“Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training [Read more…] about The National Institute of Mental Health gives $2M grant to identify factors that make working memory training work (or not)
Can Training Help Aging Brains? (WebMD):
George Rebok, PhD, conducted one of the largest studies to date looking at how cognitive training affects older adults. Rebok, a professor at the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, talks about the study findings, commercially available brain training, and what he recommends for brain health.
“What we found was I think very encouraging and also somewhat surprising [Read more…] about Must-read interview with George Rebok, PhD: Can cognitive training help aging brains?
What excites you the most about your job?
As a Professor and the founder of Brain Trainers Mental Fitness LLC, I love seeing how the right information can have a life-changing effect on people.
Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? What motivated you to pursue work in your field?
I’m an educator first and foremost: I like to see people empowered with clear, accurate, and useful information about their brains. Just understanding more about diet, exercise and sleep could revolutionize our society. Beyond education, I’m especially interested in biofeedback, neurofeedback, mindfulness, mental athletics, and lucid dreaming.
What are 1–2 key things you’d like every person to understand regarding his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is commonly misrepresented or not addressed in the popular media?
People just expect too much of human memory. It’s not a recording device. I can’t count the number of times someone has come to me thinking there was something “wrong” with their memory, only to describe limitations that are perfectly normal. I’m considering putting this on my tombstone: “There is nothing wrong with you!” [Read more…] about Matthew Barrett: Human memory is not a recording device
Time for SharpBrains’ September 2012 eNewsletter, featuring leading-edge research and insights to help connect the dots among technology, healthy living, healthare, concussions, and–our protagonist–the brain.
- Is the Internet making us dumber? (Nope, just different)
- Increasing cognitive loads on miners’ brains: good example of where society is heading
- Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics
- Employee Assistance Programs enhance corporate wellness with brain training
- The NIH Toolbox:First Comprehensive & Standardized Tests of Brain Function
- MMSE®/MMSE®-2™ Cognitive Impairment Screener, Now a Mobile App
Healthy Living & the Brain:
- Why do SuperAgers Maintain Memory and a Thick Cortex?
- Will Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit enhance physical & cognitive health? Probably — if people go
- Health value of Omega‑3 supplements is increasingly questioned
- Good Q&A on Mild Cognitive Impairment
Healthcare & the Brain:
- Mapping the Brain To Better Enhance and Treat the Mind
- Cognitive therapy or medication? Brain scans may help personalize treatments
- Monitoring EEG Brain Activity to Personalize Memory Training
- Training Attention and Memory after Bypass Surgery
- MRI scan technicians can experience negative neurocognitive effects
Concussions & the Brain:
- Retooling cognitive rehabilitation for military patients with traumatic brain injury
- NFL donates $30 million to improve concussion & brain injury care
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“The team monitored test subjects’ brain activity while they studied word lists, then used the EEG (electroencephalography) to predict who would remember the most information. Because [Read more…] about Monitoring EEG Brain Activity to Personalize Memory Training
Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session today on memory, memory techniques and brain-healthy lifestyles with Dr. Gary Small, Director of UCLA’s Memory Clinic and Center on Aging, and author of The Memory Bible. You can learn more about his book Here, and learn more about upcoming Brain Fitness Q&A Sessions Here.
Perhaps one of the best questions and answers was:
Question: Gary, you’ve worked many years in this field. Let us in on the secret. What do YOU do you, personally, to promote your own brain fitness?
Answer: I try to get at least 30 minutes of aerobic conditioning each day; try to minimize my stress by staying connected with family and friends; generally eat a brain healthy diet (fish, fruits, vegetables), and try to balance my online time with my offline time. Which reminds me, I think it is almost time for me to sign off line. [Read more…] about Transcript: Dr. Gary Small on Enhancing Memory and the Brain