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Brain Training to Enhance Performance, both post-Traumatic Brain Injury and for the workplace

A cou­ple of very inter­est­ing recent announce­ments show (in a mil­i­tary con­text) how well-tar­get­ed brain train­ing can com­ple­ment and aug­ment exist­ing approach­es, both to help “nor­mal” and “clin­i­cal” pop­u­la­tions, in ways that silo-based, rear-mir­ror think­ing often miss­es:

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense Awards $2 Mil­lion to Brain Plas­tic­i­ty Inc. to Study Impact of Brain Train­ing for Trau­mat­ic Brain Injuries (press release):

Brain Plas­tic­i­ty Inc. (BPI), a tech­nol­o­gy incu­ba­tor ded­i­cat­ed to the dis­cov­ery and devel­op­ment of nov­el tech­nolo­gies that har­ness the basic prin­ci­ples of brain plas­tic­i­ty to improve the lives of peo­ple with neu­ro­log­i­cal and psy­chi­atric dis­or­ders, was recent­ly award­ed a $2 mil­lion grant from the Unit­ed States Depart­ment of Defense.”

The grant will fund a two-year clin­i­cal tri­al of an inter­net-based pro­gram designed to improve cog­ni­tive func­tion in peo­ple suf­fer­ing from cog­ni­tive impair­ment fol­low­ing mild trau­mat­ic brain injuries (TBI) as a result of active duty with the Unit­ed States Mil­i­tary.  The award of this grant reflects the tremen­dous promise of brain-plas­tic­i­ty-based cog­ni­tive train­ing tech­nol­o­gy, which has already shown to be effec­tive in more than a dozen clin­i­cal tri­als in healthy aging, and is now enter­ing clin­i­cal tri­als in schiz­o­phre­nia and stroke reha­bil­i­ta­tion.”

Unit­ed States Office of Naval Research Recruits Lumos­i­ty to Enhance Human Intel­li­gence (press release):

Lumos Labs today announced it has been select­ed for a Small Busi­ness Inno­va­tion Research (SBIR) grant by the Office of Naval Research, which is respon­si­ble for the coor­di­na­tion, exe­cu­tion and pro­mo­tion of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy pro­grams for Unit­ed States Navy and Marine Corps. The grant is to be ded­i­cat­ed to the devel­op­ment and test­ing of a mobile appli­ca­tion that increas­es intel­li­gence and cog­ni­tive per­for­mance – specif­i­cal­ly work­ing mem­o­ry, atten­tion and deci­sion mak­ing – in healthy adults. Lumos­i­ty will apply the grant to fur­ther devel­op­ment of its iPhone appli­ca­tion, Brain Train­er, the world’s most pop­u­lar mobile brain train­ing appli­ca­tion with more than 7 mil­lion users.”

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  1. Hiit says:

    It will ben­e­fit to all of us

  2. Pit says:

    Great arti­cle, two years is quite a long era, I would love to see bet­ter iPhone pro­grams.

  3. David Brains says:

    Great, I have been using lumosity’s brain train­ing pro­gram for a while now and pret­ty hap­py with it, but I would love to see it being devel­oped even fur­ther!

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