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CogniFit launches its online brain fitness platform in Brazil and Portugal!

We are happy to announce that we have just released our CogniFit platform in Brazilian and Portuguese. Enjoy!

Blood Sugar Levels Affect The Brain

We already know that high blood sugar levels can be detrimental to our brain health. Now a new research suggests that even levels that are only the upper range of the normal level could potentially be detrimental.

The researchers took a group of people whose blood sugars level are high but not high enough to be classified as having diabetes. They found that even at below pre-diabetes level, a high level of blood sugar could create shrinkage in specific areas of the brain when compared with individuals which have a lower or average blood sugars level.

This study demonstrates the link between blood sugar and brain health even when those levels are not that high. It is therefore important not only for important for your physical health but also for your mental health to check carefully your blood sugar levels.

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Don't Forget To Train Your Brain This Summer!

It's time for the holidays! If you have the chance to leave during this summer, you know how important is for your body and mind to rest and take some time off from the daily stress. It is important for our mental health and our overall vitality to "shut down" and disconnect.

On the other hand, you also want to avoid keeping your brain inactive for too long. The brain is like a muscle that needs to stay stimulated by doing new activities. During the holidays, it is always a good idea to try new activities and learn and discover new things to challenge your brain.

Activities which are unfamiliar are always great and they will force your brain and cognitive skills to adapt to a new situation. Also make sure to keep training your brain regularly with CogniFit brain fitness exercises to continue training your cognitive abilities!

New Brain Training Task - Traffic Manager

Ever dreamed of managing the traffic of a city while at the same time training your brain and some key cognitive skills?!

Now you can do it on CogniFit with the release of the new Traffic Manager task. Enjoy your training!

New Brain Training Task - Lane Splitter

We have released last week couple of new brain training tasks and we invite you to try them. One of them is the game Lane Splitter where you need to carefully look for the upcoming traffic and avoid the cars with your bike. It's quite a fun game and it will train specific cognitive abilities that can be important when you drive. Try it today on CogniFit!

Alzheimer’s – A Difficult Problem With Some Hopeful Solutions

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disease which has a significant impact on people and their families. We will discuss this difficult disease in more detail and review some helpful developments to treat this global problem.

No one knows for sure why Alzheimer’s develops in some people and why some people suffer from it earlier than others. It does appear that there are a number of factors which can have an effect.

Genetics appears to play an important role. If a close family member has suffered from the disease than you are typically at higher risk to develop it as well.

Introduction To Brain Training

Most athletes would agree that it is very important to go through a regimen of fitness training in order to keep their bodies in tip top shape. The same holds true for brain training. It has been found that there are very effective brain training techniques which can improve mental function, alertness, and performance. Let’s explore this topic a bit further.

Brain training encompasses a wide variety of techniques which can challenge the brain and encourage it to function in special ways. For example there are special tasks which can help people to improve their memory. These tasks can help the brain to input, organize, store and then recall the information at a later time.

There are other brain games which can be very effective in helping people to perform arithmetic functions or reading related tasks. These brain tasks techniques can be performed individually or they can be done by another person.

You can find these brain training tasks on CogniFit. Keep in mind that it is helpful to train regularly your cognitive skills to keep your mind in shape!

The Importance Of Neurodevelopment For The Brain

Your neural circuitry architecture gets mostly organized during our childhood. A recent article published on the journal Nature explains how scientists and researchers are trying to "unglue" our neural circuitry in order to find treatments for many different brain disorders.

One famous example of the fixation of the brain circuitry is the capacity to learn a new language. Language acquisition is much easier for children than for adults. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that child's' brains go through what is referred as a "sensitive" or "critical" period of time.

A "critical" period of time for the brain is the period in which most of its changes, structure and molding gets defined. During that time, learning and integrating new information is much easier than when this process is mostly over.

How Your Emotions Can Predict If You Will Experience Chronic Pain

A recent study from Northwestern University has found that the different level of emotions people associate with certain injuries could explain why some individuals suffer from chronic pain while other don't.

Using brain scans, the researchers have demonstrated the importance of the emotional response attached to an injury to determine the existence of chronic pain. Simply stated, after an injury, your emotions will play an important role in explaining a chronic pain.

It appears that two different brain regions are involved in this process. The frontal cortex and the nucleus acumbens.

This story reminds us on how important it is to be capable to manage and understand our own emotions. Regulating and controlling your emotions can help make like less painful.

