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f you’ve tuned in to your favorite show on T.V. lately, you’ve probably seen commercials for brain-training games online that claim to boost your intelligence and help you exercise your brain. As we all know, sometimes commercials stretch the truth a bit to get people to buy their products and it’s safe to say that online brain-training companies are not the exception. But just what exactly do these brain-training sites DO? Can you spend a few minutes each day playing the games they offer and walk away as the next Albert Einstein? Snippetz just had to know: what’s the deal behind all these mind games? So we looked into it to see what we could ﬁnd . . . and here are the results!
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Neuroplasticity may sound like a complicated scientific concept but in reality, it’s fairly simple. It means the brain’s ability to reorganize itself, to reframe a situation or scenario, to think outside the box. It’s the brain’s ability to adapt to changes and make the best of what it has to work with. For example, if one part of the brain is damaged, another part may take over some of the functions controlled by the damaged portion. By reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons, the brain is able to compensate for portion that’s not pulling its weight, so to speak. The brain games you find online or perhaps might even watch on the National Geographic Channel television show “Brain Games” bank on the idea of neuroplasticity. By presenting you with scenarios that might require you to think in a way you might not typically think, your brain is forming new connections in order to reach a desired answer as quickly as possible. Thus, you’re “exercising” your brain.
• Fit Brains – claims to have the highest quality brain-training games on the Internet. The company’s scientific efforts are led by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and national leader in “Brain Health.” The games on this site come in several forms, including Uber Brain, the company’s “mental cross-trainer.” The site states that their brand of brain-training is “an effective way to build cognitive reserve and increase brain performance.”
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Another important question is, do the tests really measure intelligence? One game is based on a psychological test called the Stroup test. The test involves identifying the color of a word as quickly as possible. The hitch is that the word is the name of a color that differs from the color in which it’s printed. For example, the word “blue” would show up in red. The brain has trouble because of the conflicting information it receives from what it’s reading and what color it’s seeing. The Stroup test can be very informative of a person’s processing abili-
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ties but a person can cheat to beat it, which naturally doesn’t help measure their processing abilities at all. In fact, I found a way to cheat the test in college. I had already learned about it in another class so when a different psychology teacher asked me to demonstrate the test, I unfocused my eyes so I wasn’t able to read the word, only see the color. I passed the test with flying colors (no pun intended) and dumbfounded my poor professor, who also happened to be in his first year of teaching at the college. I don’t recommend this to anyone else because cheating is bad, but as you can see, there are ways to fool some of the tests that are supposed to measure your intelligence.
THE REAL WORLD IS OVERRATED Regardless of how well or poorly you may do on a test like the Stroup test, how can you apply something like that to a real-world situation? I don’t often find myself confronted with the Stroup test in my everyday dealings. In fact, research has often shown that brain-training is great for getting better at the tests with which you are presented but that there isn’t a significant benefit to a generally healthy adult who embarks on brain-training exercises.
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Companies like Lumosity, Jungle Memory, Brain Metrix and others have helped create a multi-million dollar industry of brain training. And those people who are literally buying into the idea of increased mental abilities are making it that way. It’s true that some brain-training exercises on some sites are free but some sites require a monetary commitment to gain full access to the games they offer. For example, Lumosity charges $14.95 per month for full access to their site. If you choose a year-long commitment with them, the rate drops to $6.95 per month and a two-year commitment brings the rate down to $4.99 per month. If you want unlimited access for your entire life, you can opt to make a one-time payment of $299.95.
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Since there’s no indication that these sites can actually improve your mental capabilities, it might be better to just buy a video game console instead. Why? Research has shown that people who play video games have more short-term memory abilities and increased reasoning skills. And all these years, we thought video games were supposed to rot our brains when we all should’ve been playing them this entire time! Who knew?
