When it comes to complex biology, the brain rules. To understand how the brain controls our movements, behaviors, thoughts, and memories, and how that changes when something goes wrong, we asked a neuroscientist at Stanford. Sharon Sha weigh. For #AskMeAnything, she talked about everything to do with neuro – from how you can sharpen your mind to what happens when memory is lost.
Sha, who specializes in the treatment of patients with cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders. suspended to many questions related to the brain and cognition, and even shared peep what was it like working with actor Chris Hemsworth who played Thor in several Marvel Studios “Avengers” films) in a documentary series.
Below is a selection of questions and answers posted on our Instagram account. The following questions and answers have been lightly edited for clarity.
What can be done to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease?
Great question! The best way to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is to exercise.
There is a lot of data (and more!) showing that exercise helps stimulate the brain. As well as when we get the release of endorphins bye by exercising, we can create something in the body that nourishes the brain. Some scientists believe that a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor — or BDNF — helps the brain and memory center (in hippocampus) in particular.
Other ways to reduce risk are brain stimulation, eating a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, good sleep, and socializing.
Best advice to sharpen attention/concentration for students?
Take breaks! There is evidence to support the notion that even a 20-minute walk in nature helps improve concentration. The idea behind this is that the constant stimulation of technology puts a a high need for our attention (email, text messages, etc.), but turning off and focusing on the sights and sounds of nature improves our attention and working memory.
When memory is lost, is there a way to get it back?
Unfortunately, if Memory lost due to Alzheimer’s disease, it is impossible to return it. The best thing is do everything you can to reduce your risk of dementia through lifestyle measures such as exercise, healthy eating, keeping your brain active, socializing, sleeping well, and feeling good! Someone can use parts brains that work well for workarounds like keeping lists, using a calendar, sticking to a routine, and asking for help.
What was it like working with
Thor he is Chris Hemsworth?
Chris was amazing. He is such a professional. He was a producer on documentary series filmed for National Geographic about the possibilities of the human body so he will contribute great ideas and content suggestions. He’s also very funny, although I think I’m funnier!
Are there certain products that better for your brain?
Mediterranean Sea a heart-healthy diet is best for your brain. We don’t know what helps our brains in the diet, but it’s most likely lean proteins, plenty of vegetables and fruits, and several fried food. If your culture is not Mediterranean SeaI don’t usually offer change your diet is complete. Instead, I suggest eating healthier versions of the foods you’re used to. increase vegetables and decrease fatty food. Unfortunately, there is no magic food or pill that we can take.
If I forget passwords or forget why I entered the room, is this normal or is it a sign of cognitive decline?
We can all walk into a room and forget why we did it. It could be part of normal aging, distraction, or poor sleep! It can also be part of a degenerative disease such as dementia. The symptom pattern and whether it affects your ability to function independently can help understand this symptom in the context of having a dementia such as Alzheimer’s.
Here What memory exercises or exercises should I do with Grandma (short term memory loss)?
What does your grandmother like to do? Does she enjoy gardening, knitting, talking about old memories/photos, dancing, listening to music? Let her interests guide you and encourage her to talk about them, interact with them, teach you about them! Things that stimulate her will help her keep her mind as sharp as possible and teach you more about her!
How does music affect the brain?
Nobody knows exactly how it affects the brain. However, music can have strong associations with emotions. what Can “tag” the memories are very good — such how when old favorite song brings back memories and related feelings to the song. So I often suggest that Alzheimer’s patients play old fun songs to inspire and comfort us.
Do puzzles or other games help prevent memory loss?
Yes! But it doesn’t have to be puzzles or games. Anything that stimulates your mind is good for the brain. Something interactive is even better for your brain!
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