How does memory training lead to cognitive benefits? Aaron Seitz, director of the Brain Game Center for mental fitness and well-being at the University of California, Riverside, has wrestled with this question for several years.
Now he and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the UC Irvine School of Education; and Anja Pahor, formerly a postdoctoral researcher at UCR; are ready to address it by launching a nationwide project that seeks to engage 30,000 people in different variants of memory training through apps developed by the Brain Game Center.
“Cognitive impairment is one of the core symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)—and one of its most troubling concerns for many people with the condition. Now, a new study from NYU Langone Medical Center may provide hope for symptomatic relief for [Read more…] about Next: Scalable, medication-free relief of cognitive symptoms related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain (New York Times):
“A small amount of exercise may improve our ability to think as we age, but more may not be better, according to a new study of exercise and cognition…
In general, the researchers found, most of the exercisers showed improvement in their thinking skills…but these gains were about the same whether people had exercised for 75 minutes a week or 225 minutes [Read more…] about Growing evidence that brain health requires personalized, multi-pronged interventions
What happens in the brain when you learn a language? (The Guardian):
“Learning a foreign language can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish scientists discovered when they used brain scans to monitor what happens when someone learns a second language. The study is part of [Read more…] about Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language
Time for SharpBrains’ February e‑Newsletter, this time featuring the global launch of our new book, in Spanish, Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía SharpBrains para mejorar su mente y su vida, available already as a soft-cover and e‑book!
–> If you speak Spanish, please get a copy for yourself. También puede ver el video de la charla de presentación aquí (comienza en el minuto 5), y leer el artículo Esculpir el cerebro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.
–> If you don’t speak Spanish, please share this with someone who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been working quite hard over the last year to deliver a great adaptation of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness to “la lengua de Cervantes” — the jury is now out.
Some other news…
Brain Health Science & Practice:
- ADHD Study: Reducing the need for high medication doses with behavior therapy
- Study: Neurofeedback brain training can complement ADHD stimulant medications
- BRAIN Initiative: New call to action amidst growing skepticism
- Addressing cognitive deficits due to ADHD or leukemia/ brain tumor treatments
- “The vast majority…believe that cognitive training can work”
Digital Brain Health Industry & technology:
- Upcoming Webinar: The Digital Brain Health & Training Market in 2014
- Rosetta Stone as provider of “technology-based language-learning, reading and brain fitness solutions”
- On the perceived memory, cognitive benefits of playing casual video games
- Spiegel invests in brain training startup NeuroNation (Germany)
- The future of brainwave-enhanced media
- Who will be the personal brain trainers of the future?
Finally, please keep in mind that March 10–16th is 2014 Brain Awareness Week. Let’s all find a way to celebrate and invest in our most precious resource!
“Findings are very important because they show an unknown aspect of bilingualism, which goes beyond linguistic advantages, and they also show bilinguals are more effective in responding to certain stimuli,” explains researcher Cesar Avila, who ensures the research shows that bilingualism does not only have effects on the brain at a linguistic level, but that it also works differently, emphasizing the importance of introducing languages at an early age because it generates cognitive benefits.
Journal Reference: G. Garbin, A. Sanjuan, C. Forn, J.C. Bustamante, A. Rodriguez-Pujadas, V. Belloch, M. Hernandez, A. Costa, C. Ávila. Bridging language and attention: Brain basis of the impact of bilingualism on cognitive control. NeuroImage, 2010; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.05.078
This study supports another one we commented on a few years ago on how Bilingual brains stay sharp longer:
“In short: learning and speaking a foreign language provides constant brain exercise to the frontal lobes, the area of the brain right behind your forehead that focuses our attention, helps us ignore distractions, and make decisions.”