Mental Games – Fun and Effective

Most people think of games as something which can be very entertaining and fun but which serves no good purpose. But mental games are the exception. They are fun but can also help people to use their mental training capabilities more fully and effectively.

There are many different kinds of mental health games and tasks available on CogniFit which can be implemented either individually or with the assistance of others.

Mental games are designed for many different kinds of people. For example there are some highly entertaining games which are designed more towards younger adults. The teenagers for example are so engrossed and entertained with the games that they don’t realize that they are in fact improving their mental capacities and function.

Too Many Traumatic Brain Injuries

The brain is an amazing organ which controls virtually every part of our bodies. It also imbues us with the ability to learn, experience and respond to the world around us. However it is also a very sensitive organ which can result in many problems in the case of a traumatic brain injury. Let’s explore this topic further.

Traumatic brain injury usually occurs as a result of a massive blow to the brain. The brain is normally well protected by a bony structure called the skull. It sits inside of the skull and floats in a viscous fluid which cushions and helps to protect the brain further.

But the brain can be affected if it suffers a blow to the skull. Even if the skull is not pierced the blow can cause the brain to hit the inside of the skull. At the point of contact, swelling can occur among other things.

Imaging Advances Help To Detect Cognition Impairment And Onset Of Cognitive Decline

Cognition is fascinating no matter what is being studied. But when new findings come out of it that impact victims of such diseases as Alzheimer’s, you can’t help but feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. That is precisely the case with a new study that shows imaging can detect Alzheimer’s before the onset of cognitive decline.

PET imaging combined with specific imaging agents has been found to detect beta amyloid in the brain. By showing its presence, it can precede mild cognitive decline thus allowing for earlier diagnosis of the horrible disease. Several studies were conducted and presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Fla.

Cognition can be a tricky topic and is certainly of high interest to a lot of people. With this new finding, diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can now be made when symptoms first arise in the patient and when it has largely preserved mental function. Prior to, the average delay of three years between seeing a doctor for memory concerns and diagnosing the disease was protocol.

Neuroscientists Find Neurons Send Rhythmic Signals Down Our Spine

Startling news from Stanford University suggests that motor neurons actually send basic rhythmic patterns down the spine to help drive movement in our bodies. Neuroscientists at Stanford made the discovery that better explains a number of questions and theories from the past.

The new findings explain some of the more perplexing aspects of neuron activity in the motor cortex that scientists have long pondered with. Neuroscientists revealed the information in Nature explaining that brain fitness activity controlling arm movement does not encode external spatial information but is actually rhythmic in nature.

It has long been known that neurons are responsible for vision encode specific the parameters of sight. Researchers have suggested that motor cortex neurons function similarly with movement like direction, distance and speed much like visual cortex records color, intensity and form.

Responsibility And Punishment Through Neuroscience

With continuous research on the brain day in and day out, researchers are now making new findings about responsibility and punishment through neuroscience. It is teaching scientists about the neural substrates of human characteristics based around anger, impulse control and conscience. The hope is that it will shed new light on personal responsibilities.

There has been an ongoing understanding that the brain is the control center for all actions and decisions humans make. This has long challenged the concept of free will being the basis for personal responsibility. What this has done is create an array of questions that have gone one unanswered for years and years.

“If the brain is the source of all action, do we hold the person less responsible for his actions when the brain is damaged? Does antisocial behavior itself provide evidence of a maladapted or miswired brain, or do we need physical evidence of trauma or disease?”

Cognitive Skills: The Magic Number Is 40

With continuous advances in technology, medicine and the brain health field in general, many are beginning to live far longer than ever before.

Some even believe that a mature life doesn’t truly begin until the age of 40 while others think it’s all downhill from there.

But new research shows that our cognitive skills simple slow down once we reach that magic number. Research has been presented to the British Psychological Society in London suggesting that our reaction times, concentration span and memory powers begin to decline once we hit the age of 40 to 45 years.

Prior to the age of 40 we are usually full of energy, feel good and are trucking along. After that, a steady decline occurs and will continue for the next 40 years and beyond. The decline in cognitive skills comes from a study by the Cognitive Drug Research company. The study took 2,300 healthy people that were aged 18 to 87 and hammered away at what abilities or inabilities they had over the years.

