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Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

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If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­ity, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

Out: crossword puzzles. In: digital cognitive assessments and training

brain_mindDo brain games work? (The Boston Globe):

There’s intense inter­est — and the poten­tial for big money — in the world of brain games. Lumosity…claims 60 mil­lion users…The mar­ket for Lumos­ity and com­peti­tors like Cogmed and Posit Sci­ence is grow­ing 25 per­cent a year, accord­ing to Sharp­Brains, a neuro-wellness research firm. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenging the outdated “fixed brain” dogma, the cognitive training market keeps growing

brain-scan-impairedThis 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 »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease

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Brain Train­ing Data­base: Trea­sure Trove for Pre­clin­i­cal Alzheimer’s Research? (Alzforum):

Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cog­ni­tive ability—may one day serve as cog­ni­tive diag­nos­tics to Read the rest of this entry »

Spiegel invests in brain training startup NeuroNation (Germany)

BrainTrainingSpiegel picks up stake in Berlin brain-training startup Neu­roNa­tion (Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Post):

Berlin-based brain-training startup Neu­roNa­tion has received a seven-figure invest­ment from pub­lish­ing firm Spiegel.net (part of the largest Ger­man media group). Read the rest of this entry »

Cogmed, emWave, brainHQ, Lumosity and “I have seen the results I wanted”

Ques­tion by Veron­ica Yin:
Cogmed has the high­est sur­vey results for “I have seen the results I wanted.” I had never heard of it before. emWave comes a close sec­ond, and I hadn’t heard of it either. And then brainHQ and Lumos­ity are well ahead of gen­eral brain games. What do you rec­om­mend for a busy mom and lawyer in my 50s? And for my teenage kids? Read the rest of this entry »

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