A Criticism Of Brain Training – And An Answer To It

An interesting paper came across my radar week – “Placebo effects in cognitive training” published in PNAS (with a paywall, unfortunately). In this paper, the authors investigate the effect that people’s expectations might have on the results of brain-training experiments. Every research study needs to recruit people to participate, and a common way is to…

Keep Your Brain Sharp by Staying Busy

According to a new study that looked at cognition levels of adults aged 50–89 with a busy lifestyle, the busier you are the greater your cognition is likely to be. While excessive busyness can create stress—which is known to have negative ramifications such as narrowed attention, impaired working memory, and interference with knowledge acquisition—the authors…

FTC Takes Action on Brain Training

There are quite a few brain-training programs around, and it can take an expert to figure out which ones actually work. Unfortunately, too many programs have little or no science backing up their claims to improve brain function. BrainHQ is different: people with deep knowledge of the brain designed our exercises, and a wealth of…

BrainHQ Improves Internal Locus of Control – Here’s Why That Matters

An early study of BrainHQ brain training exercises found that training can improve internal locus of control. Unless you are a Psychology professor, you are probably thinking, “what the heck does that mean, and why should I care?” This excerpt from Exploring Psychology in Modules with Updates on DSM-5, 9th Edition, by David G Myers, beautifully explains what…

Low-Impact Exercise and Activities Can Also Boost Brain

You have probably heard that aerobic exercise is important for brain health, but here is some good news: studies show that low-impact exercise and activities can also boost the brain. For example, gardening, swimming, and dancing have all been found to benefit the brain. For instance, engaging activities that include varied movement, like gardening, can…

“Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit with the Dalai Lama

Did you miss the “Neuroplasticity and Healing” Summit with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Michael Merzenich, Dr. Edward Taub, and Norman Doidge? Or did you find the video feed a bit lengthy and hard to understand? The wonderful Brain Science Podcast–long on the top of our “great neuroscience podcasts” lists–has created an excellent episode featuring highlights…

Long-Term Shift Work May Prematurely Age the Brain

Recent research has found that chronic shift workers–especially, those who have done shift work for at least 10 years–may suffer from a premature aging of the brain equivalent to 6.5 years. The problem occurs because of a disruption in the circadian rhythms of the brain. The researchers believe that disrupting the body’s internal clock can…

Study: BrainHQ Improves Balance & Gait, Reduces Fall Risk

The second in an exciting pair of new studies on fall risk and mobility published this month.  The latest study showed that training (for 20 hours with visual exercises found in BrainHQ) resulted in what the university-based researchers found to be significant and “large” gains in standard measures of balance and mobility. The performance of…