Brain Training Research

Research Confirms Brain Training Works!

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Or can you? Science has now upended what Grandpa used to tell us! The debate about whether the aging brain can still grow new neural connections (neurogenesis) has raged for decades. Trends in Neuroscience recently published an article touting strong evidence of neurogenesis that continues as we… read more

Four Facts You Need To Know NOW About Dementia and Brain Training

I went jogging with my mom the other day, and despite her looming three-quarter-century birthday coming up (75 for those non math-minded folks) she kept me on my toes. She has been a lifelong runner and physical fitness is important to her. But what about her brain health? Unfortunately, most of the aging population is… read more

Dyslexia Dissected

Dyslexia has been scientifically recognized as a cognitive reading deficit for the past century, yet until recently little was understood about the underlying neural mechanisms of the disorder. Diagnosis has historically been made clinically; that is, based on evidence of difficulties with reading, spelling, and writing despite otherwise typical intelligence. Early intervention programs such as… read more

Is Football Safe For Kids? Science Says No.

Football season is over, and little Johnny is already begging to attend the local summer football day-camp. Watching the NFL playoffs was a great bonding time between Johnny and his dad, and that enjoyment of football is a great connection. He’s only 10, and it seems harmless enough, right? Recent research says otherwise. Neurological evaluation… read more

Don’t Look At Me With That Tone of Voice!

Every day we are confronted with a myriad of facial expressions and correlating interpretations. I head into a meeting with a new colleague: Is that a welcoming smile, a condescending smirk, or a fake show of teeth to hide nervousness? What about that look I got from my daughter’s ballet teacher: was she frowning in… read more

Neurological Evidence of Autism

A healthy brain is constantly in motion with complex and instantaneous neural connections from dawn to dusk, and even during those sleeping hours between. For most people these connections are as unique as a snowflake and yet as consistently similar as the human form. As a human grows there are typical characteristics of neural connectivity… read more

Can Excited Brain Waves Make for a Better Memory?

Imagine this: college students lined up along rows of small computer screens, with audiovisual stimuli streaming at the precise oscillations to increase theta brain waves and enhance memory of the upcoming lecture. This futuristic image might not be as far-fetched as you think! Researchers from the University of California’s Center for Neuroscience are experimenting with… read more

I Think I Can, I Think I Can!

Lessons Learned from The Little Engine That Could Twenty-one kindergarten students sat hunched over worksheets, with brightly colored crayons strewn about, and cheerfully colored in the pictures of various fruits. Three children in the classroom were otherwise occupied. One little girl had scribbled quickly across the shapes and now bounced in her seat crowing, “I’m… read more

Football Star’s Incredible Story of Recovery with Brain Training

As high school football season ramps up, parents and professionals are increasingly pressing for research on treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries. Over the past several years science has revealed the devastating dangers of repeated blows to the head and/or multiple concussions in children and young adults. Media coverage of past NFL players has brought… read more

Memory Olympics

Memory athletes are some of the best in the world at retaining information. They compete to see who can remember the most numbers, images, faces/names, words, and card sequences. Researchers wanted to see if these techniques could be used to amplify the memories of average people. Using mnemonics is one of the fastest ways to… read more

Brain Training In Law School

Want even smarter lawyers trying the big cases? Add brain training to their law school curriculum! That’s exactly what they tried with a small group of law students at Texas Tech University. After 30 days of training skills such as strategic attention, reasoning, and innovation, students showed increased scores of tests of advanced reasoning, integrated… read more

Grandma, what a beautiful brain you have!

Did you know that changes in the brain following brain training in seniors with mild cognitive impairment are visible on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? In a study published in the Journal of Neuroimaging, Researchers from the Gibson Institute looked at changes in the Default Mode Network (DMN) of the brain after 72 hours of LearningRx… read more