The Blue Ball

Another great task of the CogniFit assessment is the "Blue Ball". Here you will see a ball or bubble appearing on the screen and you need to rapidly click on it. The bubble disappears and reappears in different positions on the screen and you need to react quickly by paying special attention. The system will measure and track all your movements and evaluate how quickly you react when you see a new bubble appearing on the screen.

To spice the task even more, you need to aim for the center of the bubble and not simply click on it. This forces you to be even more precise when playing this cognitive and brain assessment task!

The Blue Square - Measuring Your Response Time

The Blue Square is one of the assessment task that will assess your response time. The response time can be defined as the ability to perceive a simple stimulus and respond to it.

Response time is one of the skill that we are constantly using in our daily lives. For example when driving down a road a car in front of you brake suddenly, you need to react very quickly to hit the brakes and avoid a collision.

This brain fitness assessment task is quite simple to play. It asks you to click as fast as you can on your mouse and see if you can move the earth to the top of the screen to measure how fast you can actually do it.

The CogniFit Assessment

To offer you an effective training, the CogniFit technology make sure that you are constantly assessed. After each training session, you will automatically perform an assessment task that will measure and track your progress.

This helps dynamically change the level and difficultly of your training sessions and allows the system to find the best tasks for you.

We are all different and have different strengths and weaknesses.  This is the same for our cognitive skills. Everyone of us has different levels in their cognitive skills.

It is important for you to train more on those cognitive abilities that are the weak while making sure you remain strong on the rest. And for this you need to start brain training today and enjoy the CogniFit cognitive assessment!

Release Of The Neurons And Challenges

In the last weeks, CogniFit has released two major features to make your brain training experience on the platform even more incredible!

The first release is the Neurons. Each time you train your neurons and brain on the platform, you will gain an amount of neurons which will be calculated depending on how well you have played.

With these neurons, you can then unlock many of the applications that are available on CogniFit so you add more brain games to your training regimen.

We have also unlocked the Challenges. You can now decide to challenge a friend or anyone on CogniFit and associate a number of neurons to a specific game. The target to beat is always the score that you have reached at a specific task at the time you have created the challenge.

You can also decide to accept challenges that other users have created in the community or that your friends have sent to you.

CogniFit strive to make a serious, effective brain fitness experience always more pleasant and with the Neurons and Challenges, you will even have more fun!

The Importance Of Mental Health

Mental health is seen as a positive thing whereby a person feels good about their environment and responds to it in a positive manner. Most of us strive to achieve an outstanding level of good mental health. Let’s explore how this can occur and why sometimes people have trouble maintaining good mental health.

Mental health can be affected by a great many things. The way that people feel about themselves and respond to their environment can be affected by many things. In some cases the brain simply doesn’t function properly. There may be a chemical imbalance which can prevent the brain from operating as it should. This can lead to poor mental health.

The way to treat these kinds of problems can include several techniques which can help to correct whatever is causing the brain chemistry to be unbalanced. There may also be some kind of injury or disease which is affecting mental health.

Memory Loss – Some Suggestions To Help

Our ability to remember things is a very important way in which we learn and can experience the life around us.

Our brains have the unique ability to process information, store and then retrieve it sometimes years later.

However there are things which can affect and result in memory loss.

We will discuss this further but also suggest some ways in which this program can be addressed and improved.

Memory loss can occur from a wide variety of things. It is most commonly associated with older people. Over time the neural networks which form in the brain break down. These neural networks play a key role in memory functions and their breakdown can also have a significant effect.

The Mechanism Of Brain Plasticity

Brain plasticity is a very important mechanism by which the brain is able to learn and retain information. It is a physical change to the brain and plays some vital roles. So let’s explore this further.

Brain plasticity causes a physical change in the brain to occur. A good example of this is when a child learns something new.

As these new experiences become exposed to the child, new neural networks form. If the experience or sensory input is repeated, more neural networks form and the result is reinforced.

This is also why long term memories can be so vivid even to the point of being able to recall sounds, sights and smells from something which may have occurred years earlier. Brain plasticity also plays a very important role the ability of different parts of the brain taking over functions it may not have normally performed.

The Brain And Its Wonders

The brain is one of the most amazing organs in the human body. It is unique among all other creatures for its ability to think, reason and control emotion.

Let’s discuss more about the brain and what makes it so amazing.

The brain controls virtually every part of the human body. Without the brain, you would not be able to breathe, control your muscles, walk, talk hear or see.

