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November 1, 2016


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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

USAAA Advisory Board member Dr. Stephen M. Shore presents in Indonesia

UCC scientists uncover a potential role of the microbiome in regulating myelination in the brain


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Want to 'train your brain'? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument

From theguardian.com

The multimillion dollar brain training industry is under attack. In October 2014, a group of over 100 eminent neuroscientists and psychologists wrote an open letter warning that "claims promoting brain games are frequently exaggerated and at times misleading". Earlier this year, industry giant Lumosity was fined $2m, and ordered to refund thousands of customers who were duped by false claims that the company's products improve general mental abilities and slow the progression of age-related decline in mental abilities. And a recent review examining studies purporting to show the benefits of such products found "little evidence ... that training improves improves everyday cognitive performance"....

....Other research shows that musical training also enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning, and literacy skills, such that professional musicians usually outperform non-musicians on these abilities.

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Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can't Catherine Loveday, University of Westminster

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USAAA Advisory Board member Dr. Stephen M. Shore presents in Indonesia

USAAA Advisory Board member Dr. Stephen M. Shore presented in Indonesia in the early part of 2016. This was his first visit to Indonesia. Dr. Shore has now presented in forty-one countries.

Go to the 4 minute mark of the video for the CNN Indonesia interview with Dr. Shore. He talks about opening doors for opportunities and looking at strengths. At the 14 minute mark, he talks about how he got interested in music that has been a significant part of his life.

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UCC scientists uncover a potential role of the microbiome in regulating myelination in the brain

USAAA editor's note: We have known about the gut and brain connection for at least a few decades.

From thecork.ie

Myelin is the insulation that surrounds the axon of nerve cells allowing efficient conduction of electrical signals. It is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system....Now, scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded APC Microbiome Institute at University College Cork have shown that the microbiome regulates myelination in the brains of adult mice.

Over the past decade it is becoming increasing clear that the microbes that reside within and around us play a clear role is our health and wellbeing. Perhaps most surprising of all is the realisation that gut bacteria can even influence brain function and behaviour.

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....major disturbance in communication between the gut microbiota and brain has resulted in changes in myelination patterns in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region that is key to higher cognitive functions and in the expression of anxiety and social behaviours.

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