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Tag: Cognitive Enhancement

  • Tint your performance

    Tint your performance

    Fabienne Reher | | 0
    White walls, grey desks, black monitors and dark blue carpets - If that’s the description of your workplace you should prick up your ears - and open your eyes! How about tinting your room and equally “tint” your working performance to reach higher levels?
  • But first, coffee.

    But first, coffee.

    Pauline van der Wel | | 1
    Although findings on the cognitive enhancing properties of caffeine are mixed, under certain conditions consuming caffeine may be beneficial on the short- and long-term. I here provide you with 3 good reasons to drink coffee from a cognitive perspective.
  • Running makes you smart, period.

    Running makes you smart, period.

    Saskia Heijnen | | 0
    Several mechanisms make sure the right substances in your brain are released when you are running, synergizing to improve for instance memory performance. But how does this work?
  • The fountain of Youth: Videogames!

    The fountain of Youth: Videogames!

    Vera Williams | | 0
    Our brain’s cognitive capacity deteriorates from the onset of 20 years of age. But no fear, this decline can be countered. The cure possibly lies within an unexpected field: videogames.
  • Prenatal music as neurogenesis enhancer

    Prenatal music as neurogenesis enhancer

    Elisabetta Orsini | | 0
    The ability to respond and to enjoy music seems to be innate. Could music have an impact on the cognitive development and consequently on the cognitive functions in developing infants?
  • How to run away from your problems

    How to run away from your problems

    Saskia Heijnen | | 1
    The runner finds his exercise fun and relaxing, yet the body’s stress response is activated.This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective: running after your meal or running to not become one is stressful. How can it be that the runner isn't stressed?
  • Do you want to improve your brain? Become a hipster.

    Do you want to improve your brain? Become a hipster.

    Batsheva Mannheim | | 0
    We know that food influences our health and cognitive functioning. But what is surprising, is that the compound with the worst reputation, fat, might actually be able to improve your cognitive functions!
  • Spice up your cognition with curcumin

    Spice up your cognition with curcumin

    Iliana Samara | | 0
    Being able to stay focused and having a strong memory is what mostly all students wish for. So, is there a way to fulfill that wish easily with just a few tweaks to our culinary habits?
  • The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    The Good Of Chocolate Cognition

    Jorinde Gerrmann | | 2
    “Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate” stated comedian Jo Brand. The popularity of chocolate is undeniable but what effect does the consumption of chocolate have on our cognition?
  • Meditation makes you more creative!

    Meditation makes you more creative!

    Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking even if you are not a practitioner. Hence, it is not the amount of practice, but the state that mediation puts you in that makes you more creative.
  • The Fragrant Brain

    The Fragrant Brain

    Many people say that nothing is more memorable than a smell. However, is it really true that aromas influence the way we are seeing things?
  • Hotspot Human Potential

    Hotspot Human Potential

    People aim at optimizing their health and well-being, for example by changing the way how to manage their lifestyle, and they try to maximize their current mental and physical health.
  • Eating to stop

    Eating to stop

    A famous statement of the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach is "Der Mensch ist, was er iβt" (you are what you eat), but is it really true that the food we eat modulates the way we think and perceive the world?
  • Decision making in the game of life

    Decision making in the game of life

    Jonathan Barnhoorn | | 1
    Recent research has revealed a causal link between serotonin levels and people’s ‘sense of fairness’. A fascinating discovery because serotonin levels are in part dependent on what we eat. So, can you eat yourself toward a fairer world?
  • The compensatory effects of food

    The compensatory effects of food

    The economic crisis has resulted in many budget cuts in health care and general care programs. The population as a whole is aging, and yet we desire to stay independent as long as possible. How can we retain the cognitive abilities supporting independence?
  • Running for happiness

    Running for happiness

    Hans Revers | | 1
    Why do some people run marathons? And why do they often appear to be so happy, even exhilarated after hours of running? There must be something wrong with them, or do they know something that we don't?
  • Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Cannabis use: doorway to creativity or to delusions?

    Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the world and it has been used for centuries. Many acclaimed artists from a variety of disciplines, maintain its usefulness in the enhancement of creativity. However, is there any truth in their claims?
  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    'Der Mensch ist, was er iβt' (you are what you eat) is a famous quotation from the German philosopher Feuerbach, suggesting that the food one eats has a bearing on one's state of mind. Can food function as cognitive enhancer?