Why “Brain Training” doesn’t work. Mmm...brains, anyone?
Opening up my Guardian today, I was pleased to read their report on the Which? Magazine survey focusing on “Brain Training” games. You know the sort; the user is given a simple repetitive task to do, such as adding up numbers, and over time it will ‘improve’ your brain. Except that it won’t really. Well, not much more then any other activity, such as doing a crossword. The Which? Online brain-training: does it really work? My week has been pretty hectic so far.
On Monday, I manned a busy beach bar and had to remember a range of ice-cream and pizza orders for a constant stream of customers. On Tuesday, I had to shoot down a selection of rapidly moving birds in a forest dense with autumnal leaves. On Wednesday, I had to think of as many words as I could beginning with "TO". And that was before I'd even started on memorising a repetitive polygon shape as it flashed up at ever-increasing speed.
Memorize This! Exercises to Improve Memory Won't Help You Learn Better. A recently released review of studies finds no evidence that working memory exercises improve general cognitive performance. In the last several years, working memory exercises have gained popularity. This is due in part to their claims to benefit students. They are often sold as help for poor academic performance, ADHD, dyslexia, language disorders, and other issues. Some even claim to boost people’s IQs. Lab UK - Brain Test Britain results. Brain training doesn't boost brain power, work suggests. Volunteers on Bang Goes the Theory got better at the games Brain training games do not improve overall brain power, a scientific study launched by the BBC suggests.
The largest ever investigation followed 11,430 people over six weeks to see what effect, if any, playing brain training computer games would have. While players got progressively better at the games, the gains were not transferable, Nature journal reports. Players gained nothing in terms of general reasoning, memory, planning or visuospatial abilities, experts found. But they say more work is needed to see if workouts for the mind can help keep the brain "fit" as it ages. Leading game maker Nintendo said their Dr Kawashima brain training games did not claim to be scientifically proven to improve cognitive function. In a statement it said the games require users to perform a number of "fun challenges incorporating simple arithmetic, memorization and reading". Put to the test. $1 Million Study Brings Big Benefit for Local Students.
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Nearly 3,000 children and adults received training in 2009 at our 70 brain training centers throughout the United States. Some were college students. Others were career or senior adults. Many were students struggling to do better in school. Creative Acuity. In This Bloutcher Where Art, Life and Leadership CollideCreative AcuityCreative Acuity I just got off the phone with Bob Handley (not his real name.)
Bob is the Head of Strategic Planning for a Fortune 500 Company (his real job.) Let's just say he works a lot with numbers. In the parlance of creativity, he's a left brain sort of guy. Except he really isn't. Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. Course Objective By the end of this online course you will have gained the understanding and information required to apply emerging science and tools to enhance your own brain health and functionality across the lifespan.
Registered participants can log into the course here, and gain access to four recorded lectures–each lasting two hours– and to online materials and discussions. Session I. Debunking Brain and Brain Fitness Myths.Session II. How to Address the Basics.Session III. Course Description Summary: Information overload and longer lives expose our brains to more demands than even before. Companies turn to brain games to tackle work stress. By Katherine Reynolds Lewis FORTUNE -- Jeanne Siersdorfer is no stranger to distraction.
The 59-year-old government relations specialist at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio works in an open office environment where it's all too easy to latch onto cubicle neighbors' conversations. But Siersdorfer has a secret weapon: hours of computer time she's logged balancing a virtual basketball while other objects fly across the computer screen. "I catch myself and say, 'focus, focus, focus.' I visualize that crazy basketball and trying to balance it and the next thing I know, I'm back in my zone at work," she says. Unlike other office workers who may play solitaire or Words With Friends on the sly, Nationwide actually encourages Siersdorfer to play the basketball game, among others, and has made it a part of its wellness plan. MORE: Looking ahead, optimism prevails. "The brain, we're finding out, is much like muscles in the body.
"I've been aware of the science for quite a while. Online Brain Training - Our Research Findings and Discoveries. Brain-based learning, ideas, and materials. The Benefits of Executive Control Training and the Implications for Language Processing. 1 Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA 2 Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA Recent psycholinguistics research suggests that the executive function (EF) skill known as conflict resolution – the ability to adjust behavior in the service of resolving among incompatible representations – is important for several language processing tasks such as lexical and syntactic ambiguity resolution, verbal fluency, and common-ground assessment.
Here, we discuss work showing that various EF skills can be enhanced through consistent practice with working-memory tasks that tap these EFs, and, moreover, that improvements on the training tasks transfer across domains to novel tasks that may rely on shared underlying EFs. About Us Advanced Brain Monitoring. For over a decade we have been designing and validating novel diagnostic devices and targeted treatment solutions.
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Monday's Mercury News had an excellent feature article written by Steve Johnson on "The Brain Business. " It highlights several of the neurotech industry findings found in the report my company recently published on the industry. Here is a bit of the article (see the Mercury News website for more.... By Steve Johnson Mercury News The prospect of a billion people nearing the age when they risk brain-related illnesses like Alzheimer's disease or chronic pain is helping fuel a costly scramble by biotechnology firms to find solutions. Personalized Medicine - Depression Treatment - Brain Database - Brain Resource. Brain Resource’s proprietary Brain Database is the largest in the world and measures all aspects of the brain in a truly integrated and standardized platform – it powers all our products. By bringing together an array of brain related data, including genomic information, electrical measures of brain and body function, MRIs as well as cognitive and medical history data, we have a breadth of understanding and insight into the brain and its function which is unmatched.
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Our Programs: NeuroLeadership 101Virtual: Four 90-minute Teleclasses | Live: One-day Workshop Discover what’s been missing in Leadership Development. Brain game company Lumosity earned $24M in revenue in 2012, now reaches 35M members. ( gigaom.com ) -- If you get too distracted to read this story the whole way through, perhaps you should consider joining the millions of people train their brains with Lumosity . On Thursday, the San Francisco-based maker of brain fitness games and neuroscience research company said that it had grown 150 percent year-over-year to reach more 35 million people worldwide. In January of this year alone, the company said the mobile app was downloaded nearly 50,000 times a day, with its website receiving more than 17 million unique U.S. visitors. CEO Kunal Sarkar also said the companyâÂÂs revenue has increased by more than 100 percent each year since its launch and reached $24 million in 2012.
ThatâÂÂs good news for the company, especially considering the more than $70 million Lumosity has raised in the last few years and the millions of dollars spent on marketing, including TV ads. Lumosity doesn’t consider itself an education company in the traditional sense. Subscriber content. Instructors « Brain Boost. Chief Instructor: Michael Fernandez Michael is the Founder and Chief Instructor.