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Top 14 Brain Fitness News in 2014: Research, Assessments and Training

BrainFitnessTrajectoryUnless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the grow­ing inter­est in–and con­tro­ver­sies around–the top­ics of brain fit­ness and brain training.

A lit­tle per­spec­tive may help sep­a­rate the sig­nal from the noise. Take a minute to think about the early years of the phys­i­cal fit­ness move­ment. It took decades of con­flict­ing research and con­fus­ing media cov­er­age to finally spread the idea that daily life activ­i­ties are far from suf­fi­cient to keep us phys­i­cally fit. And, at the same time, to Read the rest of this entry »

127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

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Sci­en­tists to Stan­ford: Research Shows Brain Exer­cises Can Work (Press release):

A group of 127 sci­en­tists sent an “open let­ter” to the Stan­ford Cen­ter for Longevity, today, in reac­tion to a recent state­ment by the cen­ter that was highly crit­i­cal of the emerg­ing sci­ence of brain train­ing and dero­gated the effi­cacy of all brain exercises…The let­ter is signed by 127 doc­tors and sci­en­tists, many of whom are lumi­nar­ies in the field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity – the dis­ci­pline that exam­ines the brain’s abil­ity to change. Sig­na­to­ries include mem­bers of the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences, mem­bers of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine, Read the rest of this entry »

Apple names brain training apps “Best of 2014″ in 20+ countries

apple-best-of-2014Brain train­ing is going mobile, and global. Not only did Apple name one brain train­ing app (Ele­vate) “Best App of the Year” in the US, across all cat­e­gories, but it hand­picked another brain train­ing app (Peak) as one of the top apps in 20+ coun­tries. In the UK:

Apple named video edi­tor Replay as its best iPhone app, ahead of self-improvement app Peak – Brain Train­ing.” Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment

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Most chil­dren with ADHD receive their care from community-based pedi­a­tri­cians. Given the large num­ber of school-age chil­dren who require eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment ser­vices for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor qual­ity care can have on children’s devel­op­ment, it is impor­tant for chil­dren to rou­tinely receive care in the com­mu­nity that is con­sis­tent with best-practice guidelines.

The Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics has clearly rec­og­nized this and pub­lished guide­lines for Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

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Brain Train­ing Goes to School (WebMD):

Kristy Lea was search­ing for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve med­ica­tion as a last resort…Increasingly, ther­a­pists, school sys­tems, and par­ents are turn­ing to brain-training games to help chil­dren with learn­ing challenges.

If you look at the [sci­en­tific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

Non-invasive neurotechnology: What’s next in research and clinical applications

Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions on the future of non-invasive neu­rotech, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring:

  • Dr. Bruce Cuth­bert, Direc­tor of Adult Trans­la­tional Research and Treat­ment Devel­op­ment at the NIMH
  • Charles Fisher, Pres­i­dent of Fisher Wal­lace Laboratories
  • Chair: James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports

Apple names brain training app “2014 App of the Year”

apple-best-of-2014Apple names its top apps of 2014 (Mashable):

It’s a good day for Ele­vate, which was just named Apple’s favorite app of 2014.

The app, which helps you improve mem­ory and focus, was Apple’s top pick of the year. The runner-up was Instagram’s Hyper­lapse, which speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time lapses in just two taps.”

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