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BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”

bbcbraintrainingOnline brain train­ing ‘helps older adults with every­day tasks’ (BBC):

Nearly 7,000 peo­ple aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month exper­i­ment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the vol­un­teers were encour­aged to play online brain train­ing games for 10 min­utes at a time, as often as they wished. The oth­ers — the con­trol group — were asked to do sim­ple inter­net searches Read the rest of this entry »

Training our brains with novelty, challenge…and videogames (20-minute panel discussion)

How Do Video Games Affect The Brain? (Huff­in­g­ton Post Live):

Amer­i­cans play a lot of video games — that much isn’t up for dis­pute. But the impact on our brains is, along with the bil­lion dol­lar indus­try that has sprung up around games, designed to make you smarter. Can “brain train­ing” games make real change? Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

kid brain

Brain Train­ing Goes to School (WebMD):

Kristy Lea was search­ing for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve med­ica­tion as a last resort…Increasingly, ther­a­pists, school sys­tems, and par­ents are turn­ing to brain-training games to help chil­dren with learn­ing challenges.

If you look at the [sci­en­tific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

To treat depression, we will likely combine neuroplasticity-based brain training games with antidepressants

BrainTrainingCom­puter Games Bet­ter Than Med­ica­tion in Treat­ing Elderly Depres­sion (Live Science):

Com­puter games could help in treat­ing older peo­ple with depres­sion who haven’t been helped by anti­de­pres­sant drugs or other treat­ments for the disorder…In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found play­ing cer­tain com­puter games was just as effec­tive at reduc­ing symp­toms of depres­sion as Read the rest of this entry »

Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?


We had a great event last Thurs­day in Lon­don to dis­cuss the future of applied neu­ro­science and gam­ing. Thank you, Brainbow/ Peak team, for host­ing us, and Strate­gic North for help­ing pro­mote it! Read the rest of this entry »

Update: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)


Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence reports, upcom­ing events, and fun brain teasers.

First of all, let us high­light what may well become the research find­ing of the year. As you can read in Men­tal stim­u­la­tion over genet­ics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Dis­ease 8+ Years, “For APOE4 car­ri­ers with high life­time intel­lec­tual enrich­ment, the onset of cog­ni­tive impair­ment was approx­i­mately 8.7 years later com­pared with low life­time intel­lec­tual enrichment.”

Shouldn’t accu­mu­lat­ing find­ings like this inform human cap­i­tal and health poli­cies across the whole lifes­pan, and also how all of us lead our lives, har­ness­ing neu­ro­plas­tic­ity the right way to max­i­mize men­tal per­for­mance at any age and to delay decline and disease?

New think­ing

New research

New tech­nolo­gies

Upcom­ing events

Brain teasers

That’s all for today. Have a great summer!

Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease


Brain Train­ing Data­base: Trea­sure Trove for Pre­clin­i­cal Alzheimer’s Research? (Alzforum):

Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cog­ni­tive ability—may one day serve as cog­ni­tive diag­nos­tics to Read the rest of this entry »

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