“Our digital lives make concentration difficult…A group of Cambridge university researchers believes to have developed a “fun” solution to this modern problem. By playing a “brain training” game, called Decoder, players can increase their concentration. [Read more…] about Brain training seen as promising non-pharmacological method to enhance attention in healthy young adults
“People with obsessive compulsive disorder could manage their symptoms, including excessive handwashing and contamination fears, by using a “brain training” app, according to its developers.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge in Britain, who tested [Read more…] about Study: One-week brain training can increase cognitive flexibility and reduce OCD symptoms
“Selena Gomez hit the headlines this week when she revealed to ELLE Magazine that, despite being one of the world’s most influential celebrities online with 142 million followers on Instagram alone, she actually has no social media or photo editing apps on her smartphone.
In fact, the only app she does have is Peak, a popular brain-training app.
The Peak app has already reached 40 million downloads worldwide, and Selena Gomez is just part of a growing trend of 20-somethings who are now using apps and games like this for fun, self-improvement and relaxation, rather than just passively browsing online content.”
News in Context:
Evidence That Computerized Cognitive Training Works (Psychology Today)
“Many people use computerized cognitive training with the hopes of preventing mental decline or improving mental performance. But do these brain training games actually work? [Read more…] about Evidence review: Cognitive training & remediation works, especially in schizophrenia and healthy aging
In the search for new treatments, science often focuses on medication first. But drugs aren’t the only way to fight illness, particularly when looking at brain diseases. My research looks into how playing specially designed computer games might help people who are living with Huntington’s disease. [Read more…] about Perspective: How brain training games could help patients with Huntington’s disease
Time for SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, bringing you latest news around medication, brain training, supplements, mind-wandering, digital therapeutics, wearables, and more — and also a few quick brain teasers to wrap-up.
- Consistent use of ADHD medication may stunt growth by 2 inches, large study finds
- Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show
- The ultimate in transfer from brain training to real-world outcomes: Reducing the risk of at-fault accidents by almost 50%
- AARP, TINA.org and the National Consumers League join forces to challenge Prevagen memory improvement claims
- Reinventing Brain Medicine, pharma adopts digital therapeutics: Evidence-based videogames, smartphone apps, and sensors
- Forget the Oscars — the Greater Goodies honor ten films that highlight the growth mindset, resilience, and more
- Next in clinical practice: Automated real-time detection of seizures via wearable EMG devices
- DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects
Finally, we have a couple of fun, quick brain teasers for you, and also a selection of articles to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018.
Have a great spring,
The SharpBrains Team