Tag Archives: neuroplasticity

10h of Brain Training Keep You Sharp for A Year

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Computerized brain training is more powerful than crossword puzzles to optimize brain functions. A new study showed that 10h of playing a game that trains one’s thinking speed successfully improved players’ performance in many tasks, while crossword puzzles had no effect. Continue reading

Use your Memory: It will Grow!

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Here is a question for you: Given that the hippocampus is a brain structure that plays an important role in both memory and spatial navigation, who would you predict have a bigger hippocampus: A taxi or a bus driver? Continue reading

Playing Music Trains The Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As you know the brain is plastic, that is the way brain cells grow and are wired together changes with our experiences. Although such neuroplasticity decreases with age, it is present throughout our lives. This is why what we do on a daily basis can have a huge impact on our brain health and good mental functioning. A recent study adds to this issue by showing that playing an instrument can decrease age-related hearing loss. Continue reading

Memory Training Changes the Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) show early signs of memory loss and are at high risk of developing dementia. As discussed in a previous post, they can greatly benefit from regular brain exercises. A recent study shows that the memory improvement caused by brain training can be directly observed in the brain. Continue reading

Meditation can Change your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

What we do on a daily basis can affect our brain health, thanks to neuroplasticity, the lifelong ability of the brain to change. In other words, new brain cells (neurons) and connections between neurons can grow, based on our experiences. Previous studies have shown that becoming expert at a specific activity (music, language, navigation, etc.) changes the brain areas involved in this activity. These areas are highly stimulated and usually get bigger as more neurons and connections are generated. Could practicing meditation change the brain too? Continue reading

Why Crosswords Puzzles are not Enough for a Sharper Mind

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We often wish we could remember better, pay more attention, be more understanding, be less stressed, etc. In other words we all wish we could function better. Is this possible? Experts tell us that to function better we must take care of our physical brain and try to develop and exercise it. Continue reading