The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind? (Cerebrum):
“…the issue of what does and doesn’t work is complex…The critical question is whether transfer of training occurs. Does extended practice of the trained games result in general perceptual and cognitive improvements that boost performance of meaningful, real-life tasks such as driving, remembering names and faces, and keeping track of finances?… Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, featuring the usual wealth of insights and resources and, above all, thanking the 215 participants in 17 countries who joined an amazing 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit! (each blue dot represents a participant or group of participants).
(We are now digesting everything discussed during 3 intense days, and trying to enjoy a relaxing weekend…)
Have a great month of November!
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Last month I had the fortune to join over 1,900 pioneers from 90 countries at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Tianjin, China, to discuss how innovation can improve the state of the world.
Throughout hundreds of panels, workshops, private meetings and social gatherings, we examined how to deal with climate change, how to invest in public infrastructure, how to better regulate financial services, and dozens of other pressing topics. In addressing these issues, everyone — independent of nationality or discipline – brought to the table our most precious asset: the amazing Human Brain.
During stimulating and captivating sessions we explored Read the rest of this entry »
Brain-Training Companies Get Advice From Some Academics, Criticism From Others (The Chronicle of Higher Education):
“…brain-game companies entice people to buy subscriptions to their online training programs, many of which promise to increase customers’ “neuroplasticity,” “fluid intelligence,” and working memory capacity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging.
Leading scientists have criticized those promises Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ August 2014 e-newsletter, featuring a wealth of insights, science and technology reports…and this brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation abilities. Enjoy!
Finally, we encourage you to check out the excellent Agenda for the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (October 28-30th, 2014). To chair the sessions, we now count on experts such as Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the American Journal of Health Promotion, Zack Lynch, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, James Cavuoto, Editor and Publisher at Neurotech Reports, and journalists such as Patricia Marx, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and Maseena Ziegler, Author and Forbes Contributor.
Have a great month of September!
This Man’s Brain Recovery Has Baffled Scientists And Provided Hope For Others (The Telegraph):
“…The odds of surviving a coma are notoriously hard to predict, brain injury being the most complex of problems afflicting the most complex organ in the body…In Lewis’s case, it took a village to rebuild his mind Read the rest of this entry »
Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory: a meta-analysis (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review):
“…due to the broad interest in cognitive training, laboratories around the world are investigating the effects of training and transfer. In fact, the first study of n-back training on Gf (fluid intelligence) was conducted in Switzerland…and from our own experiences conducting research both internationally and in the U.S., we have anecdotally observed Read the rest of this entry »