The brain also responds to senses like touch and can tell you if you are in contact with something hot or cold. The human brain is made up of billions of neurons which have the ability to transmit information through electrical and chemical impulses.

Take Care Of Your Brain Health

We need virtually all of our organs to function and live. But the brain is something which makes us unique among other animals and gives us the ability to think and discriminate. It also gives us the ability to communicate through language and to express emotion. And it plays an integral role in letting us learn new things.

Good brain health is essential to keeping these mental functions running along properly. So let’s understand how to maintain good brain health.

First of all it is very important to keep in mind that the brain is part of the body and it needs proper nutrition just like the rest of our body. So make sure to “feed” the brain with nutritious foods. Stick with plenty of vegetables, lean meats and poultry and stay away from fatty foods, high sugar foods and foods with lots of chemicals and preservatives.

Are Smartphones Good For Your Brain Health?

Brain health requires a certain amount of work on all of our part. In many ways technology have sometimes robbed us of our brain health because we rely on it to a too large extent remember things for us.

We keep our schedules on electronic calendar. We use our Smartphone to update our social pages and keep in touch with people who we might otherwise forget about. We even send out email birthday cards and preprogram them months in advance.

Smartphones are unbelievable in everything they can do for us. But sometimes, relying or using a technology to an extreme can be bad in the long run. This could impact our brain health. In the other hand, it is still up to us to decide how we challenge and regularly train our brain to keep it sharp and healthy.

Keep Sharp With Mental Training

There is a lot that goes into mental health. Some of it is mental training and some of it is physical. If you are trying to stay physically fit you need to work out your body and brain and eat right.

On the flip side, once you stop working out and eating right, you begin to lose muscle tone and the advancements your body and brain have made. This is particularly true if you try to train at a particular skill.

If you don't keep up on it you start losing the ability to maintain your level of skill. However, many people stop doing any kind of mental training once they finish school. Mental training, just like physical training, is a use it or lose it ability.

Stress And Our Brains

It is widely recognized that stress is bad for us and scientists are becoming more aware of just how bad stress is for different systems in or bodies. Stress can raise blood pressure, can make our arteries stiffer; it can suppress our immune system; it has been show to raise the risk of diabetes, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists have found that chronic stress rewires our brains in such a way that it makes us repeat the behaviors that are stressing us out to begin with.

In experiments with rats at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute at the University of Minho in Portugal, chronically stressed rats resorted to routine actions, rather than trying to find a different way to deal with stress. Their brains also underwent some changes.

Brain Fitness: Have You Peaked?

Peaking could be defined as reaching a point where it is as good as it is going to get. Jack Nicholson starred in a movie in 1997 titled "As Good As It Gets" where he attempted to ask this question in his own life. We could do the same thing for our brain fitness.

Is there anything we can do to make it better? Physical fitness and brain fitness are closely related in terms of things we can do to become more fit and healthy. You will find in this post few ideas to try to maintain a good mental health.

1. Exercise. We all know we should go out and take a walk for 30 minutes three or four times a week help improve our physical fitness. We should do the same thing by walking our brains several times a week to help improve its fitness. When you exercise your brain you can generate new brain cells which is a process known as "neurogenesis".

CogniFit Is Now Available In Several Languages

We are pleased to announce that you can access your CogniFit program in different languages. You can use the program in French where brain fitness can be referred to as "jeux d'entraînement cérébral", in German "Gehirntraining", in Italian "Allenamento per la mente" and in Spanish "Juegos para el cerebro"

More Research Confirms Brain Training Staves Off Dementia

Nearly 36 million people in the world suffer from Alzheimer’s or some other type of dementia. This number is growing year after year. In the last few years there have been several studies that link brain training to increased cognitive function and brain processing.

Research that was published early this year shows a link between brain training and the levels of the protein that cause Alzheimer’s. This study was conducted by Chinese researchers who enrolled 270 healthy adults age 65-75. They were randomly assigned to either do brain training activities or to a group who did a placebo type game which was the control group.

The brain games consisted of measuring skills in memory, reasoning, problem solving, map reading and health education and exercise. They did hour long training sessions twice a week for three months. The results of the research were very positive.

Important Tips For Your Mental Health

In this post, we want to offer tips to help you maintain or improve mental health. Keeping yourself mentally fit does not have to be hard to do.

