Study shows mental agility game slows cognitive decline in older people (Iowa Now): “Wolinsky and colleagues separated 681 generally healthy medical patients in Iowa into four groups—each further separated into those 50 to 64 years of age and those over age 65. One group was given computerized crossword puzzles, while three other groups were exposed to a video game called Read the rest of this entry »
Brain Games Aim to Make Kids Smarter (SciAm Mind, requires subscription):
“Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter…Psychologists have long believed that thinking capacities such as attention, memory and reasoning were fixed, but Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Physical exercise and mental exercise are both beneficial for the brain. Each can improve brain functions and decrease risks of cognitive decline over time. This raises the question of their comparative and combined effects: Is one better than the other? Are their benefits additive (1 + 1 =2) or perhaps even synergistic (1 + 1 =3)? Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
I love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.
All this is to say I was surprised to read a recent New Yorker blog article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what Read the rest of this entry »
Mastering emotions by sharpening memory? It just might work (Los Angeles Times):
“Emotional regulation — the ability to take negative feelings and recognize, accept and channel them properly — is an Achilles’ heel for many people, but especially for those with anxiety-related disorders, Read the rest of this entry »
Each blue dot below represents one of the 300 people registered so far in 27 countries to watch the latest on neuroplasticity and brain health, accessing the presentations by 40+ scientists and pioneers recorded during the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit.
You can check out the full Agenda here. And this is what participants had to say about the quality of the presentations: Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
In honor of Brain Awareness Week 2013, which starts today, let’s debunk ten myths about brain fitness and brain training that remain surprisingly popular.
Top 10 brain fitness and brain training myths, debunked:
Myth 1. Genes determine the fate of our brains.
Fact: Lifelong brain plasticity means that our lifestyles and behaviors play a significant role in how our brains (and therefore our minds) physically evolve.
Myth 2. We are what we eat. Read the rest of this entry »