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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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