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Working memory training can improve emotional regulation and behavioral health

BrainTrainingMas­ter­ing emo­tions by sharp­en­ing mem­ory? It just might work (Los Ange­les Times):

Emo­tional reg­u­la­tion — the abil­ity to take neg­a­tive feel­ings and rec­og­nize, accept and chan­nel them prop­erly — is an Achilles’ heel for many peo­ple, but espe­cially for those with anxiety-related dis­or­ders, eat­ing dis­or­ders and some per­son­al­ity dis­or­ders. It can take years of psy­chother­apy to strengthen one’s pow­ers of emo­tional reg­u­la­tion. Or, says a new study, it might take a few weeks of brain train­ing aimed at strength­en­ing one’s short-term memory…The results under­score that, if brain-training pro­grams are to have pos­i­tive effects away from the com­puter key­board — say, in a class­room — neu­ro­sci­en­tists will first have to iden­tify life skills that share neural cir­cuitry with nar­rower cog­ni­tive skills that can be strength­ened with repeated exer­cise.  This may be a first step toward that.”

The arti­cle includes mar­ket num­bers from our recent mar­ket report and a quote from us: “Working-memory train­ing is emerg­ing as a key ingre­di­ent of broader efforts to improve emo­tional self-regulation and aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance among at-risk groups,” said Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, chief exec­u­tive of “What we need now is bet­ter ways to screen for stu­dents who may ben­e­fit from such an inter­ven­tion, and bet­ter ways to deliver and sup­port it.”

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