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SUPER POWERS IN A BOTTLE By Nick Yanez
t’s pretty common knowledge at this point that we only use ten percent of our brain. This has always meant that we are capable of so much more. For every amazing feat our species has accomplished; an even more incredible act is possible. Take our physical bodies for example. It seems like every week professional athletes around the globe are shattering past world records. This is because our bodies have never reached their full potential. We, as a living animal, are constantly evolving; we’re bigger and stronger than ever before. What if our brains evolved over time like that? I mean, sure we continue to advance in technology by the day. That’s not due to our brain capabilities increasing though. Our progress in electronics and medicine has more to do with discoveries over time than actual brain power. But what if we could start to use just eleven percent of our brain, or even twelve? We would have the potential to cure cancer, sleep soundly, and live to 200-years-old in no time. Our species would advance so quickly, it would start to scare even the youth. Now what if I told you, because of recent medical discoveries, this was totally feasible in the next couple of years? Crazy, right? Medical researchers at Harvard have made an astounding discovery in the last couple of weeks. It turns out that giving a patient a medicine named Valproic Acid could possibly allow adults to pick up new skills at the same rate that children do! This amazing breakthrough could quite literally change the world overnight. The speculation started when Takao Hensch, a professor of molecular and cellular Biology at Harvard University followed through with an experiment. Hensch separated an assembly of volunteers into two groups. To one group, he gave daily doses of Valproic
Acid for two weeks. He other group received placebos. Throughout the two weeks, the professor had both groups take the same online test. It was an ear training exercise to help train participants to better identify different tones and notes. Basically, the program was teaching users to have perfect pitch. This was indeed a difficult learning task – it’s no easy task learning to have perfect pitch. In fact, I’d estimate 90% of professional musicians in the world aren’t blessed with such a skill. I say blessed because, up until this point, you are either born with perfect pitch or you are not. It’s not something people learn. Despite that, the group that was given the regular doses of Valproic Acid did very well on the tests. So well, that a few of the members actually acquired perfect pitch by the end of the two weeks. Prior to this experiment – there are no known reports of anyone ever learning perfect pitch. Perhaps it’s a miracle. Or maybe, as some skeptics would point out, these people already had perfect pitch; they just never realized it until now. Regardless, it opens up amazing possibilities. If further research proves that the Valproic Acid was responsible for the advanced learning of large group of human beings our possibilities become literally endless. Remember when your mother said you could be anything you wanted to be as long as you put your mind to it? Parents in a few short years could say that and actually mean it. Of course, this little dose of invincibility wouldn’t come without obstacles. The drug is currently used to treat patients who suffer from seizures or bipolar disorder. It can cause liver damage, extreme drossiness, hair loss, and tremor. That being said, tens of thousands of Americans take Valproic Acid now, without any serious side effects. Can we all agree this potential super power juice is worth looking into? Feel free to send Nick an email anytime about his weekly column, or any leads you have for underreported stories he could write about, to NickSnipsMail@ Gmail.com
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In case youâ€™ve forgotten, my thesis for is booklet is, that in the 10,000year history of humanity, there has never been anyone like you. And throughout the unknown millenniums to come, there will never be It is the story about a little boy who anyone like you again. one day wished he was a cabbage worm because as he worked in the What does that mean? It means you cabbage field he observed that a are valuable beyond wealth, you cabbage worm never had to work; are here for a reason, you are full it just sat on a cabbage leaf, enjoyed of potential and no matter how old the sun and ate cabbage. So one day or young you may be it is not too Little Orley said, â€œGolly, I wish I late for you to be you. Itâ€™s time to give up on being a cabbage worm was a cabbage worm!â€? or whatever it is that you or other Just as Little Orley made his wish people think you should be.
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slugger Joe DiMaggio. The marriage barely got past the honeymoon, and they were divorced 274 days later. In her filing, Monroe accused her husband of â€œmental cruelty.â€?
â€˘ On Jan. 17, 1865, Union Gen. William T. Shermanâ€™s army is delayed in Savannah, Ga., by 10 days of rain as it waits to begin marching into the Carolinas. Just as Sherman and his army had destroyed nearly everything in its path in Georgia, Sherman planned to subject the Carolinas to the same brutal treatment.
â€˘ On Jan. 13, 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs, who hosted his own television shows during the 1950s, dies after crashing his Chevrolet Corvair into a telephone pole in Los Angeles while driving in a rainstorm. The Corvair was later made infamous by Ralph Naderâ€™s groundbreaking 1965 book, â€œUnsafe at Any Speed.â€?
â€˘ On Jan. 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the â€œmanufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,â€? is ratified and becomes law. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution repealed prohibition.
â€˘ On Jan. 18, 1985, for the first time since joining the World Court in 1946, the United States walks out of a case, this one concerning U.S. paramilitary activities against the Nicaraguan government. The Court decided against the United States; it charged that the U.S. violated international law with its actions against the Sandinistas.
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EXERCISE OFFERS SOME SURPRISING BENEFITS
ust in time for New Year’s resolutions come multiple studies about the surprising benefits of exercise. One recent study even concludes that in some cases, exercise is more effective than prescription drugs. In a U.K. study reported in the British Journal of Medicine, researches scoured the results of hundreds of controlled trials to compare the benefits of exercise versus drugs. This was no small review: They considered the information on more than 300,000 patients. Surprisingly, in diabetes and coronary heart disease, drugs and exercise produced the same results. Patients who’d had a stroke and were in rehab actually fared better on exercise than on drugs. In a combination of a dozen other studies, researchers verified that physical exercise lowers blood pres-
sure. Specifically, four hours of exercise per week correlated to nearly a 20 percent lower incidence of high blood pressure. Exercising one to three hours per week lowered that level to 11 percent. Being physically active on the job, however, did not lower high blood pressure, leading one researcher to comment that health guidelines don’t distinguish between work and leisure activities, but they should. In yet another study, researchers determined that those who have dementia will think more clearly as a result of exercise. If a dementia patient lives at home, caregivers were encouraged to find exercise programs in the community. Dementia patients in care facilities also should be offered exercise programs. In yet another study of 16 trials, exercise improved cognitive function in patients with varying levels of dementia.
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Clearly there are some serious benefits to exercising. No matter what the state of your health, always ask your doctor for advice before embarking on a program.
