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Update: Mind. Learn. Eat. Shape. Play

Posted Sep 30 2010 4:06am

You may find that too much media coverage on how to take good care of our brains is confusing, if not potentially misleading. In  The True Story — is mental exercise good, bad, or irrelevantDr. Pascale Michelon dissects for you a recent large study which was largely reported as bad news when in fact it brings good news (no miracles, but good news).  We hope you enjoy her insightful analysis — and all the excellent articles that follow in the September edition of our monthly eNewsletter covering cognitive health and brain fitness topics . Please remember that you can use the box in the right column to subscribe and receive this newsletter via email.

Do you Mind

Dear sapiens sapiens, do you mind : Dr. Joshua Steinerman encourages you to ask yourself the tough ques­tions: Do you mind your brain? Do you know your nog­gin’? Can you claim cere­bral own­er­ship or is your men­tal a rental? Plus, why we need a new lex­i­con for pos­i­tive cog­ni­tion inter­ven­tions.

Time for a Cognitive Reserve Day : with 36 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide with demen­tia today and related care costs around 1 per­cent of the world’s gross domes­tic prod­uct (GDP), and growing fast, may it be time to complement World Alzheimer’s Day with Word Cognitive Reserve’s Day?

Food for Thought

Debunking learning styles : a recent article in The New York Times debunks many old myths about learning and learning styles, summarizing emerging cognitive neuroscience findings.

Science for the People : quick now — think of a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are some one in the excellent roster of 28 science bloggers who took part in SharpBrains’ edition of Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival answered it.

Food for Thought — II

‘Western’ Style Diet Increases Risk of ADHD : Dr. David Rabiner reports how, on the one hand, a recent large study tracking 1172 Aus­tralian ado­les­cents and their par­ents found that dietary fac­tors can play an impor­tant role in the devel­op­ment of attention deficits, at least for some chil­dren.

A Controlled Trial of Herbal Treatment for ADHD : on the other hand, Dr. Rabiner adds, a recent randomized-controlled trial supports the idea that appro­pri­ately pre­pared and targeted herbal com­pounds have the poten­tial to be ther­a­peu­tic and reduce attention deficit symptoms.

Shaping the Future

Q&A about the new SharpBrains Council for Brain Fitness Innovation : we have received many good questions about the new SharpBrains Council … here you are our answers.

Meet the Experts : since 2006 we have inter­viewed dozens of experts on the future of cognitive enhancement and mental health, building up the foundation for the type of innovation the SharpBrains Council wants to foster. Here you can find what 26 leading-edge scientists and experts believe and why.

Getting therapy through your iPhone : The Daily Beast (a great new media outlet) just published this excellent article on an emerging “small revolution” in mental health care.

Brain Teaser

Brain Teaser : are you ready to test your mental rotation skills?

Please feel free to share this monthly eNewsletter to friends and colleagues. Have a great month of October!

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