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The National Institute of Mental Health gives $2M grant to identify factors that make working memory training work (or not)

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Understanding Individual Differences: UC Riverside psychology professor receives $1.9 million grant to study memory training (press release):

“Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training Read the rest of this entry »

The debate continues: Review finds weak evidence standards behind commercially-available brain training programs

balance_scaleBrain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test (NPR):

“In October 2014, more than 70 scientists published an open letter objecting to marketing claims made by brain training companies. Pretty soon, another group, with more than 100 scientists, published a rebuttal saying brain training has a solid scientific base.

“So you had two consensus statements, each signed by many, many people, that came to Read the rest of this entry »

To stimulate your brain, find new ways to challenge yourself every day

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For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games (The New York Times):

“…Legions of baby boomers already use computers or apps to stimulate the brain, but they should be thought of as part of a larger engagement with the world…Finding new ways to challenge yourself every day, Mr. Rebok said, is a good idea. This can include lots of ordinary activities like doing mental calculations rather than reaching for a calculator, or taking a new driving route or eating with the opposite hand…

Mr. Fernandez of SharpBrains said he would like to see a more systematic way to measure cognition, such as annual mental health checkups. “If we had better assessments, we could empower consumers,” he said. “That’s the next frontier.”

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Nike launches mental training app to help soccer players win the mental game

nike-pro-geniusNike Moves into Brain Training with Launch of Pro Genius (Creativity):

“Nike has made its first move into the world of mental training with the launch of Pro Genius, a series of tools and techniques designed to help young soccer players develop the mental side of their game 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 »

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