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Six Ways to Boost Your Brainpower

Researchers concluded that people with high brain reserve have almost half as much risk of developing dementia as those with low brain reserve. Feeling a little less mentally quick than you did a few years ago? Here are six proven ways to boost your brainpower....

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Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain Function and Health

To achieve optimum performance, people need good quality sleep. Impaired sleep reduces performance on many mental tasks. Lack of sleep can cause health problems and have dramatic effects on quality of life.

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Where In the Brain Does Creativity Come From? Evidence from Jazz Musicians

A new brain-imaging study has studied the brain activity of jazz guitarists during improvisation to show that creativity is, in fact, driven primarily by the right hemisphere in musicians who are comparatively inexperienced at improvisation. However, musicians who are highly experienced at improvisation rely primarily on their left hemisphere.

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Simple Raisin Test Forecasts a Child’s Attention and Learning Capacity

A simple test using a raisin can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, according to research conducted at the University of Warwick. Using just the piece of dried fruit and a plastic cup they have devised a test based on how long a 20-month old child can wait to pick up a raisin in front of them.

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Alfred Binet: Contributions to IQ Testing and Psychology

Alfred Binet’s most significant contribution to the field of child psychology was the development of the first intelligence test. But there's more...

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Smart People May Learn Music Faster

Why do some people learn music more quickly than others? Intelligence could play a role, according to a new study that investigated the early stages of learning to play piano.

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Study: Excessive Athletic Training Makes Your Brain Tired

You'd expect excessive athletic training to make the body tired, but can it make the brain tired too? A new study suggests that the answer is 'yes.'

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Astronauts’ Brains Change Shape During Spaceflight

MRIs before and after space missions reveal that astronauts' brains compress and expand during spaceflight, according to a University of Michigan study.

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Study: Foot Painters’ Toes Mapped Like Fingers in the Brain

Using your feet like hands can cause organized 'hand-like' maps of the toes in the brain, never before documented in people, finds a new study of two professional foot painters.

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4 Common Brain Myths Set Straight

If you assumed that any of these neuromyths were true, you are not alone. According to research done by Macdonald et al. the general public believe 68 percent of common neuromyths, educators endorse 56 percent, and even respondents with neuroscience training believe 46 percent.

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Exercising Your Brain May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease

In a search for clues to what may delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report that smarter, more educated people aren't protected from the disease, but do get a cognitive "head start" that may keep their minds functioning better temporarily.

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How the Brain Changes When Mastering a New Skill

Researchers have discovered what happens in the brain as people learn how to perform tasks, which could lead to improved lives for people with brain injuries. The study revealed that new neural activity patterns emerge with long-term learning and established a causal link between these patterns and new behavioral abilities.

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