Every day most of the population is subjected to an intense and stressful routine, which in many cases gives way to oscillations of feelings such as euphoria or grief. It is important to try to be balanced and there are several things you can do to towards it. A healthy brain is a happy brain!

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that about 450 million people worldwide will suffer some type of mental disorder throughout life. Less than half of these people receive adequate help.

Great Natural Foods For Best Brain Function

The organ in the body that is considered the most complex is the brain. It allows us to move, think, and feel. It also makes us dream.

There have been numerous studies over the years that confirm the importance of natural foods and nutrients for improved brain function. Because of its complexity, it is vital that we need to find ways on how to help improve its functioning power.

The following are a number of foods and nutrients that help maintain and improve a healthy mental function.

Learning Something New With Intensity Improves Brain Plasticity

One problem old people face is cognitive decline. This is includes memory loss, the rate at which we process information, and even how we talk. You might be alarmed that a recent European study finds that this begins to happen to people in their 40's and not in their 60's So what can you do about it?

Learn something new and challenging! Increase your brain plasticity by using more of your brain or even growing your brain. Sound far-fetched? Leading scientists in the field of neuroplasticity have found that learning new skills that require a certain level of intensity can actually help your brain grow.

When you were young you did this automatically without giving it much thought. Things such as learning to ride a bike or tying your shoes were something we all wanted to do. As you get older you face of new challenges finding things that still force you to use your brain.

Does Brain Injury Lead To A Higher Rate Of Suicide

Brain injury is tragic for anyone who has experienced it. It's equally as tough on the people and families who are around the victim. This can become even worse when the person with brain damage commits suicide.

Recent incidences of concussions leading to suicide has people questioning whether this type of brain damage plays an important role in suicide.

This has really come to the forefront recently with former NFL will players including Junior Seau. What's interesting about Junior Seau is that he played professional football in the NFL for over 17 years. This is certainly one of the most competitive sports and one of the most violent sports as well. He is the second former NFL player to suicide in the past two weeks.

What Implications Do Memory Games And Multitasking Have On Your Brain?

Multitasking is something that has become inevitable in our busy society today. Many employers even look at whether or not you possess the quality when hiring. The question is how good, or bad is multitasking on the brain and what connection do memory games have with it?

There have been countless studies that have displayed harmful effects of multitasking on the brain. Such studies at Stanford showed that doing multiple things at once takes away the aspect of filtering and sorting information as quickly as we typically would be able to. In addition, the study found that we lose our ability to focus on single pieces of detail.

The problem is very few have the time to take one thing at a time. If only there was so much time in the day to get everything done piece by piece, right? But the simple fact of the matter is it is not like that.

The Simple Road To A Natural Memory Boost Through Brain Games And More

So you’re beginning to forget where you put the keys, what time your appointments are and what you ate for dinner last week. It’s not all dark and gloomy as it could certainly be much worse. And the good news is there are a number of things you can do naturally to boost your memory a bit starting with brain games.

There have been a number of critics when it comes to brain games with people questioning whether they really work at all. Nowadays, there have been a large number of studies conducted that reveal promising benefits for those that practice brain games a few times a week. What is important is to make sure to use a scientifically validated program such as CogniFit.

Exercise is good for much more than keeping your ideal weight. Experts say that 30 minutes of exercise a day, five days a week can have tremendous effects on the mind, memory and body as a whole. It helps to keep the blood pumping around the body while keeping your heart healthy. With the two coupled together, your brain can get the maximum potential.

Mild Cognitive Impairment Patients Have New Reasons To Look Forward To The Future

Those suffering from amnestic mild cognitive impairment have a glimpse of hope for the future. A new study shows another potential therapeutic approach that can improve the memory of patients while modifying disease progression within.

It states that excess brain activity can do more harm than good in some conditions that lead to mild cognitive decline and memory impairment. You will often find elevated activity within parts of the hippocampus, which leads to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

One such example of this is with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. The sad result is a worsening mind and memory state than others of the same age experience. What doctors have found is that the increased hippocampal activation can be a highly beneficial function simply by adding additional neural resource to make up for what has been lost.

New Details Reveal Neurotransmitters That Assist With Process Of Forgetting

Neuroscience is a fascinating field that constantly impresses with new information in aspects of life that affect so many of us. The brain is the central tool of our life.

While it is mind-boggling how much we do know about the brain, it is even more extraordinary how much there is still to learn. And the latest findings by scientists prove just that. Scientists have stumbled upon neurotransmitters that actually lead to forgetting.

