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Cognitive Training

Here you have SharpBrains’ 5 most popular articles on cognitive training since 2006. Remember that you can subscribe to our free monthly Newsletter to receive new articles on the topic.

Does cognitive training work? (For Whom? For What?)
– By Dr. Pascale Michelon
The growing field of cognitive training (one of the tools for brain fitness) can appear very confusing as the media keeps reporting contradictory claims. These claims are often based on press releases, without a deeper evaluation of the scientific evidence.
Let’s take a couple of recent examples, in successive days:
“It doesn’t work!” type of headline:
Reuters (Feb. […]
Working Memory Training can Influence Brain Biochemistry
– By Dr. David Rabiner
I wanted to alert you to a very interesting finding published in a recent issue of Science, one of the world’s leading scientific journals.
The study was led by Dr. Torkel Klingberg and his colleagues from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The goal was to learn whether Working Memory Training is associated with changes in brain […]
Brain fitness & training heads towards its tipping point
– By Dr. Gerard Finnemore
How do you know when something is fast moving towards a Gladwellian tipping point? When health insurance companies and public policy makers launch significant initiatives.
For example, the government of Ontario recently announced a $10 million investment with Baycrest Research Centre who will partner with MaRS Venture Group to develop and commercialise brain fitness technologies. The […]
Are videogames good for YOU? Depends on who YOU are
– By Alvaro Fernandez
Two recent scientific studies published by Dr. Arthur Kramer and colleagues present fascinating results. The two studies are:
1) Basak C, et al “Can training in a real-time strategy video game attenuate cognitive decline in older adults?” Psychol Aging 2008; DOI: 10.1037/a0013494.
2) Boot, W. R., Kramer, A. F., Simons, D. J., Fabiani, M. & Gratton, G. […]
Cognitive Training and Brain Fitness Computer Programs: Interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
– By Alvaro Fernandez
Alvaro Fernandez (AF): Elkhonon, maybe we could start with VygotskyAt one of my Stanford classes, I became fascinated by his theory of learning. Which links into modern neuropsychology.
Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg (EG): Vygotsky proposed that learning requires internalization. And that internalization equals, literally, a change in the brain of the learner. Of course there […]

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