Longevity gene may enhance brain power

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If scientists could boost the brain’s ability to function, they may be able to counter dementias.

For the first time ever, scientists have shown that people who have a variant of a gene called KLOTHO also have improved cognitive abilities, including better memories and enhanced thinking skills.



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Can a nicotine patch make you smarter?

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A nicotine patch could be used for the treatment of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s, mild cognitive impairment, ADHD, Tourette’s, and schizophrenia.

Dan Hurley, author of  Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power, is on a quest to make his brain work better. He is looking into the evidence for why nicotine may be the best bet for building brain power.



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At 95 will your mind still be sharp? Chances are improving all of the time: Study

As we approach old age, on average, we should arrive in better shape mentally than any previous generation.

As we approach 100-years-old our bodies might still be (sort of) working,  but many wonder whether their minds will be sharp enough to appreciate life.



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Do taller workers earn more money because they are more intelligent?

Are taller workers smarter?

Taller workers earn a substantial wage premium. Studies that go back to the middle of the last century attribute the premium to non-cognitive abilities, which are associated with stature and rewarded in the labor market. More recent research argues that cognitive abilities explain the stature-wage relationship.



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Does multitasking make you dumber?

Multitasking is attempting to handle more than one task simultaneously.

As part of Simon Hørup Eskildsen’s, a ruby developer,  research of super productivity, he has explored the topics of context switching and multitasking. Eskildsen found that multitasking has a tremendous effect on how we approach tasks and too much multitasking can negatively alter how our brain processes information.



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Brainiest cities across America


The map from Zara Matheson of the Martin Prosperity Institute maps the brainy metro index across U.S. metros.

We are often told the smartest cities and nations do the best in the knowledge economy. Smart cities typically are measured  by education level, calculating the cities or metros with the largest percentage of college grads or the largest shares of adults with advanced degrees. Others do it by charting the kinds of work people do and the occupations they hold, differentiating between knowledge or creative workers and others who do more routine manufacturing and service jobs.

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Changes in Sleep Habits in Mid-Life Can Accelerate Cognitive Decline

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Length of sleep among middle aged adults affects cognitive function.

If you wanted to spend your retirement years sleeping until noon before drinking your first cup of coffee, you might want to weigh that luxurious dream against its consequences…. Such a change in your sleep habits may just leave you with not a lot on the ball.


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Older People May Not Be Wiser When It Comes to Decisions About Money

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Certain parts of the brain (highlighted in yellow) are more “noisy” in older adults making investment decisions.

Brain imaging and economic research suggest that older people make less predictable decisions about money.

The common perception is that older people are more conservative investors than their younger counterparts. But brain imaging studies combined with economic analysis are causing neuroscientists to question that idea. Recent research suggests that sometimes older people make riskier and less logical investment decisions than younger people, and that specific changes in the brain associated with aging may underlie those decisions.


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Young Children With High-Quality Daycare See Lasting Benefits


Children in high-quality childcare scored slightly higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement years later as teenagers.

Parents worried about putting very young children into daycare got some reassuring answers on Friday — children who have high-quality care see academic benefits lasting into high school.


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Woman Unable To Recognise Voices Gives New Insights Into The Human Brain

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Is another mystery of the human mind unravelling?

The successful British businesswoman, who is normal in every other way, is the first known case of someone being born with developmental phonagnosia, which leaves her unable to recognise even the voices of her own family.

Her condition is so profound that she often avoids using the telephone and struggles to identify people speaking on the radio.

Neuroscientists have now performed a series of tests and brain scans while asking her to listen to a range of recorded voices…

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Why Are Some People Smarter Than Others?


The fancier the cortex, the smarter the brain

Why are some people smarter than others? In a new article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Eduardo Mercado III from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, describes how certain aspects of brain structure and function help determine how easily we learn new things, and how learning capacity contributes to individual differences in intelligence.


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