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Cognitive Development and Brain Research: Articles, Books, Papers (ASA)

brain fitness eventWe had a very fun session titled Teaching Brain Fitness in Your Community at an American Society on Aging (ASA) conference for health professionals a couple of weeks ago. Full house, with over 60 attendants and very good participation, showing great interest in the topic. I can’t wait to see the evaluations.

These are some of the resources I promised as a follow-up, which can be useful to everyone interested in our field:

Good general articles in the business and general media:

Change or Die

Want a sharp mind for your golden years? Start now

You’re Wiser Now

On how new neurons are born and grow in the adult brain:

Salk Scientists Demonstrate For The First Time That Newly Born Brain Cells Are Functional In The Adult Brain

Old Brains, New Tricks

On the surprising plasticity and development potential throughout life:

Brain Plasticity, Language Processing and Reading

Juggling Juggles the Brain

Successful Aging of the Healthy Brain

Other important aspects:

Stress and the Brain

Exercise and the Brain

Humor, Laughter and The Brain

On the importance and impact of mental stimulation and training:

Brain Work-outs

Training Improves Cognitive Abilities of Older Adults

On the role of mental stimulation in protecting the brain:

Mental stimulation staves off dementia

Mind-Building Hobbies Prevent Alzheimer’s

On Training the Brain to help people with ADD/ADHD:

Training the Brain: Cognitive therapy as an alternative to ADHD drugs

On the importance of building a Brain Reserve:

Level of Job Difficulty Linked to Alzheimer’s

Selected Scientific Abstracts:

Ball K, Berch DB, Helmers KF, et al. Effects of cognitive training interventions with older adults: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2002;288:2271-81.

Klingberg T, Fernell E, Olesen PJ, et al. Computerized training of working memory in children with ADHD–a randomized, controlled trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005;44:177-86.

Mahncke HW, Connor BB, Appelman J, et al. Memory enhancement in healthy older adults using a brain plasticity-based training program: a randomized, controlled study. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006;103:12523-8.

Scarmeas N, Stern Y. Cognitive reserve and lifestyle. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2003;25:625-33.

Tarraga L, Boada M, Modinos G, et al. A randomised pilot study to assess the efficacy of an interactive, multimedia tool of cognitive stimulation in Alzheimer’s disease. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2006;77:1116-21.

Willis SL, Tennstedt SL, Marsiske M, et al. Long-term effects of cognitive training on everyday functional outcomes in older adults. JAMA. 2006;296:2805-14.

Great popular science books by our Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Advisor

The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind – by Elkhonon Goldberg

The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older – by Elkhonon Goldberg

With a health/medical angle

Brain Longevity: The Breakthrough Medical Program that Improves Your Mind and Memory – by Dharma Singh Khalsa

The Memory Prescription: Dr. Gary Small’s 14-Day Plan to Keep Your Brain and Body Young – by Gary Small

Fascinating, user-friendly scientific books

A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theaters of the Brain – by John J. Ratey

Best of the Brain from Scientific American – a selection of essays

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind – by Eric Kandel

Magic Trees of the Mind – by Marian Diamond

Mapping the Mind – by Rita Carter

Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind – by V. S. Ramachandran

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves – by Sharon Begley

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide To Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping – by Robert M. Sapolsky

Good combination of information and activities

Building Mental Muscle: Conditioning Exercises for the Six Intelligence Zones – by David Gamon and Allen D. Bragdon

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5 Responses

  1. Jeferson says:

    A very good post!
    Thank you.

  2. Alvaro says:

    Glad you find it useful, Jeferson!

  3. Joseph says:

    Can you share with us your thoughts on ‘Brain entrainment’ software like Holosync etc.?

  4. Alvaro says:

    Hello Joseph, I have not been able to find any research paper on Holosync, so there is not much we can evaluate.

    Feel free to given me other names, and will take a look.

  5. Joseph says:

    Alvaro – Thank you for responding. My question was more towards understanding the efficacy of Brain Entrainment Software in general?Holosync was one name I discovered on the internet; other names include Hemi-sync etc.

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