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BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”

bbcbraintrainingOnline brain train­ing ‘helps old­er adults with every­day tasks’ (BBC):

Near­ly 7,000 peo­ple aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month exper­i­ment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the vol­un­teers were encour­aged to play online brain train­ing games for 10 min­utes at a time, as often as they wished. The oth­ers — the con­trol group — were asked to do sim­ple inter­net search­es Read the rest of this entry »

Training our brains with novelty, challenge…and videogames (20-minute panel discussion)

How Do Video Games Affect The Brain? (Huff­in­g­ton Post Live):

Amer­i­cans play a lot of video games — that much isn’t up for dis­pute. But the impact on our brains is, along with the bil­lion dol­lar indus­try that has sprung up around games, designed to make you smarter. Can “brain train­ing” games make real change? Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

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Brain Train­ing Goes to School (Web­MD):

Kristy Lea was search­ing for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she want­ed to reserve med­ica­tion as a last resort…Increasingly, ther­a­pists, school sys­tems, and par­ents are turn­ing to brain-train­ing games to help chil­dren with learn­ing chal­lenges.

If you look at the [sci­en­tif­ic research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

To treat depression, we will likely combine neuroplasticity-based brain training games with antidepressants

BrainTrainingCom­put­er Games Bet­ter Than Med­ica­tion in Treat­ing Elder­ly Depres­sion (Live Sci­ence):

Com­put­er games could help in treat­ing old­er peo­ple with depres­sion who haven’t been helped by anti­de­pres­sant drugs or oth­er treat­ments for the disorder…In a study of 11 old­er patients, researchers found play­ing cer­tain com­put­er games was just as effec­tive at reduc­ing symp­toms of depres­sion as Read the rest of this entry »

Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience: The Frontier of Gaming?

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We had a great event last Thurs­day in Lon­don to dis­cuss the future of applied neu­ro­science and gam­ing. Thank you, Brainbow/ Peak team, for host­ing us, and Strate­gic North for help­ing pro­mote it! Read the rest of this entry »

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