The Evidence for Brain Training – Seeing the Whole Picture

Brain training works! Brain training doesn’t work! Every week, I see a new headline in the news about brain training, and they reliably go back and forth between these two extremes like the tick-tock of a clock. Why the back and forth? If a study shows that brain training works in one week, how can…

Brain Training and Bipolar Disorder

One of the most significant issue facing people with mental illness is their ability to integrate into society—to make friends, hold down a productive job, and contribute to their families. Imagine two people with bipolar disorder, both suffering the severe mood swings between manic energy and deep depression. One stays in touch with friends from…

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…

Brain Training and Its Critics

When I was in college, I took a lot of science courses. Really, a lot — maybe even too many. And mostly what they taught me was how scientists believed the world worked — right then, as of the early 1990’s. Luckily for me, my college roommate took a somewhat broader curriculum, and much to my benefit, we talked…