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Thursday, November 1, 2007

10 myths about training your brain demistified

The brain can be trained. Use it or Loose it is also applicable to your brains.
On Sharpbrain some myths about brain training are discussed.

We are now witnessing the birth of a new industry that crosses traditional sector boundaries and that may help us understand, assess and train our brains, harnessing the growing research about neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons), neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to rewire itself through experience), cognitive training and emotional regulation.

Let's now debunk 10 myths, still too prevalent, that may prevent us from seeing the full potential of this emerging field

I liked this one:

Myth 7: Videogames are always a waste of time.

Reality: Scientifically-designed, computer-based programs can be a good vehicle for training specific skills. For example, it has been shown that short term memory can be expanded by such programs.

• “We have shown that working memory can be improved by training.” – Dr. Torkel Klingberg, Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Karolinska Institute.

Sure goes for Quake and Doom as well

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