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ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk

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Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News):

“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. Read the rest of this entry »

Book review: Grit is a tool in the toolbox, not the silver bullet

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West Point cadets endure a grueling level of physical exertion, emotional challenge, and social abuse. The standards for completing the training are high, as is the dropout rate.

According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, who has studied these cadets, what sets the graduates apart from those who don’t complete the training Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Ten Common Myths About Brain Health, Debunked

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DARPA launches Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program to accelerate cognitive skills training

--TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

— TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning (DARPA news):

“The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even more than that…pushing those limits further, DARPA aims to enlist the body’s peripheral nerves to achieve something that has long been considered the brain’s domain alone: facilitating learning. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: A growing toolkit for brain training and brain enhancement

holdingbrainCan Electric ‘Brain Training’ Devices Make You Smarter? (Fortune):

“If there were a system or a product that could make you, say, 10% smarter, you’d buy it in a second, right? That’s been the promise of the “brain training” field…

Now, faster than the current coursing through your cerebellum, the field is burgeoning into what could be called Brain Training 2.0. Read the rest of this entry »

The (Tailored) Future of New Driver Training

New driver training study highlights importance of post-licence skills (Science Network):

“Crash rates are highest immediately after licensing…so there is potential for improving safety during the first six months,” Dr Beanland says…“Driving involves a highly complex skill set, so drivers need some kind of training and practice to acquire those skills…The paper found cognitive skills training (particularly hazard perception) had the potential to significantly reduce crash risk, and Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Music Training Can Enhance Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function

Very interesting new study published in Psychological Science: Short-Term Music Training Enhances Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function.

Abstract: Researchers have designed training methods that can be used to improve mental health and to test the efficacy of education programs. However, few studies have demonstrated broad transfer from such training to performance on untrained cognitive activities. Here we report the effects of two interactive computerized training programs developed for preschool children: one for music and one for visual art. After only 20 days of training, Read the rest of this entry »

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