, cell number, circuitry and chemistry as a direct result of everything we do, experience, think and believe.

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Young Lee's curator insight, December 8, 2013 2:34 AM

Thanks for this nice article, with which I can teach my students how important learning id to them.

 

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12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog

12 talks on understanding the brain | TED Blog | brainy | Scoop.it

Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive Specifically, Montague and his team at the Roanoke Brain Study are interested in how dopamine and valuation systems work when two human beings interact with each other."


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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:17 PM

Great videos and insights about how our brains work...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 2013 4:46 PM

Suggested by Maggie Roumain a colleague and former student who I trust as a source of information on brain research! 

Randy Bauer's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:34 AM

A great resource of research that involves How Our Brain Works from TED Talks.

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Knowing How to Change Your Mind: A Three Minute Guide to Bayesian Reasoning | Big Think Mentor | Big Think

Knowing How to Change Your Mind: A Three Minute Guide to Bayesian Reasoning | Big Think Mentor | Big Think | brainy | Scoop.it
Since you cannot really be 100 percent certain of a theory, a better way to put it to yourself is to say "I think this is very likely to be true."

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:11 AM

How to incorporate new data and change your mind

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10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brains That You Can Do Every Day

10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brains That You Can Do Every Day | brainy | Scoop.it
One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually work.

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Kasia Hein-Peters's curator insight, November 24, 2013 7:33 AM

Tactics to have a smarter brain...