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Some recent brain train­ing and health news: Monkey memory

1) A Promis­ing Debut for Com­put­er­ized Ther­a­pies

2) Fit­ness pro­tects brain in Alzheimer’s patients

3) Brain Fit­ness Pro­gram Clas­sic comes to Mac

4) Posit Sci­ence gains own­er­ship of Sci­en­tif­ic Learn­ing (NSDQ: SCIL) Brain­Con­nec­tion.

5) Brain train­ing on your mobile

6) You must remem­ber this: how the mind works

Here you have the links and my com­men­tary for these news: Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: sweepstakes with FREE brain training give-aways

This pro­mo­tion ends April 16th-so make sure you enter if you want to have the chance to win some nice mind and brain exer­cise for free.

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Some weeks we were con­tact­ed by Sony Pic­tures to pro­vide the Grand Prize for one of their Sweep­stakes pro­grams, for just-released San­dra Bullock’s Pre­mo­ni­tion movie.

We were hap­py to put togeth­er a com­plete Brain Fit­ness Kit, some­thing like a boot camp for the brain (a “brain camp”?), which you can get FOR FREE. The kit is com­posed of:

- One (1) Com­plete Men­tal Work­out Soft­ware pro­gram (Mind­Fit) that helps train mem­o­ry and oth­er skills (ARV: $149.00)
— One (1) Stress Man­age­ment Biofeed­back pro­gram (Freeze-Framer) (ARV: $320.00)
— One (1) Exer­cise Your Brain DVD (ARV: $20.00)
— One (1) Brain Fit­ness 101 eBook ($12.00)

- Five (5) pri­vate phone-based ses­sions with our Brain Coach (you will hear more about this soon) (ARV: $350.00)
If you want the chance to win this Prize, togeth­er with a $1,000 check, you can sim­ply vis­it Pre­mo­ni­tion Expect the Unex­pect­ed Sweep­stakes pro­gram and fill in your details. There is no cost asso­ci­at­ed with this pro­mo­tion. This is why you are see­ing ban­ners in this site for the first time.

Good luck!

Is it necessary to train under the supervision of a doctor or other specialist?

Fitness TrainerHere is ques­tion 11 of 25 from Brain Fit­ness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Ques­tions. To down­load the com­plete ver­sion, please click here

Ques­tion:
Is it nec­es­sary to train under the super­vi­sion of a doc­tor or oth­er spe­cial­ist?

Key Points:

  • Recre­ation­al activ­i­ties have always been done for fun either social­ly or inde­pen­dent­ly.
  • Most com­put­er-based soft­ware pro­grams are intend­ed for you to use on your own com­put­er when it suits you. Think exer­cise and fit­ness, not med­i­cine.
  • A few pro­grams used for peo­ple with med­ical con­di­tions may be super­vised or reviewed by the treat­ing neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist, physi­cian, or oth­er health­care per­son­nel.

Answer: Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Fitness Blog Carnival #1

Brain Fitness CarnivalWel­come to the inau­gur­al edi­tion of the Brain Fit­ness Blog Car­ni­val. The tim­ing couldn’t be bet­ter  you have prob­a­bly seen the fea­tured CBS News/TIME Series on Brain Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty.

Thanks to the over 40 peo­ple who sub­mit­ted posts. We have had to select the posts we enjoyed the most to help facil­i­tate an engag­ing and informed con­ver­sa­tion.

Learn­ing is phys­i­cal. Our expe­ri­ence lit­er­al­ly shapes our brains. And vice ver­sa. The media seems to be focus­ing most­ly on brain fit­ness for seniors, but its impli­ca­tions go beyond that, as you will see in this post by Car­o­line: What is Brain Fit­ness?, and the arti­cles in this car­ni­val.

Sci­ence-based under­stand­ing is evolv­ing from “Use it or Lose It” to “Use It and Improve It.”  As Fast Company’s Alan Deutschman provoca­tive­ly puts it in his last book, Change or Die. We couldn’t agree more with his sum­ma­ry rec­om­men­da­tion: “Relate. Repeat. Reframe.” Alan presents a blog arti­cle announc­ing his book (here is his orig­i­nal arti­cle). Read the rest of this entry »

Brain based coaching for brain fitness: Head Coach

You may have seen our last and excel­lent post, Train Your Brain: Get a Head Coach, and won­dered, have Car­o­line and Alvaro become Head Coach­es now?

Rest assured. We haven’t.

Please wel­come our Head Coach, Neal Cohen, Psy.D. Neal is a licensed clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Read the rest of this entry »

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