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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Scientists love to divide human thinking into two parts: right brain vs. left brain, rational vs. emotional, conscious vs. subconscious, and no doubt many others. Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, proposes a simple split to explain much of human behavior: fast vs. slow. He makes it clear that this is an artificial construct, but at the same time draws upon decades of research to demonstrate its utility. […]

By |March 22nd, 2012|

A Better Brain in Four Days

We’d all like to think better, but few of us have the time or desire to, say, spend years in a Tibetan monastery learning to meditate. Past studies have shown that such extended training can indeed improve cognitive functioning. Remarkable new research shows that just four days of meditating for 20 minutes per day produced significant benefits as measured by a battery of tests of cognition. […]

By |April 28th, 2010|

Brain Fitness: Skip the Sudoku, Be a Volunteer

Just-published research in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows that volunteering and similar social activities are helpful in staving off mental decline in later years, and can actually improve cognition.

By |December 22nd, 2009|

Smarts from Sunshine

We all know that sunshine seems to have an impact on your mood, but could it even affect how well you think and make decisions? Surprising new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that it can: […]

By |August 7th, 2009|

Another Way Video Games Make You Smarter

One of my most read, tweeted, and retweeted posts lately has been Video Games Make You Smarter… Really. In addition to the cognitive enhancement from “shooter” and other games involving intense screen action, there’s another way that video games can help brain fitness. […]

By |July 28th, 2009|

Video Games Make You Smarter… Really!

Can video games make you a better air traffic controller? How about a better surgeon? And, for the huge demographic bubble of baby boomers, can video games keep you cognitively sharp into old age?

Continuing our focus on brain fitness this week (see also Nap for Success), here’s another surprising research finding: video games make you smarter! And not just any video games like the sedate Tetris… it’s the action-packed shoot-em-ups like Unreal Tournament and Counter Strike that work best. Specifically, visual search skills were dramatically better in hard-core gamers compared to non-gamers: […]

By |July 2nd, 2009|

Nap for Success

Not long ago we learned that daydreaming is the key to creativity, and now I’ve got even better news: napping makes you smarter! Or, according to Richard Restak’s new book, Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance, at least it helps you learn much more quickly: […]

By |June 29th, 2009|