A Brain that Keeps on Teaching: H.M.’s Story

If you’ve ever dabbled in neuroscience (or work at a neuroscience-based company, like I do) you may have come across the story of “H.M.” H.M. was a man who had brain surgery in the 1950s to stop severe seizures. The surgeon ended up removing large pieces of H.M.’s brain. The result: far fewer seizures, and…

Controversies in Computerized Cognitive Training

A few months ago, a scientific colleague – Dr. Phil Harvey, of the University of Miami – came to me with a fun idea. He had been giving talks at various universities about cognitive training, and always got a lot of questions about the back-and-forth that seems to dominate our field (Cognitive training works! Cognitive…

Memory, IQ and EQ

We spend a lot of time building solutions to improve memory and the brain’s speed and accuracy…we understand how those improvements in brain performance translate into measurable, real-world impact.  I was struck today, though, about the importance of the brain in emotional situations. A lapse in emotional intelligence – from misunderstanding your own or another’s emotional state…

Misleading Science Claims: The Case of Baby Einstein

A few years ago Disney announced that it is offering refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs purchased in the past five years. Why? Baby Einstein claimed to make babies “smarter,” but doesn’t. In fact, research suggests that if anything, watching such DVDs slows learning development in young children. Threatened with a class-action lawsuit, Disney began to…

Repair … Reactivate … Rejuvenate

Repair, Reactivate and Rejuvenate are all words I just came across while reading a magazine aimed at the more ‘sophisticated and achievement-oriented’ women of America.  Unfortunately these words were not in an article for brain fitness – although they could have been as that is what brain fitness exercises have been proven to achieve.   Instead the words were…

Why isn’t brain health top of mind?

Why isn’t brain health top of mind? Recently I’ve been speaking to people all over the country about what a healthy lifestyle means to them.  The reason I’m doing this is to understand where brain health fits in with overall health: eating right, exercise and emotional health.  What I mostly hear from folks is that…