As amateur golfers, we’d love to play like the pros. There’s no doubt that you would trade your banana slice for Dustin Johnson’s penetrating 300-yard drive down the middle of the fairway or Collin Morikawa’s impeccable ball striking in a heartbeat.
Unfortunately, we have limiting factors — be they physical ability, money, time or something else. But that doesn’t mean we can’t adopt a few things the Tour pros do to stay in shape in our own lives. [Read more…] about Growing research supports Heart Rate Variability (HRV) biofeedback training to lower stress and anxiety, increase sports performance
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Promising for Major Depressive Disorder (Psychiatry Advisor):
“Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is an investigative modality for major depressive disorder (MDD) that has shown some promising results. Though it has a while before it is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, clinicians and patients have been clamoring for an effective treatment for MDD that is not associated with harmful adverse effects. [Read more…] about Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation shows early promise to ameliorate depression, especially if combined with other therapies and dosage optimized
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
In neurofeedback treatment for ADHD, individuals learn to alter their typical pattern of brainwave activity, i.e., EEG activity, to one that is consistent with a focused and attentive state.
This is done by collecting EEG data from individuals as they focus on stimuli presented on a computer screen. Their ability to control the stimuli, e.g., keeping the smile on a smiley face keeping a video playing, depends on their maintaining an EEG state that reflects focused attention.
Over time, most individuals better at this. Supporters of neurofeedback argue that learning to alter EEG activity and focus better during training eventually generalizes to real-world tasks that require strong attention skills, e.g., reading, homework, etc.
Although many experts remain skeptical of this approach, despite numerous supportive studies, a recently published meta-analysis of neurofeedback treatment provides important new support. [Read more…] about Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD
Computer-Based Cognitive Training Improves Memory Domains in Multiple Sclerosis (Neurology Advisor):
“Computer-based cognitive training may assist in improving memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a systematic review published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
A total of 9 studies reporting the use of computer-based cognitive training in patients with MS were included in [Read more…] about Evidence review finds that computer-based cognitive training can significantly improve memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)
For millennia, however, we were oblivious to our enormous creative capabilities. We had no idea that our brains were changing in response to our actions and attitudes, every day of our lives. So we unconsciously and randomly shaped our brains and our latter years because we believed we had an immutable brain that was at the mercy of our genes.
Nothing could be further from the truth. [Read more…] about To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm