Dr. Michael Merzenich has written a great post titled “cognitive reserve is a good thing to work on!. Recommended reading if you are interested in another scientific perspective for cognitive training.
I agree we should know more (as usual), especially for policy decisions, but there is enough research, from Marian Diamond et al (see beautiful essays below) work on enriched environments to cognitive reserve and training, that is shouting at all of us: Exercise Your Brain! Enjoy Learning! Statistics such as that the average American-including kids- watch 5 hours of TV daily… don’t mean “we need more research” but “how can we change this”?.
See a couple of quotes from my recent interview with Yaakov Stern on the Cognitive Reserve.
- “well…I was pretty surprised when, years ago, a reporter from Seventeen magazine requested an interview. I was really curious to learn why [Read more…] about Exercise Your Brain! Enjoy Learning!