Brain Exercises: Just as Important as Pumping Iron

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Just as going to the gym improves your muscles more than simply walking, using mental training software is more effective than solving crossword puzzles. The infographic below, provided by Cognifit, does a great job of explaining how this works.

Debunking Myths about Only Children + Unlocking the Teenage Brain

[amazon asin=1451626959&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Lauren Sandler, author of One and Only.
Topic:
The freedom of having an only child, and the joy of being one.
Issues: What are only children really like? Debunking stereotypes and myths about “onlies”; the benefits to children, relationships, and society of having–and being–an only child.


[amazon asin=1118343050&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Eric Jensen, coauthor of Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain.
Topic:
Helping underperforming students become lifelong learners.
Issues: Research-based, classroom-tested strategies to strengthen students’ mind, body, and help them become exceptional lifelong learners; how and when to use workarounds; how the brain changes; how increase your student’s effort, build a better attitude, and improve behavior.

Concussions: Getting Your Head in the Game Isn’t Always Smart

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heading soccer ball can cause brain damageIf you’re a soccer fan, nothing can compare with the sight of a player “heading” the ball into the goal. Being able to do that takes years of practice—practice that aside from improving skills, may be causing brain damage–even if it doesn’t cause a concussion.  [Read more...]

Excuse Me, Teacher, after We Chew Gum, Can We Play a Video Game?

chewing gum and video games improve memory, concentration, and reaction time

chewing gum and video games improve memory, concentration, and reaction timeLooking for the latest miracle drug? Well, you might not have to go any further than your neighborhood grocery store. And it shouldn’t cost any more than a pack of gum. Oh, wait. That miracle drug actually is gum, according to a team of Japanese researchers. And in Italy, a team of researchers found that dyslexic kids did better on reading tests after they’d played action video games.

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