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Cognitive development across the lifespan (young minds’ edition)

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Cognitive development (great article at Frontiers for Young Minds; a new publication “edited for kids, by kids”):

“…The distinction between fluid and crystallized intelligence is important because the two are influenced by different factors. While the former is more biologically determined and genetically predisposed, the latter is shaped more by experience. This is a little bit similar to what we know of sports Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: Helping consumers separate brain training wheat from brain games chaff

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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 »

Study finds n-back cognitive training can increase fluid intelligence (especially outside the USA)

workingmemoryImproving 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 »

Can You Make Yourself Smarter? Yes. Real question is, How?

A new article in The New York Times, Can You Make Yourself Smarter, provides a great overview of working memory and cognitive training:

– “We see attention and working memory as the cardiovascular function of the brain,” Jaeggi says.“If you train your attention and working memory, you increase your basic cognitive skills that help you for many different complex tasks.” Read the rest of this entry »

Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”

Kudos to Patricia Cohen for one of the best articles I have read in The New York Times in a long time: A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond, by Patricia Cohen. These are a few quotes – please do read the article in full, it is worth it.

  • “Some people are much better than their peers at delaying age-related declines in memory and calculating speed. What researchers want to know is why. Why does your 70-year-old neighbor score half her age on a memory test, while you, at 40, have the memory of a senior citizen? Read the rest of this entry »

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