When Words Teeter on the Tip of Your Tongue (or Finger)

We’ve all been there: you’re having a casual, run-of-the-mill conversation, and all of a sudden you just… can’t… quite… think of… the… umm… hoo boy. At this point, you may try to make a joke to play off the situation, and if you’re of a certain age, that joke probably involves the phrase “senior moment”…

Convergence = Computer Science + Entertainment + Brain Science

There are three trends driving convergence of entertainment of computer science and entertainment. The first is the customers’ expectation is that content will follow the customer across multiple devices. The second is creators, the people and companies who produce the content, are becoming a much broader group. And the third is the canvas, as the underlying technology being used for the creation of the entertainment experience, is broadening the interactions consumers can have with content.

Daily TED Talk – Michael Merzenich on Re-wiring the Brain

This week something really neat is happening in Long Beach, California. It’s the annual TED Conference– a meeting of some of the world’s great minds of science, technology, design, and entertainment. While not all of us are able to attend the very exclusive TED Conference, we can all benefit from the wonderful videos they post…

Move Aside, Drugs: Non-invasive Brain Therapies

Recently, scientists at MIT tested a specially-designed nutritional drink to see whether it could improve cognitive function in patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. (Here’s an article in CNN on the subject.) The drink includes three key nutrients: uridine, choline (part of the vitamin B family) and DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid). These are nutrients that…

The Tipping Point?

If you ever get a chance to talk to Dr. Mike Merzenich, be assured he’ll fill you with a missionary’s zeal for brain fitness.  You’ll leave the conversation wondering why everyone isn’t taking advantage of their brains’ natural abilities to improve.  However, we know good habits aren’t embraced by our society overnight.  It’s taken decades…