” … 19 individuals older than 65 years of age who were experiencing cognitive decline were randomized to a control group or an intervention group for 8 weeks. The control group received online information related to dementia and lifestyle risk factors, Mediterranean diet, physical activity, and cognitive engagement. Participants were instructed to implement this information into their own lifestyles. The intervention group received the same online information, plus active components to assist with implementing this information into their lifestyles: dietitian sessions, an exercise physiologist session, and online brain training. [Read more…] about Study: Actual, sustained practice–not mere knowledge–is needed to harness neuroplasticity and improve cognition over time
“Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the volunteers were encouraged to play online brain training games for 10 minutes at a time, as often as they wished. The others — the control group — were asked to do simple internet searches [Read more…] about BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”
Below you have the brain games and teasers we have added in 2008 so far. Ready?
— October 2008: Top Brainy Haikus. Yours?.
- September 2008: What is going on with these pictures?.
- September 2008: 7 Brainteasers for Job Interviews.
- August 2008: Can you use mental self rotation to read a map?.
- August 2008: Spot the Differences! how many are there?.
Thank you to everyone who has written so many fun haikus over the summer (following the post Top 25 Brain and Mind Haikus. Yours?). These are the 10 I have enjoyed the most:
(Also, Can you write a haiku describing anything crossing your mind now? Remember the simple rules: write 3 lines, which don’t need to rhyme, containing 5,7, and 5 syllables. You can leave your haiku as a comment below for extra points…)
Top 10 Brainy Haikus — enjoy!
Love, college, career.
A new world of transitions.
Will I survive? Yes.
My release technique,
Forgive, forget, love all,
Meditate on that!
Through the microscope,
slice of brain stains pink and blue,
the wonder of thought.
Justin the genieus
Must spell check the word genius
to post this Haiku
Just came across this very stimulating and fun Traveler IQ interactive game…enjoy!
Link: Traveler IQ Challenge
Note: at the bottom of the page you can select a variety of challenges (flags of the world, UNESCO sites, North America…) My favourite: Photos of the World.
The holidays are approaching and you can expect many software and game developers to advertise their products aggressively, trying to get you buy their “brain training” products for you or as a gift for a loved one.
The good news is that there are more and more tools we can use to keep mentally stimulated and even train and improve specific cognitive abilities (like processing speed, short-term memory…). You may be reading about Nintendo Brain Age, Posit Science, Fast ForWord, MindFit, Lumosity, Happy Neuron, MyBrainTrainer, emWave, StressEraser and more. And, of course, there are also non-technology based interventions.
The bad news is that it is difficult to separate marketing from scientific claims, and to understand which one, if any, may be a good complement to other healthy lifestyle choices.
To help you navigate this process, we are publishing the SharpBrains Checklist below, based on dozens of interviews with scientists, experts and consumers:
10 Questions to Choose the Right Brain Fitness Program for You (and a brief explanation of why each question is important)
* 1. Are there scientists, ideally neuropsychologists, and a scientific advisory board [Read more…] about Brain Fitness Program: How to Evaluate and Choose One