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Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here‘s how to pick them

Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here‘s how to pick themBrain training programs support healthy brain ageing – but you‘ve got to choose the right one. from www.shutterstock.com Brain training has been touted as a way to prevent age-related cognitive decline. Many products are available for purchase. But are any actually effective? We reviewed the merits of peer-reviewed clinical intervention studies t...

Working memory: How you keep things ‘in mind‘ over the short term

Working memory: How you keep things ‘in mind‘ over the short termIt‘s a crucial cog in the your ability to perform a variety of mental tasks. Lightspring via Shutterstock.com.When you need to remember a phone number, a shopping list or a set of instructions, you rely on what psychologists and neuroscientists refer to as working memory. It’s the ability to hold and manipulate information in mind, over brief int...

How to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with age

How to reduce the risk of cognitive decline with ageJne Valokuvaus/ShutterstockResearch into how we can keep our brains healthy as we age has gained momentum in recent years. There is now an increased focus on the changes that we can makes to our health and lifestyle, which may prevent dementia. Here are some things that research has shown reduce a person’s risk of cognitive decline with age. Sex ...

When it comes to keeping our brains young, we need to rise to new challenges

When it comes to keeping our brains young, we need to rise to new challengesStill got it. Gino Santa MariaAs we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things. Yet not everyone experiences these changes to the same degree. Some remain mentally sharp into their sixties, seventies and beyond; others experience declines which can make it harder for them to liv...

Is it possible to boost your intelligence by training? We reviewed three decades of research

Is it possible to boost your intelligence by training? We reviewed three decades of researchIt will certainly make you better at doing sudoku. Nicola Keegan/ShutterstockScientists achieved astonishing results when training a student with a memory training programme in a landmark experiment in 1982. After 44 weeks of practice, the student, dubbed SF, expanded his ability to remember digits from seven numbers to 82. However, this remarkable...

Huntington‘s disease: how brain training games could help

Huntington‘s disease: how brain training games could helpLia Koltyrina/ShutterstockIn the search for new treatments, science often focuses on medication first. But drugs aren’t the only way to fight illness, particularly when looking at brain diseases. My research looks into how playing specially designed computer games might help people who are living with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a b...

Golf: the neuroscience of the perfect putt

Golf: the neuroscience of the perfect puttListen to your brain. OtmarW/shutterstock, CC BY-SASports fans across the world watched the American golfer Tiger Woods roll in a putt to win the PGA tour’s season ending Tour Championship on September 23. His victory caps a remarkable comeback from personal struggles and injuries that caused him to plummet to 1,199 in the world rankings less tha...

Christmas Day: to be a winning host, prep like a sports pro

Christmas Day: to be a winning host, prep like a sports proGame time. ShutterstockHosting a Christmas gathering can sometimes prove challenging, much like a critical sports game can for an athlete. And while they have prize money, world rankings and pride on the line, your festive spoils – happy guests, a tasty lunch – can feel just as important. So borrowing some mental skills and strategies from the ...

Are brain games mostly BS?

Are brain games mostly BS?You might just be getting better at the game you‘re practicing. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash, CC BYYou’ve probably seen ads for apps promising to make you smarter in just a few minutes a day. Hundreds of so-called “brain training” programs can be purchased for download. These simple games are designed to challenge mental abilities, with the ult...

A neuroscience-based action plan to deal with stress after El Paso and Dayton shootings

A neuroscience-based action plan to deal with stress after El Paso and Dayton shootingsThe tragedies in El Paso and Dayton bring sadness, grief and stress to many people. Ash T Productions/Shutterstock.comAfter the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, discussions about improving mental health and strengthening gun control laws may be comforting. Neither affords a plan, however, to address the stress that comes with these events to the...

Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brain

Want to stop the COVID-19 stress meltdown? Train your brainToday‘s high-stress environment is an opportunity to reset how our brains deal with stressful situations. CasarsaGuru/iStockLet’s face it: We’re all under stress right now. The uncertainty and constant health threats surrounding the coronavirus pandemic have upended our lives. We may need two vaccines: one to protect us from the coronavirus and...
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