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1. The Marlins’ Juan Pierre, in 2013, became the seventh player to have 600 or more career steals, and more steals than walks. Name three of the other six. 2. Which of the following pitchers had more 20-win seasons for the Minnesota Twins: Bert Blyleven, Jim Perry, Johan Santana or Frank Viola? 3. When was the last time before the 2012 season that Stanford’s football team won a Rose Bowl? 4. Who was the last Portland Trail Blazers player before guard Damian Lillard (201213) to have at least 1,500 points and 500 assists in a season? 5. How many consecutive playoff series did the New York Islanders win starting in 1980? 6. In 2013, Matthew Centrowitz became the second U.S. male to win two World Championship medals in track and field’s 1,500 meters. Who was the first? 7. In 2013, Jason Dufner tied a record at the PGA Championship by shooting a round of 63. How many others have shot a round of 63 at the PGA Championship?
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1. Name the group responsible for “Simon Says” and “1, 2, 3, Red Light.” 2. Who released “The Fly” in 1961? 3. How long were both the single and album mixes for “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”? 4. ELO’s “All Over the World” was on the soundtrack for which 1980 film? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Stopping at her house is a neighbor boy with evil on his mind, ‘Cause he’s been peeking in Angie’s room at night through her window blind.”
Testament or neither? 2. From Proverbs 3, “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy ...”? Thoughts, Estates, Paths, Fears 3. Acts 2:42 is a key scripture on Ecclesiology as a study of the ...? Rapture, Church, Messiah, Holy Spirit 4. To which apostle did Christ entrust the “keys of the kingdom”? Andrew, James, Simon Peter, Matthias 5. Where is the “Apostles’ Creed” found in the Bible (KJV)? Nowhere, Matthew 2, John 3, Romans 7 6. What is the youngest book in the Old Testament? Ezra, Daniel, Haggai, Malachi
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SPORTS QUIZ 1. Lou Brock, Bert Campaneris, Vince Coleman, Arlie Latham, Otis Nixon and Willie Wilson. 2. Jim Perry, who did it twice. All the others did it once for the Twins. 3. It was the 1971 season. 4. Clyde Drexler, in the 199192 season. 5. Nineteen. 6. Bernard Lagat. 7. Eleven others.
FLASH BACK 1. 1910 Fruitgum Company, in 1968. The bubblegum pop group also released “Indian Giver.” Astonishingly enough, all three songs sold more than a million copies. 2. Chubby Checker. The Fly was another dance introduced by his songs, after his success with the Twist and the Limbo. 3. The Temptations’ single version came in at 6:54, while the version on their “All Directions” album mix in 1972 was nearly 12 minutes. 4. “Xanadu,” starring Olivia Newton-John. 5. “Angie Baby,” by Helen Reddy in 1974. “Angie” is one song that people like to analyze to find the true meaning. Angie appears to be an insane young girl who spends her life listening to the radio and creating fantasy boyfriends ... but are they really only fantasy?
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overseas for 18 months and saw action in 17 battles. On more than one occasion he sniffed out surprise attacks, saving his regiment. He was known for locating wounded soldiers on the field, and he even once caught a German spy. He was the most decorated dog of the Great War, and he was promoted to sergeant for his combat service -- the only dog to be so honored. After the war, Sgt. Stubby was hailed as a hero; he led parades and met three presidents. He even has his very own brick at the World War I Memorial. It reads, “Sergeant Stubby, Hero Dog of WWI, a Brave Stray.”
• Even though the human brain makes up only 2 percent of the body’s mass, it consumes 20 percent of the body’s calories and oxygen.
• Those who study such things say that couples in a romantic relationship actually have heart rates that are in sync with each other.
• The chief translator for the European Parliament is named Ioannis Ikonomou. He is fluent in 32 languages -- and still learning.
• If you’re like the average American, you drink 23 gallons of coffee every year, but only 9 gallons of tea.
• During World War I, the United States acquired its first “war dog.” The pit bull was found wandering around Yale Field in New Haven, Conn., by soldiers in training. One particular soldier, Cpl. Robert Conroy, became close to the dog and refused to leave Stubby behind; when Conroy was shipped out, he hid the dog on board. Stubby served
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ther than the obvious charitable contribution or medical receipt, there are other tax related records that need to be kept.
buys stock through an employee stock purchase program, holds on to it for twenty years, retires, moves the stock into another account, and then sells it. Without historical cost or purchase information, the gains and subsequent
taxes are impossible to accurately compute. In the past we’ve reconstructed cost information through Yahoo! Finance, which works most of the time, but good recordkeeping can prevent this exercise
your property basis (cost) and can reduce your tax consequence. Of course, you get a big exemption for the sale of your primary residence, but rental properties and other real estate investments don’t enjoy this exemption. Bummer.
Homes and other real estate such as rental properties can also prove problematic. Sure, you have the HUD or closing statement from the purchase, and you’ll get another one for the sale. But improvements to the property such as a new roof, appliances, furnace, additions, landscaping, etc. will all add to
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Identify Sources of Income: This can seem silly since most taxpayers don’t want to prove additional income for the IRS to simply tax. However, certain income sources might be non-taxable. For example, if you lent money to your son to buy his first car and you’re depositing the payments, the IRS will consider this income unless you keep good records proving the money is actually loan payments to you and not income.
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