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Why does my brain get tired?

Chess players exert a lot of cognitive effort. After hours of play, they make more mistakes. It takes them longer to make decisions. The question is, why? Why does your brain get tired? Research suggests the answer lies somewhere in the left lateral prefrontal cortex...

Age vs. Genetics: which matters most in aging?

Age itself plays a bigger role than genetics in gene expression and susceptibility to specific diseases as we age. Amid much speculation and research about how our genetics affect the way we age, a University of California, Berkeley, study now shows that individual...

An Argument Against Ageism

Companies need crystallized intelligence. Older workers are your source. Stephen Chamberlin, August 2022 Psychologist Raymond Cattell developed the concept of fluid and crystallized intelligence in 1963. From Wikipedia: Fluid intelligence is the ability to solve novel...

Are face masks a problem for emotion recognition?

Not when the whole body is visible Source: Durham University   The rise of COVID-19 virus has made face masks commonplace items around the globe. Recent research found that face masks significantly impair emotion recognition on isolated faces. However, faces are...

Good ageing starts before 55

 (and it's not as simple as eating well and working out)   As a population, we're ageing well. Research shows most older New Zealanders enjoy good physical, mental and social health, but there's no secret to good ageing – academics say growing old well comes down...

Breakthrough in Search for Tinnitus Cure

August 11, 2022 Source: University of Auckland After 20 years searching for a cure for tinnitus, researchers at the University of Auckland are excited by ‘encouraging results’ from a clinical trial of a mobile-phone-based therapy. The study randomised 61 patients to...

Has the shape of the human brain changed over time?

[From the New Scientist] An analysis of fossils suggests changes in the shape of the brain case during human evolution were linked to alterations in the face, rather than changes in the brain itself Amazing: The shape of human brain has barely changed in past 160,000...

Is Wordle really brain training?

Do you play Wordle? (An addictive word game popular with New Zealanders.) The big question is: Do puzzles or "brain training" games work?   Along with many of its other tips, Dementia UK emphasises that "taking part in hobbies, learning a new language, knitting,...

Struggling to Recognize Different Racial Faces?

Cognitive psychologists at the University of Exeter believe they have discovered the answer! Decades of debate since the 1960s resulted in social scientists taking the view that people, particularly those with more prejudiced racial attitudes, are less motivated to...