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Brain Shapers

Can we shape our brain? Is our brain's capacity predetermined or does lifestyle, opportunity and attitude make a difference? This page has links to articles and websites which lay out important findings from neuroscience about the brain's potential through life. Change your thoughts, change your brain!

Neurotransmitter simulation clip

Neurons - How they work in the human 'thinking cap'. 4 min. video.

Dr Paul Thmpson talks about brain health, imaging and projects like ENIGMA to create a world-wide brain database.

The Impact Study by Posit Science to test out the effectiveness of its brain training programme. Participant Marlene describes the differences she feels has resulted from her training experience.

Posit Science website: Browse resources to learn about how the brain works and how to keep it in shape.

 

'Amazing Brain':  short video clips on YouTube by Posit Science.

1 (The lobes); 2 (Physical exercise); 3 (Brain growth); 4 (Tuning in); 5. (Staying sharp).

 

A video tour of 3 of the 6 exercises in the Posit Science brain training programmes.

Read Dr Michael Merzenich's blog on aspects of the brain.

Try taking a Test

Cambridge Brain Sciences provides scientifically proven tools for the assessment of cognitive function such as memory, reasoning, concentration and planning.


 

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? Read April 2012 article in the new York Times.

 

Beautiful Minds: The Einstein Effect_ Savants - Part 2

Daniel Golman talks about social intelligence and our mirror neurons that allow us to connect with others.

Brain Fitness. Interview with psychologist John Byrne about memory and the brain.

12 ways to keep your brain young - Harvard Medical School

Click on book below by Barbara Strauch
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Discover the talents of the middle-aged mind

A public lecture in Melbourne by Norman Doidge on the brain - how it can change, develop and improve.

TED Talk by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young on her personal transformation.

Try this quiz from Sharpbrains.com . Words are stored in an organized way - for example, salt and pepper are always linked.  Also words that share some meaning are connected or associated in the brain. Once you hear one, the other is activated. This brain game stimulates the connections or associations between words stored in your temporal lobe.

Read Telegraph article on research pointing to Vitamin-B as a new weapon against Alzheimers disease. Also Mail on Sunday article on the topic above.

 

Superfoods - Anti-Aging eating to keep young.

 


Optimum nutrition

The plant-derived flavanoid and anti-oxidant epicatechin, found in blueberries, tea, grapes and cocoa, can improve memory and learning.

Dark chocolate contains epicatechin. which also reduces the risk of clots. Intake - around 1.5 oz per day.

 

Calcium ions are involved in membrane function and neural messaging. If you are not getting enough calcium (or too much phosphorous) your body will automatically recover it from your bones, so brain function remains, but your bones suffer. Calcium is found in plants, as well as in animal products. See website below.  

What vitamins are in what food?

Moderate drinking decreases number of new brain cells: Article in Science Daily Nov.2012

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Take a 3D tour of The Secret Life of the Brain.

Carol Dweck talks about how to keep those neurons connecting through developing a growth mindset.

Carol Dweck emphasizes the power of "yet" in helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.

Neural pathways
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Consciousness: Watch the Mirror Self-recognition Test . Read about  Professor Marcus du Sautoy's exploits to explore his own consciousness.

'The most proactive steps an individual can take to ensure cognitive vitality in later life are likely to include ....concerted effort to reduce cardiovascular risk factors and disease and increased activity and engagement.'  Professor Ian Deary.

Lesley Sansone exercise video

John Ratey, author of Spark  talking about exercise and the brain.
 
Read about the brain virtues of physical exercise on Sharpbrains.
 
Read article about emotional intelligence peaking in our 60s.

The Dana Alliance is a nonprofit organization of more than 280 neuroscientists, formed to help provide information about the personal and public benefits of brain research.

Click here to visit Dana site.

The Disconnected Mind Project: Prof. Ian Deary, Edinburgh University. Losing our thinking skills is one of worries of ageing. Why does it happens to some and not others. This project aims to find out. 

Read about the Disconnected Mind Project

An extract on a programme abour IQ testing. About 6 minutes into the extract Ian Deary's study of older Scottish people is highlighted. They resat an IQ test taken in 1932 with surprising results.