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Study: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) + Medication outperforms CBT alone to treat ADHD symptoms among adults. At the same time…

adult_adhdAlthough medication is the primary treatment for adults with ADHD, and has good empirical support, many adults would rather not take it. For these adults with ADHD, it would be helpful to know whether medication is likely to provide significant benefits above and beyond those they would gain from well-conducted therapy, or whether they are likely to derive roughly equivalent benefits from therapy alone. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Michael Merzenich: To harness Neuroplasticity for cognitive enhancement, we need to think “Fitness” more than “Games”

KavliPrize-Neuro(Editor’s Note: In order to help readers familiarize themselves with the work and thinking of Dr. Michael Merzenich, one of the winners of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience for groundbreaking work on neuroplasticity, we are condensing and republishing the comprehensive conversation that Dr. Merzenich and Alvaro Fernandez had in 2009, in preparation for the inaugural SharpBrains Virtual Summit.)

Dr. Michael Merzenich, Emeritus Professor at UCSF, is a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. In the late 1980s, Dr. Merzenich was on the team that invented the cochlear implant. In 1996, he was the founding CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, and in 2004 became co-founder and Read the rest of this entry »

#5. Quick brain teasers for adults to flex two key mental muscles: attention and working memory

brain teasers for adults.

Looking for some fun, and free, cognitive stimulation? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exercise your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on integrating, processing it. Given them a try…they are not as easy as they seem. Read the rest of this entry »

23. Quick brainteaser to test your cognitive skills…and biases

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Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in environmental protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Neurologists prescribing cognitive enhancement drugs to healthy kids and adults?

Human-brain-pillsAccording to a new position statement by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), prescribing cognitive enhancement, “attention-boosting,” drugs to healthy children is misguided and not justifiable. Interestingly, a 2009 position statement by AAN still in force today stated that doing so with adult “patients” is both legal and ethical (including the remark that “Neurologists who prescribe medications for the off-label use of neuroenhancement are acting lawfully,” without really challenging whether the drugs have been proven to be a) effective and b) safe in that context). Read the rest of this entry »

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