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Brain training works: Study finds 10-year benefit from 10-hour training

Brain TrainingBrain train­ing helped older adults stay sharp for years –study (Reuters):

  • A brief course of brain exer­cises helped older adults hold on to improve­ments in rea­son­ing skills and pro­cess­ing speed for 10 years after the course ended, accord­ing to results from the largest study ever done on cog­ni­tive train­ing.  Read the rest of this entry »

USA Hockey uses cognitive training to enhance pattern recognition, game-intelligence

USAHockey_IntelliGymAster­oids on Ice: Video Game Helps Young Play­ers Develop Skills (New York Times):

  • Could a desk­top com­puter game be what makes the young Amer­i­cans so good?… “Work the brain; the sci­ence is there,” said Dan­ton Cole, in his fourth sea­son as the coach of USA Hockey’s U-18 team…For the past five sea­sons, Read the rest of this entry »

How to inte­grate neuroplasticity-based inter­ven­tions with exist­ing stan­dards of care

Enjoy the full slide deck from this ses­sion, which took place at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th): Read the rest of this entry »

If you play chess, then take up hiking

newsHeads up on a cou­ple of good arti­cles, one shar­ing great brain fit­ness tips based on the mate­r­ial dis­cussed dur­ing our 2013 Sum­mit, the other ana­lyz­ing the growth of cog­ni­tive train­ing ser­vice Lumosity.

7 Ways to Opti­mize Your Brain (Huff­in­g­ton Post):

  • 3. Cross-train your brain. The say­ing “use it or lose it” clearly applies to brain fit­ness. It’s vital to con­stantly step out of your com­fort zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training via mindfulness, cognitive training, and/ or tDCS

brains-mindsSev­eral recent media arti­cles high­light the grow­ing inter­est in a vari­ety of approaches to enhance the brain and the mind. The obvi­ous emerg­ing ques­tion, which we address at The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness given that “one size doesn’t fit all” is, what works best for whom and for what?

Mind­ful­ness: Get­ting Its Share of Atten­tion (The New York Times):

The Marine Corps is test­ing Mind Fit­ness Train­ing to help sol­diers relax and boost “emo­tional intel­li­gence,” the buzz­words of the hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: On Neuroplasticity, Yoga Meditation, Cognitive Training, and Total Health

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of arti­cles, inter­views, and brain teasers. Enjoy!

Fresh research and perspectives:

Inter­views with sharp brains:

Brain teasers:

Happy Hal­loween, and have a great month of November!

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training

braintechIsrael’s first inter­na­tional Brain­Tech con­fer­ence took place this week, on Octo­ber 14 and 15th. It was orga­nized by Israel Brain Tech­nolo­gies (IBT), a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to posi­tion Israel as a global brain tech­nol­ogy and research cen­ter. The con­fer­ence included talks rep­re­sent­ing mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers in the neu­rotech­nol­ogy sec­tor world­wide – patients, clin­i­cians, aca­d­e­mic lead­ers, pub­lic offi­cials, entre­pre­neurs and indus­try exec­u­tives. An impor­tant ses­sion in the con­fer­ence was the Brain­Blitz — a round­table ses­sion where dif­fer­ent brain tech­nol­ogy top­ics were dis­cussed in smaller inter­est groups.

Our table, devoted to Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and Cog­ni­tive train­ing, Read the rest of this entry »

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