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Heavier Ex-NFL Players May Have Declines in Brain Function

A new study suggests retired professional football players who pack on the pounds during their game years may not be as sharp later in life as their counterparts who maintain a healthy weight.

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Brain Exercise Computer Games can Improve Cognitive Functions

The brain exercise game “Brain Age” can improve executive functions and processing speed, even with short usage, according to a study published in the journal Plos ONE.

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Can Electricity Shock Your Brain Into Learning Faster? It Works for the Air Force

One of the toughest things to teach Air Force pilots who guide unmanned attack drones is how to accurately spot targets in complex radar images. Researchers, however, have found a way to cut that lengthy training time in half.

Delivering a mild electrical current to pilots’ brains through EEG electrodes placed on the scalp — a process called transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) — can accelerate learning and improve pilot accuracy. In addition, that accuracy is sustained for up to 40 minutes, whereas it otherwise typically declines after 20 minutes.

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