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Can Playing A Game Make You Smarter?

Brian Hughes | Posted 07.21.2016 | Education
Brian Hughes

Image source: PhotoDune From crosswords to Sudoku puzzles, there's no shortage of brain games designed to help keep our minds sharp. While these game...

Positive Results From Brain Games May Be Just A Placebo Effect

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science

The brain-training apps that promise to improve memory and boost your IQ may have nothing more than a placebo effect, according to a new study. The st...

Why Do We Feel Awe?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Take the time to pause and open your mind to those things which you do not fully understand. You will be the better for it -- and, as your feelings of awe ripple out through acts of kindness, so will the rest of us.

The Real Brain Game: Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Improve Our Lives

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

In my mind, that's the real brain game. To find ways to harness our brain's lifelong neurogenesis (creation of new neurons) and neuroplasticity (how the brain changes itself responding to experience) to lead happier, fuller lives.

Baby Is Immersed In Existential Chat Because, Seriously, What Does It All Mean?!

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News

But dude ... what is life, though? -- Probably this baby. A crazy cute video shared on Facebook features "Brain Games" host Jason Silva getting ex...

Staving Off Alzheimer's

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Spilman's prepared remarks consisted largely of useful, realistic advice about how to delay the cognitive decline most of us will experience at some point. The audience, ranging from 20-somethings to more than a few senior citizens, was furiously note-taking throughout (or furiously jotting down questions for the Q&A session to follow.)

National Geographic Channel Takes to the Big Easy to Launch New Food Programming

Ed Martin | Posted 01.03.2015 | Entertainment
Ed Martin

These days it seems there are more programs about food on basic cable networks than there are viewers available to watch them. It follows, then, that introducing new specials and series on this burgeoning subject, especially on a network not known for food programming, calls for special marketing and publicity strategies.

10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn't Know About

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

We need much more than "memory" or "intelligence" in order to enjoy our lives, so it is important to learn how to enhance and maintain a variety of brain functions -- not just one.

Do Brain Games Really Boost Brain Power?

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

With all the buzz about brain games -- such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even brain training websites -- it begs the question: Can brain games be beneficial to brain health? As a cognitive neuroscientist, this is a question I get asked a lot. And the answer is yes and no.

Playing for Prevention: Alzheimer's and Keeping the Mind Sharp

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Cat del Valle Castellanos

Although Alzheimer's is at least partially genetic, there is plenty we can do to keep our minds sharper. The technology we depend upon to keep our lives together, however, only seems to make us more scattered.

7 Ways to Optimize Your Brain

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Given advances in imaging technology, we now know that the brain is affected by every experience, thought and emotion.

3 Easy Ways To Whip Your Brain Into Shape

Next Avenue | Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sandra Bond Chapman Our brain changes every day. We can feel when it is firing on all cylinders and our thoughts con...

How To Really Work Out Your Brain -- And Why You'll Want To

Posted 08.17.2013 | Healthy Living

By Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen for YouBeauty You know (if you even read one out of every 10 of our columns) that we believe daily exercise is next to tooth...

American Voices on Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

The American experience has always been one of starting over, rethinking, reworking, and reinventing. In the early 21st Century, a reinvention moveme...

4 Surprising Ways To Keep Your Brain Young

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 07.18.2013 | Fifty

As you grow older, you may fret about your money, your muffin top and, at times, your marbles. How can you make sure your mind stays fit and sharp as ...

6 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory

Posted 06.14.2013 | OWN

By Emma Haak Try these six no-fail strategies to keep your powers of recall sharp....

Memory Problems After Cancer? Computer Games May Help

Idelle Davidson | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

If you've been through cancer treatment and you are struggling with memory or concentration issues, you may be hoping for that doorway back to your pre-cancer self. One area researchers are investigating to whisk you there is cognitive (re)training with specially-designed software.

How Playing May Slow Aging Minds

Posted 05.02.2013 | Fifty

By: Denise Chow, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 05/02/2013 09:37 AM EDT on LiveScience Challenging yourself with a brain-teasing game for j...

8 Online Games That Will Help You De-Stress!

Posted 03.13.2013 | Teen

When you're feeling stressed out, browsing the interwebs probably isn't the first thing you think of as a way to unwind. Although social media and ema...

10 Great Gifts (That Happen To Be Brain Healthy)

Posted 12.20.2012 | Fifty

There are many great gifts you could get a loved one: a big-screen TV, a trip abroad, a new car… but why settle for a “great” gift when you coul...

After A Frightening Experience With Alzheimer's, I Found A Way Everyone Can Help

Merl Reagle | Posted 11.19.2012 | Fifty
Merl Reagle

On September 30 at 3 p.m. EST, puzzle fans across the United States will download what looks like a typical Sunday crossword from the Internet, except that it's anything but. It's the centerpiece of a national contest...to raise awareness of the wide-ranging effects of Alzheimer's disease.

Marilu Henner: 7 Ways To Make Over Your Memory

Debra Ollivier | Posted 07.17.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Marilu Henner, who many remember as the character Elaine on the sitcom "Taxi," is the author of Total Memory Makeover: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future. She is one of only 12 documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, or HSAM.

Keeping The Aging Brain Healthy

Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty

While the aging of the brain in inevitable, the tools you need to keep your brain healthy later in life may be already be right under your nose. Recen...

In Honor of World Alzheimer's Day, Take a Hike Today

Jean Carper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jean Carper

If we all do everything we can to save our own brains from Alzheimer's, we may one day actually be celebrating World Alzheimer's Day as a victory over this human tragedy.

Top 7 FAQs On Brain Fitness And Neuroplasticity

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

I have selected the 7 most common questions on brain fitness and neuroplasticity, and answered them here. I hope you enjoy the FAQ session.