For years on end researchers and doctors have always looked at memory as a way to hold onto and preserve those ever-so-crucial ideas and facts about ourselves. What has gone overlooked is the importance of forgetting the treacherous moments and the bad memories that occurred at some point.

Living In A Bachelor’s Pad Increases The Chances Of Developing Depression

With more people than ever living on their own, depression numbers are also on the rise. The UK and US has seen a steady increase over the last three decades with the number of lone residents doubling to one in three. And new research shows the risk of depression is far greater for those living alone compared to people in a social or family group.

BMC Public Health revealed new findings that show those living alone have an 80% higher risk of developing depression. This was measured by people who take antidepressants and for women, a third of the risk is attributed to socio-demographic facts like a lack of education or low income.

For men, a poor job climate or a lack of support at work are the biggest contributing factors. Alcohol and drugs remains a problem for many and certainly increases the odds of generating a somber mood. This is particularly true in men who often revert to the bottle when sad, mad, angry or agitated.

Scientists Reveal New Information On Alzheimer’s Trigger

While much has been discovered about Alzheimer’s over the years, scientists and researchers continue to hammer away at the disease to find new information daily.

Their consistent efforts continue to lead to new findings, including the latest discovery on the trigger of the horrific disease.

It is now known that a highly toxic beta-amyloid, which is a protein that exists in the brains of patients, can greatly increase the toxicity of other more common and less toxic beta-amyloids. As a result, it could act as a trigger for the growth and development of Alzheimer’s. The finding was published in the May 2 online edition of Nature.

What this could mean is better and far more effective treatments for the disease down the road. Some have even completed phase 1 clinical trials that inhibits an enzyme that ultimately catalyzes the formation of the hyertoxic version of beta-amyloid. What this can do is convert more abundant beta-amyloids into a form that is as much as 100 times more toxic.

Seconds At The Dinner Table Can Lead To Loss Of Memory

Everyone gets a pass when it comes to indulging over a large Thanksgiving meal and even leftovers the next day.

But getting seconds and thirds at the dinner table day in and day out can have important implications on your memory and brain as a whole.

A new study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting shows that overeating can double the risk of memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment in people aged 70 and older. While it has long been known that a poor diet could lead to unwanted pounds, this evidence sheds new light on the consequences of eating that second plate of food every night.

The trend of individuals experiencing normal loss of thought and memory has gradually been increasing over the last half century. A loss of cognition and early stage dementia are both precursors for the devastating Alzheimer’s disease that now affects nearly half of those aged 80 and above. What’s sad is the simple fact that managing your diet and practicing calorie restriction early in life is one of the most effective tools to fighting off memory loss.

The power is in our own hands to prevent dementia, but we as a society keep eating away at our memory and brain cells. The new study that presented these findings focused on 1,233 individuals who were aged 70 to 89 and free of dementia.

Each filled out a survey that highlighted the number of calories they ate or drank and were then separated into three groups based on caloric consumption. For the study, a third consumed between 600 and 1,526 calories a day, the second third averaged around 1,526 to 2,143 and the last group consumed between 2,1432 and 6,000 calories a day.

The findings were clearly evident that high caloric intake doubles the risk of cognitive decline and a loss of memory in seniors. The higher the amount of calories that were consumed each day the higher the risk of MCI was found. This even took into account a history of stroke, diabetes and other factors that can affect risk of memory loss.

With this, the study found that the participants in the lower two-thirds experienced no increased risk MCI. What this suggests is that the body can metabolize calories to a specific threshold before it begins to ne’s memory.

The excessive intake can lead to oxidative damage that results in structural changes in the brain over time. So the next time you sit down at the dinner table, eat in moderation knowing a diet high in calories can lead to much worse than an extra pound or two.

Berries To The Rescue For Memory Loss

We all see it, experience it and fall victim to it: memory loss. Sadly, some face symptoms far more extreme than others. It is the cognitive decline, the unnatural loss of memory, that is becoming more troublesome amongst society with it nearing epidemic proportions. But adding a berry or two to your diet could have outstanding affects.

It has long been known that a poor diet coupled with drugs and alcohol can quickly take toll on the body and mind. Sugar, hydrogenated fats, pollution and a lack of physical activity can be just as detrimental as the chemical and electrical connections become eroded.

