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Circadian Rhythms for Cognition and Health

We have evolved an internal biological clock, called the circadian rhythm, to help our bodies adapt to the daily cycle of day and night (light and dark) as the Earth rotates every 24 hours. The term “circadian” comes from the Latin words for ‘about’ (circa) and ‘a day’ (diem). Circadian Rhythm Basics Our cells contain tiny molecular […]

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Working Memory Brain Training Mechanisms

Neuroplasticity Mechanisms of Working Memory (WM) Training Transfer: How Brain Training Works Brain training neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to reorganize its structure, function and connections as a result of training.  General principles Transfer can occur if the criterion and transfer tasks depend on shared networks. Working memory, attention control and fluid reasoning depend on […]

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Notes on the brain’s functional networks using the graph-theoretic approach

Brain’s Functional Networks ➤Fronto-Parietal Network ➤Dorsal Attention Network ➤Salience Network ➤Cingulo-Opercular Network ➤Ventral Attention Network ➤Default Mode Network ➤Auditory Network ➤Visual Network ➤➤Somatosensory-Motor Network ➤Subcortical Network 3 additional networks, including… ➤Memory retrieval Network?~ ➤Post-retrieval monitoring Network? Brain Regions and Functions . . Fronto-Parietal Network Anterior dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex (aDLPFC) Intra-parietal sulcus IIPS) and inferior parietal lobule […]

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Meta-Analyses of Brain Training for Over 50s: A Review

Scientific interest in brain training designed to maintain or improve cognitive functions in the aging brain has been rapidly increasing over the last decade. Numerous studies have shown that neuroplastic change in brain connectivity and function is considerable up to very old age (1, 2, 3, 4). In this review I will be reviewing the peer-reviewed literature […]

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Brief Review of 2015-2016 Studies on Brain Training for Depression, Anxiety and Burnout

Here I review the latest peer-reviewed studies and meta-analyses that look at the benefits of working memory and executive control brain training for depression and anxiety. For some quick definitions, working memory is our ‘mental workspace’ that stores and processes task-relevant information. It is the interface between the current focus of attention and long-term memories. Executive control is our ability to […]

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Review of 2014-2015 Meta-Analyses on Working Memory Training for IQ and Working Memory

For some quick definitions, general intelligence (g) is how smart we are, a single factor underlying our general cognitive ability. Working memory is our ‘mental workspace’ that stores and processes task-relevant information. It is the interface between the current focus of attention and long-term memories. interface between the current focus of attention and long-term memories. Executive control is our […]

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IQ, Working Memory, Decision Making, EQ, Resilience and Mental Health Test Battery App

download free test battery app (no cost) To activate the app use: 1208-56e63d2d5e9d0f578d77ef5bf8bb1a60 Instructions This app is designed for pre and post- brain training measures of cognitive performance, using scientifically validated brain training apps such as i9 . It can also be used freely for valid measures of your IQ, working memory capacity and decision-making competence, whether […]

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Research Ethics For Computerized Cognitive Training Interventions

Stanford Center for Longevity and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, released “A Consensus on the Brain-Training Industry From the Scientific Community,” (2013) a statement objecting “to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline.” 70 psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology professors in the […]

Fasting, Exercise and Mental Effort for Improved Health, Immunity and Brain Function

Fasting, Exercise and Mental Effort for Improved Health, Immunity and Brain Function.

Decision-Making Competence – What Improves Decision Making?

Decision Making Competence Study Decision-Making Study 1: Mark Ashton Smith & Matthew Checkley, 2012. In this study we construct a principle component analysis model of decision making competence.