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 »
Tinnitus: Turning Down the Volume (MedPage Today):
“The drug D-cycloserine was no more effective than placebo when used with a computer-based cognitive training program for relieving persistent ear ringing in patients with tinnitus in a small clinical study, but patients did report fewer cognitive difficulties… Read the rest of this entry »
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 »