It has also been suggested for years that fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries can help support an aging brain in conjunction with brain training. New research that was shared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry now shows that a variety of berry fruits can also potentially help prevent age-related memory loss.

The Concept Of Mind

A famous figure once declared that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. We have all known people in our lives who have wasted their mind and are not using theirs efficiently even as we write this.

Although it could seem natural for some to see the mind and the brain as synonymous, most cultures have separated them.

This is also true of scientists and doctors who study facts and matters and not the soul. The theory that has existed throughout time is that the mind itself is made up of experience and thought. These two elements include perception, imagination, reason, memory, attention, and emotion as well as the ability to communicate.

What Qualifies As A Brain Injury?

Junior Seau is getting all of the attention after his suicide last month. Many people wonder if this has occurred because of a brain injury or injuries that happened when he played pro football.

Mike Webster was really the first pro football player to publically suffer from erratic behavior attributed to head injuries over a 17 year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Still, you do not have to play a violent sport to suffer from brain injuries. Brain injury or brain damage is the degeneration or destruction of brain cells. It may occur as a result of a wide variety of conditions, injuries, or illnesses:

Memory Games – Fun To Remember Better

The ability to remember is a very important way in which we learn and improve upon our mental processes. There are some terrific tasks to help people to remember better. One way is through serious memory games.

Memory games can be entertaining, fun AND effective at the same time. Let’s talk a little more about what they are and how they can be of benefit.

In simple terms memory games are designed to improve upon how we take information, process it, store it and then retrieve it. They are generally designed to be easy to implement and are entertaining and fun. These tasks are available in many forms and formats.

Alzheimer’s Disease And Its Conscequences

Alzheimer’s Disease is a very serious neurological problem which has significant impacts on sufferers along with their friends and family. It can result in changes to a person’s memory along with his thoughts and normal behaviors.

This neurological disorder will be discussed and we will explore what causes it, typical symptoms, treatments and new developments.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which impacts how the brain cells function and communicate with each other. It is not known why this disease occurs but there are certain risk factors associated with its development.

More Than Just Fun With Serious Brain Games

Many people love to play games. But did you know that there are some very effective brain games which can improve your mental functions? Yes they are different than playing baseball but their benefits can be significant.

There are all kinds of brain tasks and you may enjoy some of them without realizing that you are playing one.

For example there are many word tasks which are in fact very good brain games. They can help us to increase our vocabulary, our naming and understanding of different words.

Special puzzles and other tasks are available in many different formats and may be suitable to all kinds of people. Some are simple games which are intended for children while others are pretty complicated and challenging.

Can You Learn to Think More Effectively With Mind Training?

It is important to understand that it is entirely possible to teach our brains to think more effectively and enhance its overall potential.

So let’s discuss some of the techniques involved and benefits of mind training.

There are many ways in which you can teach your mind to function more effectively. This is an essential part of improving the learning process. Students apply different techniques all the time and parents and teachers are very committed to identify and apply them.

But mind training can benefit virtually anyone who is interested in pursuing different techniques. There are many types of mind training which can be applied. Many functions and cognitive abilities of the brain can be improved upon through different techniques.

Memory Loss – Causes, Impacts And Treatments

We depend so much on our ability to recall people, places and things. It is an essential part of the learning process. So memory loss can be a devastating development and one in which we all seek to avoid. However, let us look at some of the causes, impacts and treatments of memory loss.

The brain does an amazing job of receiving, processing, storing and recalling information. However there are many factors which can affect its ability to retain memory.

Memory loss can be a very serious problem and affect not only the person involved but their friends, family and others they become involved with.

Memory loss is most commonly associated with aging. The specialized brain cells called neurons are responsible for brain function and enable information to be communicated across many different cells. The number of neurons is believed to be fixed shortly after birth and no more are created thereafter.

Do You Know What Brain Plasticity Is?

You may not have heard of brain plasticity before but you should recognize that it is an essential part of how the brain retains new information and develops. It is a mechanism which physically changes the brain in response to certain stimuli. We will explore this further so you better understand your brain.

The brain communicates information and processes it through neural networks. When a baby is born, he/she has largely undeveloped neural networks. But as the child is exposed to new things and must learn to process the information, the brain responds by changing physically and creating new neural networks.

As these networks proliferate, the information is formed on a more permanent basis. So brain plasticity is an essential way in which children can learn new information and keep it available for later use. This is certainly a very essential way in which people learn and develop.