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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 »

Update: For brain training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in regions that matter

connectome_mediumTime 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…

New think­ing:

New research:

New tools:

 

Have a great month of June! To start on the right foot, you may want to tease your mind with this visual illu­sion

Cheers,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

On the perceived memory, cognitive benefits of playing casual video games

Bejeweled BlitzPsy­chol­o­gists 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 »

Book review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Ungifted_KaufmanJust 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 »

Are we intelligent about developing human intelligence?

Ungifted_KaufmanWhen 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 »

Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind

speakerHeads up: these are some of my upcom­ing talks, start­ing tomor­row with a brief insight blast on Upgrad­ing edu­ca­tion and health with the brain in mind at the World Eco­nomic Forum on Latin Amer­ica. If you’re a Sharp­Brains friend and speak­ing at/ attend­ing any, please let me know so we can connect.

Upcoming talks: ESCoNS2, Harvard, WEF, Neurogaming, mesh13

speakerHeads up: these are some of the talks I’ll be giv­ing over the next few months. If you’re a Sharp­Brains friend and speak­ing at/ attend­ing any, please let me know so we can connect.

> March 15–17, Los Ange­les: Mar­riage of Sci­ence & Indus­try — How to cre­ate a sus­tain­able busi­ness model that proves end-user value, at ESCoNS2 (Enter­tain­ment Soft­ware and Cog­ni­tive Neu­rother­a­peu­tics Society)

> April 1st, Boston: Health from the Neck Up, a guest lec­ture at Har­vard exten­sion course Mind, Brain, Health, and Edu­ca­tion (MBHE): The Sci­ences of Devel­op­ment, Learn­ing, and Well-being

> April 23–25, Lima, Peru: World Eco­nomic Forum on Latin Amer­ica 2013

> May 1–2, San Fran­cisco: Think, Think, Think: Cog­ni­tive Gam­ing Plat­forms, at Neu­rogam­ing

> May 15–16, Toronto:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13  Read the rest of this entry »

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