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New mental exercises, games can keep aging minds fit

New mental exercises, games can keep aging minds fit
Arizona Republic, AZ Jun 25, 2007
For Perls, the challenging exercise has been Sudoku. It’s something that meets the important criteria for brain fitness: novel, complex and challenging. Those activities engage the frontal lobe, the CEO of the brain. It’s important to tackle new tasks,

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Brain Fitness survey

Today we would like to ask for your opinions on the emerging Brain Fitness field, your interests and needs. We would really appreciate if you can devote 5-minutes to complete this online survey. As a token of appreciation, we will give you a discount of 10% on all stress management and brain workout products offered in our main website, valid for a month after you complete the survey.

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emWave Stress Relief

Check out the new emWave Stress Relief (previously called Freeze-Framer), an easy-to-use, Windows-based software and biofeedback hardware program for Stress Management that measures your Heart Rate Variability through a finger or ear-clip sensor that plugs into your computer. The program, developed by HeartMath, translates the information into user-friendly graphics displayed on your computer monitor in real-time. emWave PC allows you to track your progress and has interactive games and stunning images that emit varying degrees of color and movement as you adjust your emotional state and get into The Zone of optimal learning and performance. Check out the limited time offer!

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Remember: Playing video game not simple way to boost memory

Remember: Playing video game not simple way to boost memory
Orlando Sentinel, FL 

“Staying socially connected is also linked to reduced cognitive decline. A single activity, though, is not enough to sustain mental sharpness.”

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News on brain fitness programs

Mind games: Clear the clutter and keep your brain strong
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, SD -Jun 4, 2007
“Various organizations and companies have rushed to offer brain-fitness programs, games and activities in the wake of widening interest in brain health. …”

You may enjoy this PBS special on neuroplasticity and Brain Fitness Software

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Brain Teaser: The Really, Really, Really Big Number

Here is new brain teaser written by puzzle master Wes Carroll.

The Really, Really, Really Big Number

Difficulty: HARDER
Type: MATH (Numerical/Abstract)
Intimidation Factor: HIGH — but don’t be scared!

Question:
When you divide 12 by 5, the remainder is 2; it’s what’s left over after you have removed all the 5s from the 12.  When you raise 4 to the fifth power (that is, 45), you multiply four by itself five times: 4×4×4×4×4, which equals 1,024.

What is the remainder when you divide 100100 by 11?

Click to read the Solution and Explanation.

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Meditation may fine-tune control over attention

Meditation may fine-tune control over attention

  • “Everyday experience and psychology research both indicate that paying close attention to one thing can keep you from noticing something else… a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggests that attention does not have a fixed capacity – and that it can be improved by directed mental training, such as meditation.”

  • “Led by postdoctoral fellow Heleen Slagter, Davidson’s research group in the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior recruited subjects interested in meditation to study whether conscious mental training can affect attention. “Meditation is a family of methods designed to facilitate regulation of emotion and attention,” says Davidson.”

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