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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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