Tinnitus: A Special Example of a Failure Mode for your Plastic Brain

Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on Dr. Merzenich’s blog On The Brain on June 13, 2009. Millions of individuals (2% of humankind) are plagued by continuous sounds generated in their skulls, not coming from the real world. Because these ringing or roaring sounds are inescapable and because they strongly influence emotional-control processes in the brain, they…

HIV-Related Cognitive Decline – Webinar with Dr. Sean Rourke

We are so excited to be sponsoring a webinar entitled HIV-Related Cognitive Decline: Can Brain Training Help? The webinar will be held this Thursday, June 10, from 1-2 PM Pacific time. Our esteemed host will be Sean Rourke, PhD, a professor in the department of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Toronto. He specializes…

Evaluating Brain Fitness Programs – Which Should I Choose?

The brain fitness market has expanded rapidly in recent years, and there is now a large selection of computer and on-line brain training exercises to choose from. At one end of the spectrum are games that are purely for entertainment purposes. At the other end are exercises that have been scientifically validated in clinical trials.…

Convergence = Computer Science + Entertainment + Brain Science

There are three trends driving convergence of entertainment of computer science and entertainment. The first is the customers’ expectation is that content will follow the customer across multiple devices. The second is creators, the people and companies who produce the content, are becoming a much broader group. And the third is the canvas, as the underlying technology being used for the creation of the entertainment experience, is broadening the interactions consumers can have with content.

Daily TED Talk – Michael Merzenich on Re-wiring the Brain

This week something really neat is happening in Long Beach, California. It’s the annual TED Conference– a meeting of some of the world’s great minds of science, technology, design, and entertainment. While not all of us are able to attend the very exclusive TED Conference, we can all benefit from the wonderful videos they post…

More Good News: Brain Training Cuts Crash Risk in Half

The evidence in favor of brain training just keeps rolling in: even a small amount of brain training in brain fitness software like InSight or DriveSharp can cut the crash risk of older driver’s in half. Don’t believe me? Check at this recent study presented at this year’s annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board…