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Trend: Harnessing biometrics and cognitive training to improve athletic performance

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Is Cog­ni­tive Train­ing the Next Fron­tier in Sports? (iQ by Intel):

The shift to quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis of so-called ath­lete intan­gi­bles — data pre­vi­ously unat­tain­able before track­ing devices pro­vided empir­i­cal evi­dence — is replac­ing gut instinct and guess­work in sports…the vol­un­teers spent a half hour play­ing a unique video game that recorded their phys­i­o­log­i­cal reac­tions to Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education

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More and more stud­ies are show­ing the poten­tial ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness prac­tices for stu­dents –to improve phys­i­cal health, psy­cho­log­i­cal well-being, social skills, even aca­d­e­mic per­for­mance in some cases– as well as for teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors –pri­mar­ily to reduce stress and burnout–.

To give you an update on the land­scape of sci­en­tific research about the role of mind­ful­ness in edu­ca­tion, here goes our selec­tion of ten recent stud­ies, all of them recent ran­dom­ized con­trolled tri­als, with brief descrip­tions of each Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training 2.0: Adding 3D Navigation to Optimize Cognitive Training

StreetNavAs dis­cussed dur­ing my Sharp­Brains Sum­mit talk last week, it is very impor­tant to ensure fidelity between brain train­ing tasks and the real-world sce­nar­ios where we expect those sharp­ened cog­ni­tive skills to be put to good use. That’s why, work­ing with a num­ber of researchers in the US and Europe, I’ve been devel­op­ing a new 3D task called Street Nav, as part of Peak’s suite of mobile cog­ni­tive train­ing games.

And this is what we just released: Pre­sent­ing an aer­ial map with start and end-points to mem­o­rise, the game places the user at street level with the task of nav­i­gat­ing to the des­ig­nated des­ti­na­tion, in an immer­sive 3D envi­ron­ment (see image to the right). In doing so Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teasers to train your attention and working memory

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Here you have a few fun men­tal exer­cises to train your atten­tion and work­ing mem­ory (the capac­ity to hold mul­ti­ple pieces of infor­ma­tion in the mind, and to use them real-time). Given them a try today and over the weekend…they are not as easy as they may sound!

  1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order. If you speak another lan­guage, try doing the same in that language.
  2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i­cal order. Then, for extra cog­ni­tive chal­lenge, try doing so back­wards, in reverse alpha­bet­i­cal order.
  3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more quick brain teasers? Do the same with friends’ and rel­a­tives’ date of birth.
  4. Quick, name two objects for every let­ter in your com­plete name. Work up to five objects, try­ing to use dif­fer­ent items each time.
  5. Wher­ever you are, look around and within two min­utes, try to find 5 green things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 red objects that are too big to fit.

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Can neuroplasticity-based interventions address tinnitus-related cognitive deficits?

Tinnitus_manTin­ni­tus: Turn­ing Down the Vol­ume (Med­Page Today):

The drug D-cycloserine was no more effec­tive than placebo when used with a computer-based cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­gram for reliev­ing per­sis­tent ear ring­ing in patients with tin­ni­tus in a small clin­i­cal study, but patients did report fewer cog­ni­tive dif­fi­cul­ties… Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Shift work chronically impairs cognition


Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Func­tion (Forbes):

Accord­ing to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cog­ni­tive skills such as think­ing, rea­son­ing and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pat­tern — and seen to be much greater for those work­ing a rotat­ing shift pat­tern Read the rest of this entry »

To develop personalized brain training that works, gather and analyze big data

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The Brain-Games Conun­drum: Does Cog­ni­tive Train­ing Really Sharpen the Mind? (Cerebrum):

…the issue of what does and doesn’t work is complex…The crit­i­cal ques­tion is whether trans­fer of train­ing occurs. Does extended prac­tice of the trained games result in gen­eral per­cep­tual and cog­ni­tive improve­ments that boost per­for­mance of mean­ing­ful, real-life tasks such as dri­ving, remem­ber­ing names and faces, and keep­ing track of finances?… Read the rest of this entry »

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