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 »
After two very intense Summit days, today we have Expo Day, looking at the latest solutions and initiatives by Summit Sponsors — including the cognitive performance dashboard below, by Peak. Many people working on ways to engage, educate, empower and better equip everyone with a brain!
Declining intelligence in old age linked to visual processing (Science Daily):
“Researchers have uncovered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s thinking skills decline in old age… Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ May 2014 e-newsletter. If you’re looking for new thinking, research and tools to enhance lifelong brain health and performance, you’re in the right place…
Have a great month of June! To start on the right foot, you may want to tease your mind with this visual illusion…
The SharpBrains Team
Psychologists Find the Perceived Benefits of Casual Video Games Among Adults (press release):
“New research from psychologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that while a majority of adults cite the ability to compete with friends as their primary reason for playing online casual video games, they report differing perceived benefits from playing Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Just a couple weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that “brain fitness” is a meaningless concept and pursuit. On the one hand, they thought, intelligence is a fixed trait and no intervention has shown so far to reliably increase it. On the other hand, nothing has been shown to prevent the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. According to this mindset…why bother?
Well, what if such mental framework was wrong or, worse, misleading? Read the rest of this entry »
By: Scott Barry Kaufman
When it comes to our understanding of human intelligence, for too long, there has been a mismatch between theory and practice. Theoretically, the two main threads running through definitions of intelligence have been (a) adaptation to the environment, and (b) the cognitive, affective, and volitional characteristics that enable that adaptation. Practically, IQ tests measure an important but limited slice of intellectual functioning in a very limited testing environment. Why such a disconnect?
Intelligence tests were born out of necessity. Read the rest of this entry »