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Mental athletes gathering in Boston for the USA Memory Championship

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Mem­o­ry Con­test Comes To MIT, Where Brain Sci­en­tists Explain Why Train­ing Works (WBUR):

For the last few months, 13-year-old Claire Wang of Los Ange­les has been train­ing her mem­o­ry with play­ing cards, phone num­bers, soft­ware — “what­ev­er I can get my hands on,” she says.

She’s been buff­ing up her skills to com­pete in an annu­al sport­ing tour­na­ment where the ath­letes are not phys­i­cal but men­tal. Read the rest of this entry »

Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD

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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 the rest of this entry »

Six tips for social-emotional learning (SEL) to transfer into real-world skills

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Social-emo­tion­al learn­ing (SEL) teach­es the key atti­tudes and skills nec­es­sary for under­stand­ing and man­ag­ing emo­tions, lis­ten­ing, feel­ing and show­ing empa­thy for oth­ers, and mak­ing thought­ful, respon­si­ble deci­sions. For five years, I was an edu­ca­tor in the field teach­ing mind­ful­ness and emo­tion­al skills to teenagers at six dif­fer­ent high schools.

Over and over, I saw the pow­er of mind­ful­ness to trans­form the inner lives of stu­dents. Stu­dents became less stressed, more self-reg­u­lat­ed, and more thought­ful toward their class­mates. But I also saw that Read the rest of this entry »

Next week in LA, and online: Brain Longevity Therapy Training by The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation

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Heads-up: The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), a long­stand­ing sup­port­er of Sharp­Brains events and activ­i­ties, will be con­duct­ing its first Brain Longevi­ty Ther­a­py Train­ing — com­bin­ing pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment with a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process — next week in Los Ange­les, CA (also with a livestream option).

And they are gen­er­ous­ly shar­ing dis­count codes (below) for inter­est­ed Sharp­Brains read­ers. Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Brain Longevity Therapy Training, by The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, to take place October 19th-22nd

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The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), a long­stand­ing sup­port­er of Sharp­Brains events and activ­i­ties, will be con­duct­ing its first Brain Longevi­ty Ther­a­py Train­ing — com­bin­ing pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment with a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process — dur­ing 4 days late Octo­ber in Los Ange­les, CA (also with a livestream option). And they are gen­er­ous­ly shar­ing dis­count codes for inter­est­ed Sharp­Brains read­ers (see below) Read the rest of this entry »

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