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The debate continues: Review finds weak evidence standards behind commercially-available brain training programs

balance_scaleBrain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test (NPR):

“In October 2014, more than 70 scientists published an open letter objecting to marketing claims made by brain training companies. Pretty soon, another group, with more than 100 scientists, published a rebuttal saying brain training has a solid scientific base.

“So you had two consensus statements, each signed by many, many people, that came to Read the rest of this entry »

ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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–An example of a speed-of-processing task. Courtesy of Posit Science

Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News):

“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: To improve brain health you need BOTH aerobic and cognitive exercise

— Neural networks. Photo credit: Radu Jianu, Brown University

Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits (Science Daily):

“Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas Read the rest of this entry »

Three neuroscientists win $1 million Kavli Prize for discovering brain’s plasticity

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Three neuroscientists win $1m award for discovering brain’s plasticity (STAT):

“Three neuroscientists whose research overturned decades-old notions about how and whether the brain can change in response to experience have won a $1 million Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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At-Home Cognitive Remediation May Provide Medication-Free Symptom Relief for Neuropsychological Issues Associated with Multiple Sclerosis (press release):

“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for Read the rest of this entry »

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