16 June 2009

Study looks at what activities best stimulates the brain

Can memory loss be prevents?
New York Times: 11 June 2009
Bob Branham, 78, a retired computer software developer is participating in a study designed to see whether acquiring new skills can preserve cognitive function. Bob was randomly assigned to a patchwork quilt group. Trail leader, Dr. Denise Park, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas hypothesises that learning a challenging new skill such as a new language or new musical instrument, may be even more effective than mental games to keep the brain sharp.

Why quilting? Quilting is more complicated than it may seem as you have to picture what the pattern will look like, match fabrics, manipulate patterns, and in Bob’s case, also learn how to sew. > read story

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