Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps People Learn Math Faster (Wired): “…scientists stimulated volunteers’ brains with mild electric current while they learned new arithmetic operations based on made-up symbols. People who received brain stimulation during training sessions on five consecutive days learned two to five times faster than those who received sham stimulation, and they retained a 30 to 40 percent performance edge six months later… Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
According to a new study, the population with Alzheimer’s Disease in the US will triple by 2050: from 4.7 millions in 2010 to 13.8 millions. This emphasizes the urgent need for more research to find preventive measures, and for more enlightened public health initiatives and individual lifestyles designed to decrease dementia risks and delay onset of symptoms.
Between 1993 and 2011, researchers followed more than 10,000 individuals 65 and older. Participants were interviewed and assessed for dementia every three years. Read the rest of this entry »
By: David Coleiro
Much of healthcare delivery has traditionally been set-up to deal with a ‘brainless body’; yet we consistently complain that we cannot change patient and consumer behaviours and maintain adherence to treatment programmes. Healthcare systems are now recognising the limits of this model and that there are major benefits to better comprehending and engaging cognitive function Read the rest of this entry »
(Editor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with participants in the e-course How To Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. This is the lightly edited and anonymized transcript from the January Q&A session; the February Q&A will take place on Tuesday, February 12th)
OK, ready to go! Happy 2013 again. You can start writing your questions and comments in the box at the bottom, and hit Send.
Which activities or games or websites do you recommend to improve memory? Read the rest of this entry »