Everyone knows the importance of staying physically fit. Research in the past several years has shown that mental “workouts” may improve memory, relieve stress and even help stave off Alzheimer’s.
This new site is an online gym for the mind, offering a blog about the science of brain fitness and links to relevant research.
SMELL-O-VISION The cover illustration for the story “Dating in a Digital World,” by Eli J. Mating involves exchanging pheromones, which provide information used by the brain outside of conscious thought.
This tiny structure hides about one centimeter inside the nose in each nostril along the middle wall, where it can sample each inhalation for pheromones.
The studies vary in procedures and subject populations, including children with ADHD and stroke patients.
With that in mind, we think it is simply too early to conclude that working memory interventions are not effective.
Editors' note: For more information about this topic, including a new study from the journal Intelligence that found working memory training did not result in lasting improvements, see “Best Evidence for Brain Training Falls Short,” a blog by Scientific American editor Gary Stix, at SCIENCE BIAS Regarding “Hard to Swallow,” by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham, the assumption of such a condescendingly dismissive attitude toward nonmainstream health care modalities reflects badly on a publication founded in scientific principles. GIVING TV TOO MUCH CREDIT I wouldn't hasten to thank television's increasing portrayal of mental health issues for any apparent drop in associated stigmas, as Daisy Yuhas does in her article “Psychology: As Seen on TV!
The big question is why can we not somehow end our culture's addiction to keeping cats as pets?
Or at least find a way to ensure they and their owners (servants, staff? Isn't there a hue and a cry whenever any other popular part of our culture (for example, tobacco, trans fats) poses a significant health risk?
A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist who published the special and general theories of relativity and contributed in other areas of physics.