Brain Education

King5: Scientists say technology can work against students

A recent survey of 500 elite business decision-makers found almost half believe today’s college graduates are less prepared for work than they were 15 years ago. They may be more tech-savvy than ever, but why aren’t students learning the skills they need to succeed? They can navigate their smart phones update social media and retrieve […]

Bloomberg: Brain Training Seen as Dud for Attention-Deficit Children

Robin Hansen was hoping to help her son pass a community-college baking course when she heard about Cogmed software. Hansen paid a psychologist $1,500 for the five-week training program, sold as a learning and memory aid. Her son, diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, worked 50 minutes, five days a week, on Cogmed’s memory […]

British Psychological Society : Can cognitive training boost self-control?

Cognitive theories tell us that one way of enhancing self-control may be to change the automatic associations we build throughout our lives between the stimuli around us and our responses. In 2011, Dr Katrijn Houben from the University of Maastricht provided support for this idea by showing that training people to stop simple motor actions to unhealthy […]

Forbes: Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning

Although academics, including cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, and education researchers, have waged fierce debates about what these different needs are—some talk about multiple intelligences and learning styles whereas others point to research that undermines these notions—what no one disputes is that each student learns at a different pace. Some students learn quickly. Others learn more slowly. […]

WFMZ News: Smart Schools, Smart Students

They can navigate their smart phones, update social media and retrieve information in a split second, but cognitive neuroscientist Jacque Gamino said today’s students are lacking the basic skills they need to thrive in the workforce. “They have information at their fingertips, more information than we had growing up, but they don’t know what to […]

New York Times: Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain

The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study. Encouragingly, the findings also suggest that if you negligently neglected to exercise when young, you can start now and still improve the health of your brain. Those of […]

SFGate: Creating video games to improve mental health

The game seems pretty simple. An alien-looking creature stands on a block of ice that’s flowing down a river. The goal is to maneuver the ice around whales and other hurdles and periodically cause the alien to “jump” to grab green fish as they leap out of the water. The game is played on a tablet, […]

NPR: Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

The greatest improvement was for the people who learned digital photography and Photoshop — perhaps, Park says, because it was the most difficult. Jimmy Wilson, 82, agreed to learn to use a computer, a camera and Photoshop for the trial. “That was really quite a challenge for me when I got into the photo class,” […]

abc 7: Smart schools, smart students

“They have information at their fingertips, more information than we had growing up, but they don’t know what to do with it,” Jacque Gamino, PhD, Cognitive Neuroscientist, Center for BrainHealth, The University of Texas at Dallas, told Ivanhoe. Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman believes technology can work against students. “We’re literally building an ADHD brain by […]

Boston Globe: MIT brain game leads to neural circuit, scientific paper

A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and more than 2,000 coauthors known only by online handles such as “crazyman4865,” “magret,” and “Riley_Light” on Sunday reported a new map of a neural circuit in the eye that helps detect movement. The paper published in the journal Nature is the first report from EyeWire, a citizen […]