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How a simple brain training program could help you stay away from alcohol

How a simple brain training program could help you stay away from alcoholShutterstockAround one in five Australians will develop an alcohol use disorder, such as dependence, during their lifetime. Reports suggest some people have been drinking more during the COVID pandemic, potentially putting themselves at greater risk of becoming dependent. While some people will seek treatment for problem drinking, more than half of...

Preview: ABC‘s Redesign my Brain with Todd Sampson

Preview: ABC‘s Redesign my Brain with Todd SampsonOver the show‘s three episodes, Todd Sampson tests whether it‘s possible to enhance his mind, using exercises designed by scientists. ABCWe live in an age of great public fascination with minds and brains; books about brain plasticity, for instance, regularly make the bestseller lists. This fascination is not merely the product of our thirst for kn...

Health Check: does brain training make you smarter?

Health Check: does brain training make you smarter?


No one disputes that extensive training on a specific task will improve performance on that task. Paul BoxleyNo one who has kept their head out of the sand over the past several years needs to be told “brain training” is a hot topic. And it’s big business too, with advocates using claims such as “personal training designed by scientists” ...

Brain-training apps just make you better at playing games

Brain-training apps just make you better at playing games#Fail. SlipstreamJC #Fail. SlipstreamJC I’m not old by any means, but I’ve become a little more forgetful lately. This morning I poured myself a thermos of coffee and left for lab, abandoning it on the kitchen counter. I nearly forgot about the paper I had to review this week until I saw the deadline looming on my desk calendar. And I didn’t ...

Brain training games won‘t help children do better at school

Brain training games won‘t help children do better at schoolA quick game on the way to school won‘t help ace the maths test. Boy on tablet by Twin Design/ShutterstockThere has been a big increase recently in the number of computerised “brain training” programs marketed at young children. These programs make impressive claims – that they can help children learn better, that they improve children’s fo...

Ignore the IQ test: your level of intelligence is not fixed for life

Ignore the IQ test: your level of intelligence is not fixed for lifeYou can do better. Answer sheet via Wichy/ShutterstockWe’re getting more stupid. That’s one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries such as the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. Such research feeds into a long-held fascination with testing human intelligence. Yet such de...

Brain-training isn‘t just a modern phenomenon, the Edwardians were also fans

Brain-training isn‘t just a modern phenomenon, the Edwardians were also fansDidn‘t improve their brains much. Review of Reviews (1904)Brain-training programmes are all the rage. They are part of a growing digital brain-health industry that earned more than US$1 billion in revenue in 2012 and is estimated to reach US$6 billion by 2020. The extent to which they actually improve brain function remains hotly debated. But there...

Brain training can help develop building blocks needed for maths and reading

Brain training can help develop building blocks needed for maths and readingDon‘t understand? Do a bit of brain training. mfhiatt, CC BY-NC-SAA recent article in The Conversation by Emma Blakey addressed a widespread concern about exaggerated claims made by developers of brain training products. Blakey correctly pointed out that the evidence for the effects of brain training on children’s performance at school is weak. B...

Aging brains aren‘t necessarily declining brains

Aging brains aren‘t necessarily declining brainsIt‘s not all bad news for older brains. Man image via www.shutterstock.comFor years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer memory and greater distractibility. Physical measures of brain stru...

Does brain training work? That depends on your purpose

Does brain training work? That depends on your purposeThe effectiveness of brain-training games depends on what outcome you‘re hoping to achieve. ShutterstockOver the last decade, an ever-growing number of brain-training programs claiming to enhance learning, memory and general well-being have been developed and marketed for use in the classroom. Unfortunately, despite many years of laboratory researc...

Game your way to weight loss, thanks to new research

Game your way to weight loss, thanks to new researchNew goals ShutterstockThere are many different ways which people try to lose weight. After a long day in the office some people manage to drag themselves to the gym and squeeze in that all-important cardio session. Others may regularly find themselves forgoing the gym to head home and relax. And there are a huge range of diet plans, many of which r...

So much talk about ‘the brain‘ in education is meaningless

So much talk about ‘the brain‘ in education is meaninglessTeaching ‘the student‘ and teaching ‘the brain‘ is the same thing. from www.shutterstock.com.auYou may have noticed a steady increase in the use of brain-based language in education recently. You may also have noticed that, beyond the creation of some lucrative learning tools, this language hasn’t done much to meaningfully add to the teaching/lea...

At last, a gold-standard study on brain training

At last, a gold-standard study on brain trainingUse it or lose it www.shutterstock.comThe headlines The Telegraph: Alzheimer’s disease: Online brain training “improves daily lives of over-60s” Daily Mail: The quiz that makes over-60s better cooks: Computer brain games ‘stave off mental decline’ Yorkshire Post: Brain training study is “truly significant” The story A new trial shows ...

Brain training – why it‘s no walk in the park

Brain training – why it‘s no walk in the parkWe don‘t need fancy gadgets to improve our brain power. ScandinavianStock/Shutterstock.comYou’ve probably heard of “brain training exercises” – puzzles, tasks and drills which claim to keep you mentally agile. Maybe, especially if you’re an older person, you’ve even bought the book, or the app, in the hope of staving off mental decline....

The science, drugs and tech pushing our brains to new limits

The science, drugs and tech pushing our brains to new limitsJonathan Cohen/Flickr, CC BY-NCA recent explosion of neuroscience techniques is driving substantial advances in our understanding of the brain. Combined with developments in engineering, machine learning and computing this flowering has helped us enhance our cognitive abilities and potential. In fact, new research into the extraordinary machine in ...
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