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Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

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If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Health­line):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­i­ty, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strength­en your brain, the new study found most­ly small ben­e­fits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

Out: crossword puzzles. In: digital cognitive assessments and training

brain_mindDo brain games work? (The Boston Globe):

There’s intense interest?—?and the poten­tial for big money?—?in the world of brain games. Lumosity…claims 60 mil­lion users…The mar­ket for Lumos­i­ty and com­peti­tors like Cogmed and Posit Sci­ence is grow­ing 25 per­cent a year, accord­ing to Sharp­Brains, a neu­ro-well­ness research firm. Read the rest of this entry »

Challenging the outdated “fixed brain” dogma, the cognitive training market keeps growing

brain-scan-impairedThis Man’s Brain Recov­ery Has Baf­fled Sci­en­tists And Pro­vid­ed Hope For Oth­ers (The Tele­graph):

…The odds of sur­viv­ing a coma are noto­ri­ous­ly hard to pre­dict, brain injury being the most com­plex of prob­lems afflict­ing the most com­plex organ in the body…In Lewis’s case, it took a vil­lage to rebuild his mind Read the rest of this entry »

Is working memory training the priority for ADHD patients?

ADHD Attention Deficit DisorderThere are sev­er­al rea­sons why it is impor­tant to devel­op evi­dence-based ADHD treat­ments in addi­tion to med­ica­tion and behav­ior ther­a­py.

Not all chil­dren ben­e­fit from med­ica­tion, some expe­ri­ence intol­er­a­ble side effects, and many con­tin­ue to strug­gle despite the ben­e­fits pro­vid­ed by med­ica­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing cognitive deficits due to ADHD or leukemia/ brain tumor treatments

fog brainThe Sci­ence Behind ‘Brain Train­ing’ (The Atlantic):

Julie Schweitzer, direc­tor of the ADHD Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia in Davis’s MIND Insti­tute, con­duct­ed a ran­dom­ized study of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD. When pub­lished in July 2012 in the jour­nal Neu­rother­a­peu­tics, Schweitzer’s study found that chil­dren Read the rest of this entry »

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