Several studies have shown that cognitive functions – including memory, attention, multitasking – can be trained.
A quite unexpected thesis, don’t you think? What might look as a bold psycho-trick at first glance is a promising self-management technique and a shortly revealed paper in the Nature Journal, one of the most prestigious scientific journals worldwide.
Under normal circumstances, we are generally fairly able not to react to every emotional impulse. For example, when someone bumps into us on a busy street, we don’t turn back to retaliate but rather move on with our daily life and just let it go.
It seems, some people keep on their good intentions with ease. They frequently do sports, do not immerse in indulgence and pay more attention to their general health conditions. What is their secret and why do so many people fail to achieve their goals?
Just as the efficiency of a computer is directly affected by the time it needs to process a certain amount of information, one of the most important factors of our brain fitness is the speed of processing. It is also one of brain’s features that is most sensitive to the effects of ageing, so that following a rapid increase through adolescence and a short-term stability in young adulthood, it decreases just as rapidly after middle age.
Breathing is an interesting body function: it constantly happens but mostly we don’t pay attention to it, but when it for some reason is inhibited or the rhythm of breathing changes, we immediately become aware of it. Luckily, our brain has evolved a system that automatically controls our breathing since it is a life-essential function.
It is well known that keeping oneself mentally active decelerates cognitive decline that occurs naturally as the brain gets older. However, certain clinical pathologies, such as dementia, have such a detrimental effect on brain tissue that it has been difficult to find treatments and interventions that have an effect on the progress of the disease.
Clinical depression is more than just a temporary feeling of sadness, which we all experience from time to time. It is a serious condition that impacts all aspects of our everyday functioning – Including eating, sleeping, working, the quality of our relationships, and the way we feel about ourselves. It is estimated that 16.6% of the U.S. population suffer from depression.
We all have a craving for something: sweet chocolate, tasty donuts, or greasy French fries. While they are not that harmful to health when consumed only occasionally, it is important to be prepared and take action when this cocoa-filled, aromatic piece of heaven becomes a real obsession.
Scientists have for long agreed on the various benefits of sleep to our well-being. One important function of sleep is the consolidation of memories about the things we’ve learned and experienced during the day.
Most of you will remember the Brain Awareness Week 2017, we talked about in March. As an official BAW partner, we are happy to contribute to this global campaign and present an exciting interview with the probably most famous researcher in the field of scientific brain training, Dr. Susanne Jaeggi (University of California, Irvine).