NeurOlympics is a deceptively simple test.
The 60-minute assessment guides people through four uncomplicated video games. One involves remembering disappearing icons. Another is an exercise in rapid reaction time. A person’s performance on the test is then run through an algorithm that evaluates performance in memory, speed and other characteristics. [Read more…] about Trend: Esports teams harness cognitive tests to better match player to task and to identify training opportunities
Many parents feel guilty when their children play video games for hours on end. Some even worry it could make their children less clever. And, indeed, that’s a topic scientists have clashed over for years.
In our new study, we investigated how video games affect the minds of children, interviewing and testing more than 5,000 children aged ten to 12. And the results, published in Scientific Reports, will be surprising to some. [Read more…] about Study finds that playing videogames may be more cognitively beneficial for children than other forms of screentime (social media, watching videos/ TV)
Q: What do our thought processes have in common with walking through the jungle?
A: We only make real progress after acknowledging going in circles.
Q: What is the worst kind of echo?
[Read more…] about Train your brain to think outside the box with these fun riddles
Q: What is by far the most outstanding and surprising of all humankind’s successes?
A: Waking up in the morning.
Q: Of our many tools, which is one of the most powerful, and yet the most pliable?
Q: Who insists that mindless obedience is a sign of intelligence?
A: All of us — when referring to our pets. [Read more…] about 12 quick brain puzzles to welcome a sharp new year
The ‘Brain’ in Growth Mindset: Does Teaching Students Neuroscience Help? (Education Week):
“Teaching students the science of how their brains change over time can help them see intelligence as something they can develop, rather than innate and unchangeable, finds a new analysis of 10 separate studies online in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education.
Teaching students the concept of neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to make new neural connections as a result of experience—is a common tactic in helping students develop a so-called “growth” rather than “fixed” mindset … on average, such interventions improved students’ motivation, they particularly benefited students and subjects which prior studies have shown are at high risk of developing a fixed mindset. [Read more…] about Meta-analysis finds value in teaching the science of neuroplasticity, especially for math achievement among at-risk students
Dr. Randal Koene is the Lead Scientist at Kernel, a $100-million-funded start-up building advanced neural interfaces to treat disease and dysfunction, illuminate the mechanisms of intelligence, and extend cognition. A neuroscientist and neuroengineer, [Read more…] about Neuroengineering pioneer Randal Koene to discuss neural interfaces at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit