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No one disputes that extensive training on a specific task will improve performance on that task. No one disputes that extensive training on a specific task will improve performance on that task. Paul Boxley

Health Check: does brain training make you smarter?

No one who has kept their head out of the sand over the past several years needs to be told “brain training” is a hot topic. And it’s big business too, with advocates using claims such as “personal training…
The jelly-like tissue that is the brain is the most complicated object in the known universe. The jelly-like tissue that is the brain is the most complicated object in the known universe. Dr Case/Flickr

Understanding the brain and mind: science’s final frontier?

The brain and the mind are two sides of the same coin. We have always wanted to understand how our minds work but, until recently, lacked the tools to investigate the brain. The jelly-like tissue that…
Measuring how much of a carbon isotope linked to the atomic bomb is in DNA indicates when the cells were born. Measuring how much of a carbon isotope linked to the atomic bomb is in DNA indicates when the cells were born. Sin Amigos

Exercise and prosper: lessons about the brain from the bomb

Until a few years ago, it was assumed that humans were born with the maximum number of neurons that we were ever going to have. There was no chance of self-replenishment as we got older, or if we suffered…
Our brains are reorganising even when we don’t physically mimic movements. Our brains are reorganising even when we don’t physically mimic movements. conmike12

We watch and learn the moves – even when we’re immobile

It may seem somewhat intuitive, but learning through observation is one of the most potent ways humans learn a new skill. We see someone moving in a certain way and we copy it. But what happens when the…
An active cognitive lifestyle leads to reduced dementia risk. An active cognitive lifestyle leads to reduced dementia risk. Antonio Monerris

Brain power: why using it helps stop losing it

“Use it or lose it” is a catch-cry that applies to the brain as well as the body. For some time now, researchers have known that, in general, people who stay more mentally active throughout their lives…

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