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Alvaro Fernandez
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Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today?
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Here’s a quick test to deter­mine your stress level. Look at the image and, if you find more than one or two dif­fer­ences, you may want to enjoy a really relax­ing 4th of July…
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Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, research reports, upcom­ing events, and fun brain teasers.

Let us first of all high­light what may well become the find­ing of the year. As you can read in one of the research reports, “For APOE4 car­ri­ers with high life­time intel­lec­tual enrich­ment, the onset of cog­ni­tive impair­ment was approx­i­mately 8.7 years later com­pared with low life­time intel­lec­tual enrichment.”

Shouldn’t accu­mu­lat­ing find­ings like this inform human cap­i­tal and health poli­cies across the whole lifes­pan, and also how all of us lead our lives? 
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Here is a brain teaser whose aim is to stim­u­late the con­nec­tions or asso­ci­a­tions between words in your tem­po­ral lobe. You will see pairs of words, and your goal is to find a third word that is con­nected or asso­ci­ated with both of these two words. Have a nice weekend :-) 
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What activ­i­ties or behav­iors can pro­vide the right kind of expe­ri­ence to boost brain health and performance over time? 
We now appre­ci­ate that the human brain is a highly dynamic and con­stantly reor­ga­niz­ing sys­tem. The real ques­tion then becomes, “What activ­i­ties or behav­iors can pro­vide the right kind of expe­ri­ence to boost brain health and performance over time?”
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Here is a brain teaser to stim­u­late your men­tal rota­tion cog­ni­tive skills. For each num­ber, decide whether it is a nor­mal or reversed num­ber. 
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Mind­ful­ness courses designed to help health care work­ers cope have been effec­tive in reduc­ing job-related stress and burnout, but require a 30-to-60 hour time com­mit­ment. What hap­pens when we add this pro­gram to a health care work­ers’ intense work­load? Coun­ter­pro­duc­tively, stress increases, and many decide to drop the course...To tackle this prob­lem, two recent stud­ies have inves­ti­gated the effec­tive­ness of abbre­vi­ated mindfulness-based courses for health care work­ers.
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No time for brain fitness and mental exercise? Solution: Watch less TV.
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Delighted to invite Sharp­Brains friends to dis­cover the future of applied neu­ro­science and gam­ing at a cock­tail evening in Lon­don on Thurs­day July 17th, featuring Prof. Olivier Oullier and myself. 
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"The real-life take­away: It’s best to find a hobby or job that chal­lenges you, but not so much that you’re frus­trated and want to give up, Park said." 
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"...A ver­sion of the train­ing used in the study could one day allow peo­ple to treat their own depres­sion and other men­tal dis­or­ders using a com­puter or mobile device…The train­ing was designed to engage the brain’s cog­ni­tive con­trol mech­a­nism ...to limit the dis­tract­ing influ­ence of sad infor­ma­tion. Sim­i­lar cognitive-bias train­ing has achieved impres­sive results treat­ing anxiety.” 
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"It is strik­ing that despite the thou­sands of stud­ies that have been con­ducted on ADHD, this is the sin­gle trial I could find that exam­ines exer­cise as an inter­ven­tion...Hope­fully, larger and bet­ter con­trolled stud­ies of exer­cise as an ADHD inter­ven­tion will be forth­com­ing shortly...In the mean­time, a sys­tem­atic phys­i­cal activ­ity pro­gram should pro­vide impor­tant health ben­e­fits to all chil­dren, and may play a com­ple­men­tary role in reduc­ing the behav­ioral and cog­ni­tive prob­lems asso­ci­ated with ADHD." 
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Alvaro Fernandez is co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains, a leading market research firm that tracks the market and research for cognitive assessments, training, and games. A member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils, he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more, and recently co-authored the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp. Alvaro received masters' degrees in education and business from Stanford University, and teaches at UC-Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
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