The Best in May Brain News

Best May Brain News

Discover the latest May brain news and research in our latest monthly digest.

Psych Central : Early Life Brain Stimulation Linked to Robust Mental Health

Looking to combat cognitive decline? A new study has found that brain stimulating activities like leadership or management roles at work, continuing adult education or social engagement enhances mental agility in later years. Early and mid-life challenges help build cognitive reserve which provides a buffer against age or illness. Higher levels of reserve increase the chance of staying cognitively fit for longer. Start building your brain reserve and learn more about the findings of this large-scale research by the University of Exeter!

Science Daily: How Walking Benefits The Brain

Did you know that walking isn’t only good for your body but also your brain? Research by New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) reveals that this physical exercise can boost the blood supply to the brain. So go for a walk today.

NY Times: ‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds

Scientists have discovered that zapping the brain with a little bit of electricity at the correct time may aid in enhancing memory. These findings might one day help create technologies to help people suffering from memory loss. Learn more about this cutting edge technique. 

Forbes : Too Much Sugar Linked To Reduced Memory, Brain Volume

Findings from a new study indicate that drinks laden with sugar are linked with brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease. On average, the more sugary beverages consumed, the lower the scores on memory exams and the lower overall brain volume. A reduction in brain volume has been associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. Try to remove or lower the sugar in your drinks and discover more about this latest research! 

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Socializing This Easter: The Fun Easy Brain Boost!

Socializing, A Fun Easy Way To Boost Your Brain

Did you know that socializing with friends and family during a holiday like Easter is a great way to boost your mental, emotional and physical health? Maintaining connections with friends and family is one of the easiest ways to provide a novel environment for your mind. This, in turn, helps combat cognitive decline.

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Research findings at Chicago’s Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Centre indicate that people who were actively social had 25% less cognitive decline. A study by Michigan University also reveals a positive link between socializing and cognitive performance.  And, scientists at Brigham Young University found that loneliness and isolation can increase the chance of premature death by up to 30%. It’s clear that being social helps all ages. But, it’s particularly important as we age to prevent dementia and depression later life.

There’s no question that socialization helps our physical, mental and emotional health. So make some plans with your friends or family or put yourself in the company of others. Some fun social activities include volunteering, taking a class or joining a social club. This Easter, while you are enjoying spending time with loved ones and eating Easter treats, you can also celebrate that you are boosting your brain!

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Want To Get Better Brain Function For Life? Here’s How.

Get Better Brain Function For A Lifetime! Here's How.

Do you want your brain to perform at its best, in the present and in the future? How can you achieve this? Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a study of 17 “superagers,” seniors who have the brain function of 20 year olds. The scientists searched for key differences between superager brains and regular brains. And, if so, whether the findings could help improve brain function throughout one’s lifetime.

Yes, there were differences and, yes, they found ways to boost brain function. Superagers brains were bigger in regions where the normal brains were smaller. Surprisingly, the areas weren’t associated with mental reasoning but, rather, linked to emotion.

How do you stimulate the emotional regions? Well, it’s not by reading a sad novel or getting angry. It’s by challenging yourself until you are outside your comfort zone, then you have to push past this stage. Interestingly, it can be either a physical like a strenuous hike or a mental effort like solving a difficult puzzle.

So what are some ways to challenge yourself?

  1. Learn an instrument – set a deadline for when you’ll perform a song in front of your family, friends or peers
  2. Study a new language – plan a date to read a book or to speak with a local in that language
  3. Participate in Tough Mudder – or an equally physically challenging activity that will take you past your comfort zone. Eg. Cross Fit, cycling
  4. Take up meditation – sign up for some classes or read a book and then practice for longer periods day after day

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New Game of The Month: Try Roshambo For Free!

Try Fit Brains New Game of the Month Roshambo

We’re excited to introduce February’s New Game of the Month! Here’s an early Valentine’s gift for you. From now until Feb. 15, get unlimited access to this exclusive Premium game for free! Engage and stimulate your logic skills. Are you up for some Roshambo?

About Our Game: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Choose the correct symbol. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, paper beats rock. It challenges you to quickly switch between different modes of thought.

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Tis the Season for a Happy, Healthy Brain!

Tis the Season to Give for a Healthy Brain

The holiday season is here! Have you been naughty or nice? Will you make it on Santa’s list this year? We can all agree that getting gifts are fun but did you know gift giving makes your brain healthy and happy?

Gift Giving Leads to a Happy, Healthy Brain

Numerous studies reveal the positive effects of giving gifts. According to research by the National Institute of Health study, gift giving lights up brain regions linked to pleasure, social connection and trust, which leads to a healthy brain. The effects are more positive and stronger if your gift is meaningful. And, giving gifts lights up the part of the brain that makes us enjoy and like each other.

Another study by Harvard University and the University of British Columbia indicates that gift giving provides a sense of well-being and happiness. Furthermore, several other research findings indicate that generosity of all sorts, ranging from charitable donations to giving presents, leads to a happier, healthier brain.

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