Using Digital Tools to Channel Our Minds: Bibliography

By Melinda Speckmann

As a follow up to our Introduction, here is some in-depth reading to keep your brains blooming with life for a better understanding of what it means to stay sharp, stay well and overcome illness.

Staying Sharp: Cognitive training allows individuals to stay sharp and keep our brains fit by improving various cognitive skills.

  • LearningRx defines cognitive training and how it can improve certain cognitive skills.
  • PostScience clarifies the distinction between brain training and brain games.
  • SharpBrains gives a guide of certain conditions that must be met for brain training to improve one’s daily life.
  • Lumosity did a study with 6 years of data sets to draw two major conclusions on cognitive performance in life and age.
  • Huffington Post shares research, presented by Georgia Institute of Technology, that there isn’t a correlation between improvement of memory and improvement on fluid intelligence with brain training.

Being Happy: Aside from keeping our brains fit, we must be sure our brains are well. This is dependent on our mental mindset and level of happiness.

  • Your Brain Training introduces mindfulness as a way to improve your brain’s wellness.
  • Huffington Post clears up the many misconceptions that stem from practicing mindfulness.

Overcoming Illness: Just as it is important to conquer physical illnesses, mental illnesses need to also be addressed.

  • Discovery Health addresses the implications of long term stress on the brain and tips to overcome it.
  • The AARP Blog gives four tips to staying happy and mentally strong despite old age and the myth that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.

What are some of the ways you like to stay sharp? Do you use any apps to help you with this goal? If so, what are some of your favorites?

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