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Cognitive training research: MindFit, Lumosity, Posit Science, Cogmed

The field of com­put­er-based cog­ni­tive train­ing (part of what we call “Brain Fit­ness”) is start­ing to get trac­tion in the media and becom­ing an emerg­ing indus­try, and we are hap­py to see how a grow­ing num­ber of researchers and sci­ence-based com­pa­nies are lead­ing stud­ies that will allow to bet­ter mea­sure results and refine the brain exer­cise soft­ware avail­able.

Pub­lished new research

  • Com­put­er­ized work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing after stroke-A pilot study. A pub­lished study on how Cogmed work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing may help stroke patients. See the ref­er­ence at Cogmed Research page (and full arti­cle here)
  • The Jour­nals of Geron­tol­ogy pub­lished a series of relat­ed papers in their June issue, includ­ing this by Kar­lene Ball, Jer­ri D. Edwards, and Les­ley A. Ross on The Impact of Speed of Pro­cess­ing Train­ing on Cog­ni­tive and Every­day Func­tions, J Geron­tol B Psy­chol Sci Soc Sci 2007 62: 19–31.  Abstract: “We com­bined data from six stud­ies, all using the same speed of pro­cess­ing train­ing pro­gram, to exam­ine the mech­a­nisms of train­ing gain and the impact of train­ing on cog­ni­tive and every­day abil­i­ties of old­er adults. Results indi­cat­ed that train­ing pro­duces imme­di­ate improve­ments across all sub­tests of the Use­ful Field of View test, par­tic­u­lar­ly for old­er adults with ini­tial speed of pro­cess­ing deficits. Age and edu­ca­tion had lit­tle to no impact on train­ing gain. Par­tic­i­pants main­tained ben­e­fits of train­ing for at least 2 years, which trans­lat­ed to improve­ments in every­day abil­i­ties, includ­ing effi­cient per­for­mance of instru­men­tal activ­i­ties of dai­ly liv­ing and safer dri­ving per­for­mance.”

Ongoing/ start­ing research

  • MindWeavers set to launch new ‘brain health’ soft­ware in the UK. “The company’s move into the adult brain health mar­ket fol­lows its acqui­si­tion of Brain­Boost, a busi­ness that devel­ops soft­ware to pro­tect against cog­ni­tive decline, found­ed by Baroness Susan Green­field, world expert in neu­ro-devel­op­ment and degen­er­a­tion.” (See the very inter­est­ing pro­file of sci­ence educator Susan Green­field). “We are also cur­rent­ly under­tak­ing a clin­i­cal study of the Mind­Works soft­ware we devel­oped joint­ly with Cog­niFit, which aims to pro­tect brain health in patients who have been diag­nosed with Mild Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment and ear­ly Alzheimer’s.”
  • This is the first time we hear about MindWeavers and Brain­Boost, but the prod­uct they are start­ing to dis­trib­ute in the UK for healthy indi­vid­u­als is the same as one of the prod­ucts we have had in our Shop for a while: Mind­Fit.
  • Lumos­i­ty by Lumos Labs: Research under­way with Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­ter for Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Brain Sci­ences Research to deter­mine if Lumos Labs exer­cis­es can be effec­tive in ame­lio­rat­ing cog­ni­tive impair­ment due to chemother­a­py.
  • Posit Sci­ence will be used in a Pilot project works with brain-injured vet­er­ans. East­er Seals is launch­ing a pilot project to help vet­er­ans of Iraq and Afghanistan with mild to mod­er­ate Trau­mat­ic Brain Injury.

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  1. Michael Broffman says:

    Please send me your email newslet­ter.
    Thank you

  2. Alvaro says:

    We have added you to the list, Michael

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