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 »
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 »
By: Roy Zahut
As 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 »
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!
- Say the days of the week backwards, then in alphabetical order. If you speak another language, try doing the same in that language.
- Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Then, for extra cognitive challenge, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order.
- 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.
- Quick, name two objects for every letter in your complete name. Work up to five objects, trying to use different items each time.
- 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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Tinnitus: 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 »
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 »
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 »