Let’s explore some high-quality new resources, announcements and studies in this June edition of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter. The field is clearly on the move!
Portraits of the Mind: Several sharp brains (Rick, Karen, John, thanks!) strongly recommend the recent book “Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century” (which includes the image on the left) as great reading and as a beautiful coffee table book.
Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social Involvement: The current issue of Cerebrum includes the excellent in-depth article on the value of volunteering program Experience Corps to promote healthy and meaningful aging through social involvement.
Working memory training can improve fluid intelligence: Finally, a powerful voice of common sense. A new scientific study concludes that “cognitive training can be effective and long-lasting, but there are limiting factors that must be considered to evaluate the effects of this training, one of which is individual differences in training performance. We propose that future research should not investigate whether cognitive training works, but rather should determine what training regimens and what training conditions result in the best transfer effects, investigate the underlying neural and cognitive mechanisms, and finally, investigate for whom cognitive training is most useful.”
Lumos Labs raises $32.5m: Lumos Labs, the company behind lumosity.com, has just raised the single largest amount of funding in the space.
Developing a Research Agenda for Serious Games: The recent trade book Computer Games and Instruction brings together the leading edge perspectives of over a dozen scientists in the area of videogames and learning, including this very insightful analysis by Harvard’s Chris Dede.
In the News: Brief articles in the New York Times and a very powerful analysis in The New York Review of Books provide useful clues about Brain Calisthenics, Bilingual Brains, and Debunking Myths on Mental Illness.
Emerging Military Applications: 2 recent announcements show, in a military context, innovative ways to enhance brain functioning and performance both to help “normal” and “clinical” (post-TBI) populations.