Brain-fitness industry caters to worried boomers (Crain’s):
“Mr. Fernandez…compares the brain-fitness industry of today with the physical-fitness industry of half a century or more ago. Whereas once there were no health clubs or personal trainers, today they’re ubiquitous. “Who will be the personal brain trainers of the future?” he says. “Are they going to be doctors, life coaches, neuropsychologists? Will health clubs Read the rest of this entry »
School-based brain training shown to alleviate ADHD (The Boston Globe):
“With more than one in 10 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, parents and doctors alike have been eager to find alternatives to prescription stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall. Some of these options include Read the rest of this entry »
The Science Behind ‘Brain Training’ (The Atlantic):
“Julie Schweitzer, director of the ADHD Program at the University of California in Davis’s MIND Institute, conducted a randomized study of children diagnosed with ADHD. When published in July 2012 in the journal Neurotherapeutics, Schweitzer’s study found that children Read the rest of this entry »
Heads-up: as proud Brain Awareness Week Outreach Partners, we are happy to announce that Brain Awareness Week 2014 will take place the week of March 10-16th. Spearheaded by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. SharpBrains will collaborate with activities and materials in English and Spanish, to be announced later this month. Looking forward to a great celebration of our most precious resource!
By: Scott Barry Kaufman
Question: Does anyone in the cognitive training field agree on anything?
Answer by Dan Hurley: A handful of researchers, most of them connected to Georgia Tech, continue to loudly insist that intelligence training is a bunch of baloney, that it’s like “cold fusion.” But those arch-skeptics have pretty well lost the argument. At this point, the vast majority of the 200 or so researchers I interviewed believe that cognitive training can work. The Office of Naval Research, the Read the rest of this entry »
Psychologists Find the Perceived Benefits of Casual Video Games Among Adults (press release):
“New research from psychologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that while a majority of adults cite the ability to compete with friends as their primary reason for playing online casual video games, they report differing perceived benefits from playing Read the rest of this entry »
Question by Janet:
Given the growing concern about sports-related concussions, what do you think schools should be doing? abolish or severely reduce varsity teams? sponsor only “safe” sports? Is there research on how concussions may interfere with learning and academic results?
Answer by Dr. Robert Sylwester:
I don’t know how to respond responsibly to your question, except that I share what I think are your concerns. Our culture seems obsessed with violent sports (and perhaps making sports that aren’t necessarily violent into becoming violent). To be frank, as much as I enjoy watching sports, I’m pleased that none of our grandchildren have gotten into any of the more violent school-level sports.
I expect that changes will occur, and they’e overdue. Don’t mess with a brain!
> Read full transcript of Q&A with Prof. Sylwester
> Read full Q&A series
> Read The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness