Can Training Help Aging Brains? (WebMD):
George Rebok, PhD, conducted one of the largest studies to date looking at how cognitive training affects older adults. Rebok, a professor at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, talks about the study findings, commercially available brain training, and what he recommends for brain health.
“What we found was I think very encouraging and also somewhat surprising Read the rest of this entry »
Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release):
“A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, Read the rest of this entry »
If Home Brain Training Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline):
“In a study published online Nov. 18 in PLOS Medicine, Australian researchers reviewed 52 previous studies that looked at the benefits of computerized brain training software for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain training programs like Lumosity, Cogmed, and Posit Science promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits.
The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ November e-newsletter, featuring a wealth of brain health insights, neuroscience and psychology research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy!
Finally, you may want to try these quick brain teasers to exercise your attention and working memory.
Enjoy a happy Thanksgiving and a great month of December!
- The SharpBrains Team
Enjoy this great session held at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, featuring:
- Dr. Joe Hardy, VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
- Mark Baxter, Head of Product (FitBrains) at Rosetta Stone
- Itamar Lesuisse, CEO of Peak
- Aki Nikolaidis, NSF Fellow at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana
- Chair: Zack Lynch, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization
Is Cognitive Training the Next Frontier in Sports? (iQ by Intel):
“The shift to quantitative analysis of so-called athlete intangibles — data previously unattainable before tracking devices provided empirical evidence — is replacing gut instinct and guesswork in sports…the volunteers spent a half hour playing a unique video game that recorded their physiological reactions to Read the rest of this entry »
By: Roy Zahut
As discussed during my SharpBrains Summit talk last week, it is very important to ensure fidelity between brain training tasks and the real-world scenarios where we expect those sharpened cognitive skills to be put to good use. That’s why, working with a number of researchers in the US and Europe, I’ve been developing a new 3D task called Street Nav, as part of Peak’s suite of mobile cognitive training games.
And this is what we just released: Presenting an aerial map with start and end-points to memorise, the game places the user at street level with the task of navigating to the designated destination, in an immersive 3D environment (see image to the right). In doing so Read the rest of this entry »