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Neuroplasticity and “real” Brain Games: The opportunity at hand

-- An MRI image of the brain showing the structure of white matter. Credit 3D Slicer/Wikimedia Commons.

— An MRI image of the brain showing the structure of white matter. Credit 3D Slicer/Wikimedia Commons.

In preparation for the new season of National Geographic’s Brain Games, their producers asked me to participate in a virtual roundtable around this thought-provoking question:

Do you think individuals can train their brain to respond in a particular way to certain situations, or do you think our brain’s innate “startle response” is too hardwired to alter?

My short answer: Yes, we can train our brains.

My long answer: Not only we can, but we SHOULD train our brains to respond in particular ways to certain situations. That’s why we have a human brain to begin with…Keep reading article The Real Brain Game: Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Upgrade Our Mental Equipment (The Creativity Post)

Virtual “Brain Games” roundtable: Why we can, and SHOULD, train our brains

brainGames_new seasonIn preparation for the new season of National Geographic’s Brain Games, starting this Sunday February 14th, their producers asked us to participate in a virtual roundtable around this thought-provoking question:

Do you think individuals can train their brain to respond in a particular way to certain situations, or do you think our brain’s innate “startle response” is too hardwired to alter?

Short answer: Read the rest of this entry »

Lumos Labs (maker of Lumosity) pays $2 million to settle FTC deceptive advertising charges

Exterior of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C.

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Lumosity must pay $2 million after “unfounded” brain game claims (Fast Company):

“The maker of brain game app Lumosity has agreed to pay $2 million to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged it deceived consumers about the product’s brain-training benefits.

The FTC said Tuesday that Lumosity made “unfounded claims” that its games could help users do better at work and school and help reduce the effects of conditions including Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Brain training game can improve prospective memory and activities of daily living

virtualweekb‘Virtual Week’ brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer (press release):

“An international team of scientists has demonstrated that just one month of training on a “Virtual Week” computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory – a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living Read the rest of this entry »

December Update: Wishing You and Yours a Very Brain-Fit Decade

How can we help younger generations find the right path to lifelong brain health and performance – especially as they will live longer, and in more dynamic, complex environments? We created the Brain Health across the Lifes­pan series to curate reliable sources of information, and here you can  check out  the Top 10 Resources to Better Understand the Teenage Brain.

Wishing you and your family a very brain-fit decade…please enjoy the December edition of our monthly eNewsletter: Read the rest of this entry »

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