Aug 12, 2007
By: Alvaro Fernandez
The field of computer-based cognitive training (part of what we call “Brain Fitness”) is starting to get traction in the media and becoming an emerging industry, and we are happy to see how a growing number of researchers and science-based companies are leading studies that will allow toÃ‚Â better measure results and refine the brain exercise software available.
Published new research
- Computerized working memory training after stroke-A pilot study. A published study on how CogmedÃ‚Â working memory training may helpÃ‚Â stroke patients. See the reference at Cogmed ResearchÃ‚Â pageÃ‚Â (and full article here)
- The Journals of Gerontology published a series of related papers in their June issue, including this byÃ‚Â Karlene Ball, Jerri D. Edwards, and Lesley A. Ross on The Impact of Speed of Processing Training on Cognitive and Everyday Functions, J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2007 62: 19–31.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Abstract: “We combined data from six studies, all using the same speed of processing training program, to examine the mechanisms of training gain and the impact of training on cognitive and everyday abilities of older adults. Results indicated that training produces immediate improvements across all subtests of the Useful Field of View test, particularly for older adults with initial speed of processing deficits. Age and education had little to no impact on training gain. Participants maintained benefits of training for at least 2 years, which translated to improvements in everyday abilities, including efficient performance of instrumental activities of daily living and safer driving performance.”
Ongoing/ starting research
- MindWeavers set to launch new ‘brain health’ softwareÃ‚Â in the UK. “The company’s move into the adult brain health market follows its acquisition of BrainBoost, a business that develops software to protect against cognitive decline, founded by Baroness Susan Greenfield, world expert in neuro-development and degeneration.” (See the very interesting profile of science educatorÃ‚Â Susan Greenfield). “We are also currently undertaking a clinical study of the MindWorks software we developed jointly with CogniFit, which aims to protect brain health in patients who have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment and early Alzheimer’s.”
- This is the first time we hear about MindWeavers and BrainBoost, but the product they are starting to distribute in the UK for healthy individuals is the same as one of the products we have had in our Shop for a while: MindFit.
- LumosityÃ‚Â by Lumos Labs: Research underway with Stanford University Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research toÃ‚Â determine if Lumos Labs exercises can be effective in ameliorating cognitive impairment due to chemotherapy.
- Posit Science will be used in aÃ‚Â Pilot project works with brain-injured veterans. Easter Seals is launching a pilot project to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with mild to moderate Traumatic Brain Injury.